My daughter loves coming home from trick-or-treating to pick out her Halloween dessert. She eats a handful of candy and then we’re left with the rest of the haul. I like to move the candy out quickly – less temptation for Momma! Here are some ideas to upgrade leftover Halloween candy into even yummier treats. (Hint: move it out even faster by giving the new treats away or inviting pals over to help you enjoy them!)
Sugary Slumber Party Breakfast Feast
Plan a sleeopver with your child’s best friends the weekend after Halloween. Put out bowls of leftover candy. Chop larger pieces into bite size treats. Give kids a choice of a few kinds of low sugar cereal, such as Cheerios, corn flakes or wheat Chex. Allow them to grow crazy topping their cereal with candy before adding milk. Another option is to make pancakes with a mixture of candy in the batter, then allow the children to top warm pancakes with more candy before eating. Get them outside to burn off some energy, so their parents don’t turn on you for sending home sugar-crazed kids.
Easy Microwave Fudge
Turn leftover chocolate into fudge. Microwave fudge is quick and easy to make. Start by unwrapping 18 ounces of chocolate candy bars. A variety of types is fine. Place parchment paper in an eight or nine inch square or rectangular pan, extending the paper over the edges. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every thirty seconds until smooth. Mix in a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth out. Refrigerate for at least two hours or until hardened. Cut into squares.
Candy Bar Cookies
Start off by mixing up your favorite batch of chocolate chip cookie dough with one major exception: leave out the chips! Use small pieces of candy instead. You can also chop up bigger pieces, either by hand or by pulsing them in a food processor a couple of times. Heath bar, M&Ms and Reese’s peanut butter cups all work great. My daughter is planning on trying some funkier version this year. Care for a Nerds cookie, anyone? Serve your cookies up with a mug of hot cocoa for the perfect after school snack.
Trail Mix Surprise
A healthy trail mix gets a lot more exciting to eat with a little something sweet thrown in. Toss a few Smarties or other candy bits into a mix of nuts, dried fruit and whole grain cereal. This is a fun lunchbox snack – your partner will be just as happy to find it at lunchtime as your child!
Sweet and Salty Snack
Sweet Tarts and Tootsie rolls are always the last to go at our house. They taste better when mixed into a bowl of popcorn or pretzels. The sweet and salty combination is fun for a family movie night.
Extend Halloween dessert for days with these sweet ideas. Let us know what concoctions you come up with in the comment section below.