They came dressed as bats, ninja-turtles, princesses, hockey players, zombies and more! Halloween has come to a close, and if your home is anything like ours, you now have more candy than anyone could possibly eat. And you certainly don’t want that temptation sitting around, am I right?
Colleen came up with three fun recipes to help you get creative with your kids’ candy haul. Make it a family night, and then deliver some of your creations to a senior center, a nursing home, or to family and friends.
Crafts you can eat are always fun! Plus you create some great memories while you’re at it.
3 Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes
1. Brownie Pizza
Bake up a batch of your favorite brownies in a springform pan, or make a double batch and bake them on a rimmed pizza tray. Once cooled, set out bowls of topping from your Halloween haul and either decorate the whole “pie” or cut it into pizza-like-slices and have everyone top them they way they like.
Cut up candy you think your family would enjoy into a large dice, set out hot fudge, fluff, icing, etc, and have at it!
TIP: if you use pre-made brownie mix for this, some varieties come with a Hershey’s syrup pouch; don’t put it in the batter. Use it as a topping instead!
2. Candy Bark
My kids love making this one! First we melt down Hershey bars, or if they don’t want to give them up (since my husband is a Hershey Bar Monster) we melt chocolate chips. Then the kids “paint” with the melted chocolate using the back of a spoon on a silicone mat. I also let them melt white chocolate melting disks, and they swirl away like artists.
Then we set out the leftover Halloween candy, and they add bits of this and that, and before you know it they have a pretty and tasty artistic creation that they can then break a part and enjoy after it sets in the fridge or a cold garage for about 20-30 minutes. My daughter usually keeps hers whole and never eats it…she just likes to create the “art”.
3. Skillet Cookie
Mix up a half batch of your favorite type of cookie (sugar, chocolate, chocolate chip) and use a small skillet to make one large cookie. Top it with your favorites from your leftover Halloween candy and enjoy. You can mix the candy right into the cookie dough if you like, or put it over-top before or at the midpoint of the bake.
All three of these ideas are great family activities and unleash each person’s inner Picasso! Have fun!
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