The Night of Diet Fails has officially passed! Congratulations on surviving. We all know moderation is key, but with the Mt. Everest of all candy stashes, it will take your kids until next October to plow through that bag of Halloween bounty. Here are some creative ways to cut that candy mountain down to size while looking like Martha Stewart is your personal dinner party planner. After all, cooking with Halloween candy is healthier than just eating it, right?
Rock Candy-ied Apples
Melt down Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers to create a cheerful holiday dessert—candied apples! This goes especially well with cinnamon, cherry or green apple but feel free to experiment! Preheat water in a double boiler pan over medium heat. Add crushed candy to the top part of the double boiler pan and stir constantly until the texture resembles corn syrup. Remove the pan from heat, and dip apples on sticks into the solution. Place the apples on a flat surface covered in wax paper to cool.
Enhance your holiday cookies with candy
Many candies like chocolate covered pretzels, M&M’s, Reese Pieces, and Reese Cups make great add in’s to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. Want to really impress your guests? Make a dark chocolate cookie and mix in some peppermint patties.
Better Brownies Via Candy
Of course anything with peanut butter will make a better brownie! Go crazy mixing in your peanut butter cups or Reese Pieces into the batter. Overwhelmed with marshmallow ghosts? Make your brownie mix and place it into the greased pan, ready for the oven. Now, place all those crazy marshmallow confections in a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave for about a minute with about a tsp of butter per cup of marshmallows. Stir and melt for another minute. Now drizzle the mixture over your batter in rows, and cut into designs using a spatula. Bake as instructed.
The Holidays Meet: Gingerbread Houses with Halloween Candy
If you were going to purchase candy anyhow for a holiday ginger bread house, why not use your Halloween candy? Chocolates can be stepping stones, brick accents, or roof shingles. Use your clear candies for windows and decorations, and accent with licorice.
Still overwhelmed with sweetness? Try finding a candy “Buy Back” location and put your candy towards a good cause! What creative concoctions do you have for using up your October loot? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!