5@5 - What to do with extra Halloween candy
October 24th, 2011
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Halloween is fast approaching, and so is the morning of November 1 when parents and trick-or-treaters begin suffering from confectionery overdose.

So what's a ghoul to do with all those pillowcases and Jack-o'-lanterns filled to the brim with sugary treats?

Chef Keegan Gerhard, owner of d-Bar Desserts in Denver, has some recycling tips to turn the scary excess into something much sweeter.

Five Ways to Incorporate Extra Candy Into Desserts: Keegan Gerhard

1. Storm the blender - make a blizzard!
"Don’t have the time to hit up Dairy Queen? Try crumbling your Snickers, 3 Musketeers, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and sprinkling them over ice cream or place in a blender to create a homemade blizzard or flurry. For added effect, add caramel or chocolate sauce and a dash of milk to create a smoother texture.

This is a tasty and fun option that the entire family can put their stamp on with their favorite candies."

2. No dropping this Butterfinger Layer Cake
"This is the perfect fake-out dessert treat that your friends and family will love. It’s easy and you can substitute any of your favorite pint-sized candies to make this party dessert.

Make (or buy) an angel food cake and cut into three layers horizontally. Spread each layer with whipped cream (or thawed Cool Whip if you don't want to make your own). Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger bars over the whipped cream before putting the layers back together. Eat immediately or freeze."

Angel Food Cake

1 1/4 cups sugar
12 egg whites
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift flour and salt into medium-sized bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites for about 1 minute. Add cream of tartar to egg mixture and beat gradually while adding in sugar for about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

Sift flour mixture into egg mixture in 4 batches using a sieve. Gradually fold in flour with a spatula.

Pour batter into an angel food cake pan with a removable bottom and smooth top. Release any air bubbles with small spatula by gently cutting through batter.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Invert pan and let cool for about 1 hour.

Release cake from mold by running a knife along the inside of the pan and remove the bottom of the pan.

3. Crazy cocktail concoctions
"For the 21 and older crowd, Lemonheads, Skittles, SweeTarts or Red Hots are the perfect candies to infuse in vodka for a sweet or sour martini.

To infuse, funnel vodka into a glass mason jar or water bottle and add sweets to the mixture. Secure lid tightly and shake for about 10 seconds. Set aside in refrigerator for a few hours as the sweets (and color!) dissolve in the vodka.

After the sweets have dissolved, create a straining system by placing a coffee filter over a large glass measuring cup. Pour infused vodka over the coffee filter to separate candy and other debris from the liquid.

Repeat filtration process if candy debris remains or chill and serve in your favorite martini recipe.

Don’t have time to wait out the infusing process? Try a quick fix by adding a lollipop to your martini as a clever cocktail stirrer or garnish. Perfect to amp up a date night or a girls night in."

4. Cuckoo for candy bar cookies
"I love cookies. They are the perfect way to let your creative flag fly. Everyone has their favorite method to make cookies, whether from scratch using their grandma’s secret recipe or just popping frozen dough into the oven.

Why not use some of that leftover candy to add some flair to your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe? Fold in your favorite candies by chopping them up into smaller pieces to transform the traditional round treat. Try this quick recipe with Baby Ruth, Milky Way, Rolo Caramels or other miscellaneous chocolate pieces.

Not a chocolate lover? Take out the peanut butter and add in Red Hots or Nerds, or for an added kick and pinch of color."

Makes about 18 cookies

3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 eggs beaten
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
5 small candy bars, chopped up

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and mix well, then add the vanilla.

Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk. Stir in the cut-up candy bar pieces.

Spoon teaspoon sized drops on greased cookie sheets. Bake about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

5. The happiest treat on earth - Frozen Banana Pops
"One of my favorite childhood memories was frozen bananas from Disneyland. Fruit is the perfect companion to sweets. You can get your serving a fruit (with no guilt) by mixing it up Disneyland-style with some of your favorite leftover candy.

