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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Party's Over... what to do with all this leftover Halloween candy?

1. Freeze it.
You can store candy in the freezer for at least a year. Be aware that freezing chocolate may change the color, but not the quality of chocolate.
2. Use it as a replacement for chocolate chips in your favorite recipe.
Just substitute equal amounts of M and M's for chocolate chips and mix and bake as usual.

OR coarsely chop any kind of chocolate candy bars and use in the same way--substituting chopped candy for chips. You can also freeze this chopped candy and use it for cookies or ice cream mix-ins later.

3. Melt it.
 Use a heat-proof bowl and a pot. Put an inch of water in the bottom of the pot and set the bowl inside. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl.

 Add your candy bars and

 melt over low heat.

Add a little milk

and continue to stir until smooth.  Now you have a yummy, fast sauce for ice cream or cakes.  It is particularly good on pound cake, ginger cake, or pumpkin cake.

When melting, avoid using candy with cookies. Anything else (nuts, coconut, peanut butter) works fine.

4. Donate it.
The local family shelter, food bank, nursing homes, and other charitable organizations take candy donations. You may want to call before donating to make sure your favorite organization is interested in leftover candy.

5. Eat it.
If none of these solutions work for you, I'm willing to bet you can find someone to help you devour your leftovers.
  What do you like to do with your leftover candy?

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