Amok Mac with I Smell Children Jam

Spooky season is upon us!!

One of our favorite Halloween dishes is this Amok Mac with I Smell Children Jam. “It reeks like children!!”

Dedicated to the 1993 classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus, our favorite Halloween movie… ok, that’s a lie. I can’t pick one favorite movie.

This dish doesn’t have any dead man’s toes, but it does have toxic cheese. Plus some children jam (bacon jam) that will have you waking up the next day younger and more beautiful.

When ’tis all hallows eve
And the moon is round
A virgin will summon us
From under the ground!
We shall be back!
And all the lives of the children of Salem will be mine!

Little “Sprinkles”

  • You will need green food coloring and a food processor
  • Add spinach for an extra green touch
  • Any kind of noodle will work
  • If you use salted butter, omit the salt the recipe calls for
  • Click here for the children jam (bacon jam) recipe. It will take you about 30 minutes
  • You can either make the cheese sauce or buy it. This recipe follows a homemade cheese sauce recipe
  • I used muenster, Tillamook Black Pepper Cheddar, and fresh Parm. I stuck with white/lighter colored cheeses so it would be easier to dye
  • If the cheese sauce is too thick for your liking, add a tad more milk
  • The cauldron came from Michael’s on sale for $3.99
  • I like to cook the children jam and noodles first then save the cheese sauce for last so I can pay attention to it

Serves: 4 – 5/6 people


  • Noodles, I used small elbow noodles – 1 package
  • Flour – 1/3 C
  • Cheese – 8.5 – 9 ounces / 2 ¼ – ½ C
  • Milk – 2 ½ C
  • Salt – ½ TSP
  • Pepper – ¼ TSP
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Paprika – ½ TSP
  • Onion Powder – 1 ½ TSP
  • Unsalted Butter – ¼ C
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Children Jam/Bacon Jam – recipe here

*Sauce Pot
*Stir Stick x2
*Food Processor
*Deep Skillet
*Cup: ¼, 1/3, ½, 1
*Tsp: ¼, ½, 1


  1. Start with making the children jam. This is the recipe that I use. Make this first as it will take around 30 – 45 minutes. Once the jam is done, set it aside
  2. At the same time you are preparing the bacon in the skillet, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Once the noodles are done, strain and set aside
  3. Mince garlic, shred cheese and set aside
  4. Now make the cheese sauce
    • Melt the butter in a large-deep skillet
    • Add flour and whisk for 1 – 2 minutes to cook out the flour taste
    • Pour in milk and continue to whisk until all lumps are dissolved
    • Whisk in onion powder, paprika, minced garlic, salt, and pepper
    • Cook until it starts to simmer, 8ish minutes
    • Turn off the heat, add in the grated cheese and stir until completely melted
    • Add several drops of green food coloring, and spinach if using
  5. Toss in cooked noodles and mix up completely
  6. Pour the mac n cheese into a cauldron and top with children jam
  7. Serve to your fellow witches and wizards! And keep an eye on the spell book—I heard Thackery Binx is around

And now time for some fun facts about Hocus Pocus!

  • It was originally a bedtime story for David Kirschner’s daughters
  • Then it became a short story in a magazine, then a movie
  • Sarah Jessica Parker had a relative accused of being a witch that was tried during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692
  • Thackery Binx’s voice as a cat was not the same actor who played him as a human
  • The director asked the women to ride their brooms with their personality. Sarah shows her love of flight by whimsically flying, Winifred is strong handed as she is the leader, and Mary is cautious
  • Billy had actual moths fly out of his mouth! They placed a moth-filled pouch in his mouth and they would fly out when he opened it. So delicious

Here is an article that I also enjoyed! “Hocus Pocus: 10 Details About The Sanderson Sister’s Costumes You Didn’t Notice


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