What to do with all that Halloween candy
Hello military community,
In a recent column, I talked about the joy my family and I get from embracing Halloween. The only bummer is what to do with the left over candy. Listed below are a few ideas. Do you have any to add or share?
- Put that candy that the kids keep bring home from school, etc. in a bowl and hand out on Halloween night. I give the yucky ones to the teenagers that are too old to trick-or-treat. ☺
- Give the candy to your spouse to bring in to work. His or her coworkers that don’t have candy of their own will enjoy eating it during breaks or when they are in the mood for some sugar. More importantly, it’s out of your house!
- Send the candy oversea to our men and women who are in combat zones. This is a great way to get kids excited about giving away their stash. Plus it will lift our service members’ spirits.
- Donate the candy to places in need such as a homeless shelter or a half-way house. Children may not get a chance to go trick or treating so this may be a good way to bring trick or treating to them.
- Providing they aren’t Halloween themed, freeze them and save as gifts during the Christmas or Thanksgiving holidays.
- Spend an afternoon baking some sweet treats with left over chocolate candy. There are plenty of recipes on the internet that use candy as their main ingredient. Everything from cookies, cakes, and brownies can be made. Yum! (Read on for a couple of my own ideas.)
- My favorite is just to hide and save it for a rainy day – then eat it!
If you find yourself in the kitchen baking with the left over candy, here are a couple easy recipes to get you going.
CHOCOLATE WITCH HATS
- One package of fudge striped cookies (11.5 oz)
- 30 chocolate covered kisses
- Orange cake decorating icing
DIRECTIONS: Place each cookie face down on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Take the decorating icing and squeeze enough inside the circular hole in the middle of the cookie. Make sure the icing fills in the majority of the circle. Unwrap the chocolate kisses and press them over the orange icing, making sure that the icing surrounds the edges. Chill in the fridge until ready to eat.
(Makes 30 hats)
CHOCOLATE WITCH BROOMSTICKS
- One package miniature peanut butter cups (12 oz)
- 40 pretzel sticks
Directions: Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place them top down on a tray lined with tin foil. Take a pretzel stick and press it gently into the bottom of the peanut butter cup. Place in fridge until ready to eat.
Note: Use a toothpick to make hole in the bottom of the cup if you are having difficulty with the pretzels. If you are giving these away as gifts, keep the cups wrapped up and just stick the pretzel through the wrapper.
(Makes 40 broomsticks)
Do you have a recipe to share? Write me and we can post it for the holidays.
Blessings from my family to yours,
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