After you get over your initial sugar hangover, try these nifty ideas to make the most of all that leftover candy.
10. Homemade Flavored Vodka
Some candies dissolve beautifully in vodka to create “infused” booze. In addition to candy, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits or dried flowers. The recipe linked below uses Jolly Ranchers, but you can also try candy corn (use 1/2 cup candy corn for 1 1/2 cups vodka).
9. Make Hot Chocolate with Real chocolate
Melt a 1 oz. mini chocolate bar into a mug of milk, making sure to stir frequently. It’s especially tasty with rich chocolates such Dove miniatures.
8. Sweeten Your Cooking
Add some excitement to pork chops by adding a Pixie Sticks glaze. Simply combine red or white wine, vinegar, Pixie Sticks and salt. Feeling adventurous? Try adding Smarties or Red Hots to BBQ for a homemade chipotle sauce. Yum!
7. Make Movie Night Sweeter with Ice Cream Toppers
M&Ms and gummy bears make a great toppings for ice cream sundaes. You can also mix them directly into your ice cream. And don’t forget adding some mixed candy to your blended ice cream drinks.
6. Brownie Blends
Simply stir chopped candy directly into brownie batter. You can also sprinkle it as a topping or use it as a garnish for brownie sundaes.
5. Secret Treasure Cookies
Cut cookie dough (homemade or store-bought) into 12 slices, bring it to room temperature and then mold each slice around individual-size candies before baking.
4. Freeze & Forget It!
Place wrapped candy in a freezer bag and throw it in the freezer for later. Candy stored this way will last for up to a year. When you’re ready to use, thaw at room temperature (the whitish bloom’ that develops on chocolate candy when it freezes will go away after it thaws).
The same goes for cookies – which will keep for six months in the freezer when placed between sheets of freezer paper and stored in a plastic container. Keep the cookies between their wrappers for 10 to 15 minutes when thawing.
3. Make a Batch of Candy Coated Popcorn
Simply melt any type of leftover Halloween candy and use it as a glaze to coat popcorn (microwave or air-popped) in a large bowl. The key is to make sure the popcorn has no butter or salt (or as little as possible). Spread the glazed popcorn on a cookie sheet to dry, and voila: candy coated popcorn. Even better with nuts.
2. Try a New Recipe: Apple Candy Bar Salad
* a few Granny Smith apples
* a bunch of candy bars (e.g., Snickers, Baby Ruth or 3 Musketeers)
* Cool Whip
Cut the apples and candy bars into small pieces and mix them with thawed Cool Whip. If the candy is too mushy to cut, put it in the fridge for a few hours before cutting. Serve.
1. Our Favorite Idea… Share Them!
Donate your leftover Halloween candy to a food bank. While food banks tend to focus on necessities, many will welcome indulgent extras like candy. Find a food bank in your area by visiting Second Harvest.org
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