Monday, October 4, 2010

Beaulah and Zoulah's Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House & A Giveaway

If you are a follower of Red Couch Recipes by my
sister Joni, you may have already met Zoulah Boulah,
her guest for the month.  Now meet her twin sister,
Beaulah Boulah.  They both are so excited to share
their love of Halloween with you.

Today the two of them got together at Joni's house
to create uber cool Halloween Gingerbread houses.

(Let me tell you it was a long hard ride home on Beaulah's
broom to Purple Chocolat Home - trying to keep the
gingerbread house from falling or breaking - 1 1/2
hours by car - shorter and scarier by broom.)

Zoulah and Beaulah worked hard to put these cute
houses together for you.

They used a fun  gingerbread mold
from Williams Sonoma to make their houses.
They stopped selling them but you can find them
still on ebay.
You can find several other kinds on ebay.  This one is taller
than the Pampered Chef version and is listed on ebay as
the John Wright version packed for Williams Sonoma.
I just snagged a second one there, so check them out

This Haunted Halloween House is patterned
after their childhood home, where they
grew up in the haunted woods.

Filled with ghosts

And bats, spiders and witches.

Beaulah placed hers on a cake plate that used to
belong to her mother, Mrs. Boulah.

She even included a likeness of Mrs. Boulah on her
haunted house.

Their pet spiders are scurrying out the door to make room
for you, their guests.

And if they don't make you feel welcome, maybe he will.

They say they won't give away their secret family recipe
or a terrible curse will come upon them, but I
looked over their shoulders while they were cackling
away at some inane joke they were cracking and
they just used the recipe that comes with the
pan for the gingerbread and the icing.

(You could use your own recipe and a royal frosting
recipe for the icing.)

They say they are
just two twin sisters trying their best to welcome you to
their Halloween Bash. 
Beaulah was a little slow
getting off her broomstick (if you know what I mean)
so you can check out all that Zoulah has already done

And just to show you how hospitable they can
be, they made you some black licorice caramels.

Go ahead, have a few (she won't bite - not that she could
bite much with those teeth!)

A Boulah family favorite for centuries and centuries.

Black Licorice Caramels Recipe

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. light Karo syrup
1 C. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. anise oil
3/4 tsp. black paste food color

Mix everything but the oil and color in a heavy
saucepan.  You can use your heavy cauldon
if you prefer. Bring to a boil. 
Cook and stir until firm ball stage until 236 - 238.
Add anise oil and black coloring.  Pour into buttered
glass dish.  Let cool, then wrap in caramel wrappers.

Here Beaulah is stirring the black food coloring into
her bubbling cauldron.

Zoulah is the one with the steady hand, she pours the black
bubbling brew into the buttered dish.

If you aren't a fan of black or of licorice, the twins suggest
you might want to colors yours orange or yellow and
give it a different flavor.  They love anything sticky and
gooey that will rot their teeth out!

They are going to celebrate by posting this with



I am giving away a CSN gift certificate for
$65.  Click here to enter.  You must be a
follower or become a new follower to enter.
Giveaway ends October 14th.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Wow Jacqueline, my Ma love licorice, I might make her a home made batch for Halloween-thanks:@)

  2. Oh those witchy sisters did such a great job replicating their childhood home! survived the broom ride home. :)


  3. Please be sure and let Beaulah and Zoulah know that they have a fan in me! I'm in love with their haunted gingerbread house! Such beautiful details! Also, black licorice has been my favorite(Actually, the only licorice I like!)since I was a child! Black jelly beans are my favorite too. You can bet I will be making this candy:)

  4. What spooktacular Gingerbread house!!!

    Thank you for commenting on my Skeleton Gingerbread Men & Cats!


  5. what a treat this is for kids and grown ups alike - lots of time went into this spooktacular haunt.

  6. I've never thought of a Halloween Gingerbead house before. Very cool!

  7. I'll never truly be part of my husband's family until I like black licorice...:) But my hubby would seriously love this recipe!

    That house is amazing!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  8. Beaulah, what a great home you have made! It was so much fun working in the kitchen with you. You always have the best ideas. Your home turned out so well and your pics too. Thanks for zoom-brooming it in. Zoulah

  9. That gingerbread house is amazing - how perfect for Hallowe'en! And the liquorice caramels sound delish!

  10. What a fabulous blog you have! Those houses are great! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the comment love...have a wonderful day!

  11. Well hello and thank you so much for stopping by. I can't believe thats from a Gingerbread mold... ha. Have a great week. I think I need some candy corn now.

  12. That house is a work of art! And I love black licorice...I'm glad to find someone else who does too. It literally repels my husband - he won't come near me if I've eaten it! What a great post. -

  13. Halloween at your house looks like a blast! You have inspired me to get out the decorations and have some fun :D My congrats to Zoulah and Beaulah! They did an wonderful job!!


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