Micki is a forum friend of mine and she agreed to guest post this month. I love her Ways To Use Up Halloween Candy ideas!! Yum, is all I have to say. 🙂 ~Kelli
As soon as the kids walk in the door with all their Halloween candy, it gets dumped into one giant pile in the middle of our living room floor. With six kids, you can just imagine the horrifying large pile of candy. It’s enough to make any dentist think, “Cha-ching!”
Over the years we’ve had to develop a coping strategy for the candy. Luckily, we have two children with birthdays close to Halloween. We’ve used leftover Halloween candy to stuff goodie bags, decorate cakes and fill piñatas. But, the kids don’t have parties every year, so we needed to come up with other ideas to deal with the candy overload.
First, we pick through the candy. All the bubblegum and jaw breakers are immediately tossed in the garbage. Next, the kids dutifully hand over all the licorice to me. Sometimes, one will try to get on my goods side and give me a Twix or a bag of Whoppers.
Next, we separate out all the lollipops and other hard candies are sorted out. These are always eaten last. And, since they keep forever, they are usually saved as rewards through out the year. Yes, I said year. DH takes some to work to hand out as treats for his students when they get answers right.
What we have left is all the good stuff…chocolates, caramels, jelly beans…mmmmm
Then, we do something else completely horrifying: We let the kids eat as much as they want. At least one eats him or her self sick every year. Overnight, the candy makes a miraculous disappearance.
I’ve heard rumors that the Tooth Fairy sneaks into homes leaving money or gifts behind in exchange for the candy. It’s with the Tooth Fairy’s (and our dentist’s) blessing that the kids pig out on one night of candy. It’s far better for the kids to eat a large amount of candy in one sitting than to piece it out over a long period of time.
Around our house, the candy is eventually reincarnated into various desserts and sweet treats. Aside from the obvious of adding m-n-ms into cookies, you can add skittles into crispy rice treats, or use them to decorate cup cakes, cakes and cookies.
One of my favorite recipes is for Milk Dud Cookies: Peanut buttery goodness with a chocolate a caramel filling. Whoppers are great in milkshakes and Whoppers Pie. Those leftover lollipops and hard candies make beautiful stained glass window cookies (perfect for Christmas gift giving!)
The chocolate bars can be chopped up and added to any cookie recipe calling for chocolate chips. They also add a beautiful garnish when grated.
Tired of the sweets? Use the chocolate in a Mexican recipe! Mole is an amazing Mexican dish that mixes sweet and spicy by combing chocolates and chilies.
Bottom line: Halloween candy is a treat that can keep on giving and get you a head start on holiday baking!
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