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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
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
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."
3. Crazy cocktail concoctions
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
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."
5. The happiest treat on earth - Frozen Banana Pops
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."
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