10 Things to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

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Halloween candy gets pretty tiring after a couple of days. Here are some ideas for using it up.

1. Homemade flavored vodka

Some candies dissolve beautifully in vodka, creating “infused” booze.  If you plan on making flavored booze for holiday presents or parties, now is the time to start. Besides candies, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits, or dried flowers.  I’ll bet that Wether’s Originals dissolved in vodka make for some tasty shots.  The process is very simple.  You choose your favorite spirit, ideally something relatively neutral like vodka, gin, or rum (darker spirits can be infused, but because they’re more flavorful on their own, they’re harder to pair with an infusion).  Then you choose what you’d like to flavor your spirit with — anything from lime peel (pith removed) for a tonic-ready gin to hot peppers, bay leaves, and black peppercorns for a vodka that begs for bloody mary mix. Combine the liquor and flavorings, seal in a container (its original bottle, a new bottle, or a large jar are all good), and let the mixture sit.  The infusion process can take anywhere from three days to several weeks depending on how strong you’d like your infusion to be (you can always take a little taste to see if you’re satisfied with its strength).
Once you’re happy with your spirit’s flavor, strain it through a cheesecloth-lined sieve, store it in a clean bottle, and enjoy! Infused alcohol also makes a great homemade gift.

2. Baking and sweets

Many candies melt in the heat of the oven, leaving you with a wonderfully gooey treat.  Here are some possible recipes:
  • Biscuits filled with tootsie rolls
  • Cookies with peanut butter cups
  • Candy corns chopped up and added to candied yams
  • Crushed Jolly Ranchers and Dummies on top of challah bread
  • Brownies with “fun size” chocolates
  • Popcorn balls with pretty much anything
  • Butterfinger cake
  • Peppermints (the red and white kind or Peppermint Patties) mixed into hot chocolate or coffee for a cheap mocha
  • Use as an ice-cream sunday topper
  • Freeze until summer, and add to homemade ice cream

3. Cooking

  • Sweet and sour sauce (any sour candy will work)
  • Pixie sticks for a porkchop glaze (red or white wine, vinegar, pixie sticks, salt)
  • BBQ chipotle sauce with Smarties or Red Hots

  • 4. Crafts

    If candies get stale and seem rather inedible, consider using them for fun arts and crafts.
    • Make Halloween wreath for next year 
    • Candy garlands or ornaments for the Christmas tree
    • Mosaics
    • Candy necklaces
    • Decorate the holiday gingerbread house
    • Christmas cards and gift wrapping decoration

    5. Bribery/Doling

    If you are swift enough to grab your kids’ candy while they sleep, it can be doled out for MONTHS as bribes. Need the leaves raked? Two Hershey’s kisses per bag (not adjusted for inflation, that’s what I used to get paid).  OR, just slowly dole out a piece a day in kids’ lunches.

    6. Donate it

    Nursing homes, doctor’s offices, women’s shelters – everyone loves candy, and spreading the sweetness can be a great way to avoid gorging on it all yourself.

    7. Send it to overseas troops

    Not so much for chocolate (which doesn’t travel well), but other candy is appreciated as a part of care packages for the troops (US only, not sure about other nations’ deployments).

    8. Take it to the office

    Adults are sometimes able to restrain themselves a little bit more than kids – share those sugary goodies with coworkers and all get fat together!

    9. Keep some in the car for emergencies

    I keep a small stash of sugary candies in my car.  You never know when you’ll be trapped in the car for hours with no food or water – candy can be a welcome distraction or sustenance if caught on a moutain pass during a rock slide or just the freeway behind a massive accident.  I also keep a case of bottled water in the trunk.

    10. Make an Advent Calendar, Pinata, or Holiday Centerpiece

    The countdown to Christmas used to be one of my favorite things about the holidays. One of my favorite childhood memories was opening the Advent calendar every day, and my grandma used to make wreaths and centerpieces from candy (she’d tie a pair of little scissors to the creation with some ribbon for easy access to the goods!)

    Got more ideas?  Let me know!!

    Thanks Wise Bread

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