Make Leftover Halloween Treats Disappear
You used suggested tricks to avoid Halloween treats as well as tricks for healthier Halloween treats but still ended up with sweet treats staring at you a week after the festivities. Here are some creative ideas to use the leftover Halloween candy and outsmart temptation.
Candy Science - Perhaps you are familiar with what happens when you drop Mentos candy into diet Coke. Someone had to conduct candy experiments to find this wonderful phenomenon. If you are a Mythbusters fan then you may know it has been "confirmed that jawbreakers can explode when bitten after being heated in a microwave oven or left standing in sunlight while still in the wrapper." If you or others in your home love science, use your leftover candy to discover new things about the sweet treats. Who knows, you might be the next YouTube sensation!
Cooking with Candy - If cooking is more your thing, look at your leftover candy to see what confectionary treat you might use it to create. While candy corn ice cream has already been discovered, perhaps you can experiment with your favorite sweet desserts to see if some of your candy could be used as a sugar alternative. Who knows, your newly created low calorie Reese's Cup pie might be the next five star candy recipe on SparkRecipes.com.
Candy Construction - While it might be a little early to start decorating a gingerbread house, it is never too early to start planning. Look at your left over candy for potential construction materials – Twix bars or Tootsie Rolls for wood siding, Nerds for colorful doors, or Milk Duds for knobs or accessory scenery options. Put them into a marked bag and place with your other decorating supplies so they are off limits for consumption. Not a gingerbread maker (neither am I)? Perhaps there are pieces of candy you can use for fun and festive Thanksgiving decorations. Maybe those leftover gummies and Lifesavers can become a colorful bracelet for a young girl. Use the leftover candy corn as tail feathers for a celebratory turkey name cardholder for your holiday table. Visit your local dollar store for additional supplies and have fun being creative while using the leftover candy to create a masterpiece.
Repurpose - If science or construction aren't your thing, perhaps repurposing is. Use chocolate bars to melt for baking, chop for cookies, or shave for cake or cupcake decorating. Use fruit flavored chewy candy such as Starburst or Skittles as a creative cocktail garnish. You can also freeze them in ice cubes for use in cold tropical drinks. Do you have wax lips, soda bottles, gold coins or other novelty candies? Think about how you can use them to decorate a cake or cupcake for a unique birthday or holiday party centerpiece. Crush leftover Lifesavers or Jolly Ranchers and use them to make Stained Glass Cookies for the holidays. Think outside the candy jar to use the candy in new and different ways.
What creative ways can you think of to use leftover candy?
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