Insert a wooden craft stick into a peeled banana and place in freezer until hard and frozen. Take M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or any chocolate candy of your choice and melt in the microwave then coat frozen banana in the melted mixture. Dip banana in almonds, peanuts, rainbow sprinkles or other topping and place in the freezer until hard."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. Jables19

    You could also bring the candy to work and let co-workers have it for a quick afternoon sugar boost. That way it doesn't get wasted, you don't have to eat it, and everyone appreciates you for it.


    November 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Benson

    Cmon people....this is just meant to be a fun alternative. What people decide to do with it is their business

    November 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Julie@Teaching Good Eaters

    I see that some people are concerned about adding sugar to more sugar... perhaps the candy could be frozen and these recipes could be saved for when a special treat is needed- such as for a party or bakesale. If you're looking for ways to cut down on the sugar your kids are eating, post-Halloween, check out this post: http://teachinggoodeaters.blogspot.com/2011/11/handling-halloween-aftermath.html

    November 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  4. Pitchman

    We intend to send left over candy to the the Unit which replaced my son's Tenth Mountain troops in a Combat Outpost in Afghanistan.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  5. Pitchman

    We intend to send our left over candy to the the Unit which replaced my son's in a Combat Outpost in Afghanistan.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Nicole

    If your children are young enough you can tell them about the "switch witch". The "switch witch" comes to your house to trade out their candy for a new toy. For the past two years both of my children have gladly chosen the exchange.

    November 1, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Epsilon

      Way to go. Take that weighty parenting monkey right off your back. Why not teach moderation and self-control instead?

      November 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • stumpy

        Why not be borish azz instead.

        November 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • Epsilon

        Awww. Was your ghoul-fiend to wasted to put out last night? Meh, I don't blame her. Who would want to be with someone who's hung like a squirrel anyway?

        November 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  7. Angela

    How about this solution: Throw it in the garbage where it belongs. I CAN'T believe this article promotes taking already-corn-syrup-laden junk, added MORE sugar to it, and consuming it in an even larger quantities. Way to promote Type II Diabetes. I just decided to unsubscribe to Eatocracy (more like idiocracy).

    November 1, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • howdy ho there

      stfu you tool bag

      November 1, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • Lol


        November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  8. sockpuppet

    "You can get your serving a fruit (with no guilt) by mixing it up Disneyland-style with some of your favorite leftover candy." LOLOL Saying "no guilt" implies it's a healthy option. This isn't about getting your serving of fruit. It's about eating candy. Just say that–don't try to present it as a way to fulfill your nutritional needs.

    November 1, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • smokin in LA

      And the title of this post is "What to do with extra Halloween candy."

      November 1, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • sockpuppet

      see, some people actually read past the headline

      November 2, 2011 at 12:36 am |
  9. bellock

    Why not collect it and send it to the troops overseas?

    October 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • godley1972

      Great post, bellock! That's what I was going to say....cuz that's what I do : )

      November 1, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • marlene

      Yes!!!!! Does anyone know of a contact address for this?

      November 1, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  10. Richard Young

    Anybody here ever hear that too much sugar is bad for you. Why not just throw it out?

    October 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Thomas

    What to do with extra candy?

    Keep it until next year. The kids can't tell and won't care. :)

    October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Cartman

      What does "extra candy" mean?

      October 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  12. g

    great suggestions.

    here is one for your costume


    October 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  13. Chrysalis

    The blizzard recipe sounds so good...yum! Good article.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Jerv

    The cake idea is awesome. And I scored an angel food cake recipe to boot! Thanks!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  15. AleeD from Home Sweet Home

    Homemade Blizzard. What a great idea for me hubby. He'll love it!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  16. jillmarie

    I love the idea of infusing vodka! Jolly Ranchers would also work. I've been putting M&M's in my brownies for years- I agree with putting candy in baked goods. I also love the frozen banana pop idea- it would make a healthy but decadent treat, one adults and kids can enjoy. Great article!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  17. Truth


    I like to take crushed butterfinger bars and sprinkle on vanilla ice cream. Sheer Heaven!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
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