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Top five tastiest fall treats of the season

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Courtesy of MCTCampus

Courtesy of MCTCampus

1. Affy Tapples (Caramel Apples)
The classic “Affy Tapples” have been around since 1948. They are always a pleasant fall treat that can be found in select stores, such as Schnucks, and can also be ordered online. They can usually be found in the dining centers during the fall seasons, as well! Affy Tapples can be ordered gourmet, coming in a variety of mouthwatering toppings such as sprinkles, peanuts, M&Ms and chocolate chips. Hey, it’s just like the rhyme says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Right?

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte
The autumn season means one thing — everything pumpkin flavor. And guess what? They’re back! A pumpkin spice lattes have been a favorite during the fall season for years, and they can be purchased right here on campus. Einstein’s Bros. Bagels in the Bone Student Center sells Pumpkin spice lattes hot AND cold. They can, also, be purchased at Fusion Brew on Main Street across from the old South Side residence halls and Coffee Hound in Uptown Normal. A pumpkin spice latte may be the perfect choice for your next late night study session.

3. Popcorn Balls
The beauty of popcorn balls is they’re like a blank canvas and you control what goes in. First, toss 12 cups of popped popcorn and 3 cups total of extra ingredients, such as M&Ms or dried fruit, in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Bring 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar, ¾ cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup and ½ cup of water to a boil, then reduce the heat until it reaches 260 degrees F. Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn, stir and let it sit for a minute or two. Then, with well-oiled hands, form 3-inch balls with the mixture, place on pans and let them cool completely. Place them in an airtight container, and, the hard part? Wait for up to four days… If you can.

4. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
The best part about this treat is that it’s not only a yummy snack, the approach to getting them is way more fun than grocery shopping. They’re actually very easy to make once all of the pumpkin gunk and strings are cleaned off of them. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. While the oven is preheating, toss the 1 ½ cups of pumpkin seeds in a bowl with two sticks of melted butter and a pinch of salt. After they’re completely covered, spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake them for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Stirring the seeds occasionally will help keep the seeds from burning. Let them cool and enjoy!

5. Candy Corn
Candy corn is the ultimate fall candy. But, many people don’t realize that it’s also a great mix in with different treats, as well. For instance, if eaten with peanuts, the combination tastes just like a PayDay candy bar. Candy corn actually tastes great with many forms of trail mix, such as M&Ms, pretzels, granola and caramel corn. A known favorite recipe with the candy is rice krispy treats with candy corn mixed in. The blend of the ooey-gooey marshmallow treat with the sugary candy makes it a mouthwatering delight that is hard to put down. However, I suppose the candy is addicting no matter what.

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