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Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 7:00 am
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What is your family going to do with all that leftover Halloween candy? Here are some creative ways to use up all that Halloween candy.Halloween is all about the trick-or-treating. It is a unique custom in which children, dressed in costumes, can go door to door and receive free candy. What is your family going to do with all that candy? Here are some creative ways to use up all that leftover Halloween candy.

What to do With Leftover Halloween Candy

Safety first! Check over all the Halloween candy to make sure it is safe. If it looks or smells wrong, throw it out. There will be plenty of candy that passes your safety test.

Use the fun size Hershey bars to make s’mores. All you need are marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. You don’t necessarily have to make s’mores over a campfire. It can be just as fun to make a batch of s’mores and then settle down to watch a movie together.

Real Simple has an awesome recipe for Candy Corn and Pretzel Bark. It requires white chocolate, miniature pretzels, candy corn, and dried cranberries. This recipe is easy to do and an excellent way to use up the Candy Corn before your family tires of the taste.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups can be chopped and whipped into an Easy Peanut Butter Pie You can think of it as an adapted cheesecake. Chop up the peanut butter cups and add them into the mix. Save some pieces to use as decorative elements on top of the pie.

Real Simple also has a great recipe for a “Caramel-Cookie Cheesecake Pie”. This is another modified cheesecake recipe. This one calls for plenty of chopped up Twix Fun Sized Bars.

You cannot go wrong with M&M cookies! Use your favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and substitute the chocolate chips for plain M&Ms. You will end up with some very colorful cookies. Beware, the colors could temporarily stain your child’s face, fingers, and whatever those fingers touch.

Lollypops can be used as a quick and easy way to decorate a cupcake. Plant one lollypop in the center of a cupcake to give it a decorative touch. Another idea is to use lollypops instead of candles in a birthday cake. The birthday girl or boy can share the lollypops with the guests, (instead of accidentally sharing the germs that can be spread as a result of blowing out the candles).

If you just want to get all that leftover candy out of your house, without consuming it, there is a great way to do that. Find a Halloween Candy BuyBack program near where you live. Send those treats to the troops!

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