Sometimes I am just blown away by science. Like for instance, it still blows my mind that we humans have actually managed to get huge hunks of metal to fly through the air! And every time I fly in a plane, I am in complete awe of this. I know it's just basic physics, but it still amazes me.
And I have to admit that I was even a little amazed that my little chocolate cookie witch hats stayed afloat in this Melting Witch Halloween Punch! After all, it's punch.
I know ice cream, or Sherbert in this case, floats on soda, but I've made far too many assumptions about food science and structure as a young and inexperienced cake decorator to get too cocky. But I was curious about the science behind this - why does ice cream float on soda?
I just can't seem to get enough of the melting witch theme this Halloween! I recently made a delicious Melting Witch Chocolate Halloween Bark; it's such a fun theme that I had to run with it and create at least one more recipe before Halloween!
💭Why ice cream floats on soda
The reason that ice cream floats on soda has to do with density. You can read more about that You can read more about density HERE. I was simply thrilled that my little witch hats didn't sink. In the past I have made many assumptions, even ones with the laws physics on my side, and I was still left sorely disappointed. My first gingerbread house was a good example. You can read about building my gingerbread house HERE. And then there was the time I tried to make an edible support system for a cake (I was a bit obsessed with everything being edible at the time). But however crazy it was, it should have worked.
If you are looking for the ideal Halloween punch for kids, this recipe is what kids' dreams are made of: ice cream, limade, soda pop, candy, marshmallows, chocolate and cookies! It doesn't get much kid friendlier than that. And it's perfect for a witch themed or Halloween party.
For this recipe, you'll need:
- key lime sherbert
- lemon lime soda, Sprite or 7 up
- frozen limonade, from concentrate
- lemon lime sparkling water (no sugar or sweetener) - something like Perrier water
- Hershey's chocolate kisses
- Oreo (thins) sandwich cookies
- royal icing (or any icing)
- mini yellow marshmallows (buy a pack of colored marshmallows and use the yellow)
- black licorice
- candy eyes (I bought the red candy eyes at Michael's Arts & Crafts, but had a hard time finding them again.) However, Walmart's website shows them. You can use any type of candy eyes.
A punch bowl is ideal for this recipe, but you could also use a trifle bowl (I did this for my Easter Punch and it works great!) or any large bowl with a very wide rim.
🔪 Instructions for assembly
I made this green non alcoholic punch for my daughter's Guides Halloween party this year and it was a hit! However, transporting it to the party was challenging. I had to drive VERY slow. So, if the party is not at your house, I recommend you assemble the punch AT the party, just put the pieces together in advance (brooms and witch hats). I did not have that option, given I had to test it, then photograph it. If you are serving this at home, put it together just prior to serving.
💭 Top tip
You don't have to use royal icing for this recipe, but I do recommend you do. It's basically a very strong edible glue that dries hard. It will save you the frustration of having your pieces of witch brooms and witch hats come apart (and it holds up remarkably well in the liquid). You can buy it premade or make it yourself. The royal icing recipe I use for my gingerbread house is easy to make and very strong. Make sure you follow the directions carefully for both making, working with and storing royal icing!
👪 Serving size
This recipe serves about 20 (and the amounts are right for a typical punch bowl) but if you want more or less, simply change the servings (in blue) on the recipe card, select the number you want and the amounts will adjust accordingly. I would recommend you simply half or double the recipe. If you double it, you'll need 2 punch bowls.
This witch punch is a spooky, fun and green Halloween punch (non-alcoholic) that's fun for kids! And in retrospect, I guess I should have been confident that if my fellow humans can get metal to fly through the air, I can certainly get chocolate cookie witch hats to float on punch. But after my past experiences, I take nothing anything for granted when it comes to food and science.
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📋 Melting Witch Halloween Punch (non- alcoholic) Recipe
- 1.5 Litre container of key lime sherbert 946 ml
- 2 litres lemon lime soda/Sprite or 7 up
- 1 285 ml can of frozen limonade, concentrated
- .5 litre lemon lime sparkling water (no sugar or sweetener)
- With icing "Glue" Hershey kisses to the top of cookies. Set aside
- Cut licorice in half, then in half again (lengthwise) to make it thinner.
- Cut marshmallows into broom ends by using small scissors (reserved for food only) or a knife, and making small snips into one end of the marshmallow.
- With icing “Glue" licorice to marshmallow (uncut end) with a dab of royal icing. Set aside.
- In a punch bowl, add sparkling water, soda (sprite or 7-up) frozen concentrated limonade and 1 container (946 ml) of key lime sherbert. Mix.
- Add scoops of sherbert to the punch (so it floats on top). Use about ½ a 946 ml container.
- Place witch hats and brooms on mounds of sherbert, then add candy eyes. Serve immediately.