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Recycling Leftover Halloween Candy

October 31st, 2012

There are many ways you can recycle your children’s leftover trick-or-treating goodies. If you feel that the kids have had too much of these sweet treats, you can donate the excess to food banks and homeless shelters. You can also participate in candy exchanges. Some dentists offer little prizes or money if you trade in bags of candies, which they usually donate to charity organizations.

Aside from giving them away, you can also use them as ingredients for some fresh new desserts. Spice up traditional desserts like pies, puddings, cakes and brownies by infusing them with leftover candies and chocolates. Here are some easy snack ideas you can concoct to recycle your kids’ sweet Halloween prizes.

Chocolate Fondue Surprise

Photo from gifrancis via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo from gifrancis via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

If your kids gathered more chocolate bars than they can eat, you can turn these treats into a molten pot of chocolate fondue. With its mixture of different types of chocolate, the fondue will surprise your taste buds with its unique taste. You might end up making your own distinct mix of a Snickers bar, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and an Almond Hershey’s Chocolate bar that may become a signature recipe in your household. You can also use the leftover chocolate as a chocolate base for cakes, cookies, brownies or other pastry goods.

Blizzard Blend

For a homemade flurry or blizzard, crush your chocolate bars in separate containers. Having them in different bowls will give your kids the chance to choose a topping. Sprinkle the crumbled chocolate of your choice over vanilla ice cream and mix well. You can dust it with candy sprinkles or M&Ms to perk it up with bright colors.

Sweet & Crunchy Bananas

Not only are bananas rich in fiber and beneficial to the nervous system, they are also versatile ingredients for fresh and new food creations. To make sweet and crunchy bananas, you will need to melt the chocolate bars your kids have collected. Insert a skewer into a peeled banana then glaze it with the melted chocolate mixture until the entire fruit is coated. Dip the banana in ground almonds, M&Ms, oatmeal and rainbow sprinkles, then let it cool before putting it inside the freezer for about 3 hours. The crunchiness of this chocolate-flavored treat is a delightful gustatory experience for the family.

Photo from ktylerconk via flickr. CC BY 2.0
Photo from ktylerconk via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Caramel Coated Apples

Soft caramel candies are one of the most common sweets given away on Halloween. To recycle this bonbon, use it to coat your apples for that extra special flavor. Melt the caramel candies together in a pan. You can add some heavy cream for a smoother mixture to make it easier to coat the apples evenly.

Insert a stick in the middle of each apple so you can have something to hold when dipping the apple in the pot of caramel. After dousing the fruit in the dip, let the caramelized apple stand until the coating cools and sets.

Make the most of your kids’ leftover Halloween treats by whipping up any of these quick treats.

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