Alas, Fright Night is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over! If you have a mountain of leftover candy from your Halloween festivities, you might be tempted to toss it in the trash or settle for a month’s worth of stale candy. However, with a little creativity, you can turn that stash of unwanted candy into an array of sweet and tasty treats that everyone will enjoy.
So, dig into that bowl of candy and get busy because we have four ingenious recipe ideas to turn your Halloween surplus into a delicious assortment of sweet treats.
Watch the video above to learn how to make delicious treats with leftover Halloween candy.
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How to Extend the Life of Your Leftover Halloween Candy
Store and prepare your candy. Start by extending the shelf life of your leftover Halloween candy by freezing it. Before freezing, cut the candies into small pieces, creating an exciting mix of ready-to-use toppings and mix-ins.
Package and label for storage. Carefully pack the candy pieces in a freezer bag, making sure it is well sealed to prevent freezer burn. To make it easier to track the freshness of the contents, label the bag with the date. Lay flat on a freezer shelf to avoid clumping.
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4 treats to make with leftover Halloween candy
- Candy toppings for ice cream sundaes. Upgrade your sundaes by using your leftover candy as fun and tasty toppings. This idea is perfect for a post-Halloween party or to create your own family ice cream bar.
- Sweet and savory popcorn. Add a fun, sweet touch to your savory popcorn by sprinkling it with candy pieces. We like to call this “Popcorn Salad.”
- Create your own trail mix. Create a personalized savory and sweet trail mix using saved candy pieces plus your favorite nuts, dried fruits and seeds.
- Homemade ice cream. Use the preserved candy pieces as perfect, ready-to-use ice cream mixes. Create your own homemade ice blizzards! Advice: For best results, freeze the ice cream for at least 4 hours or, better yet, overnight.
- Ice cream cake innovation. Consider using a springform pan to make an ice cream cake, using your saved candy pieces as a burst of flavor or candy-filled layers. Advice: When you’re ready to serve your ice cream cake, run a knife under hot water for a smooth, easy cut.
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