Tuesday Tartlet | Then There Were Fewer… Candies
What to Do With That Leftover Halloween Candy
When I was little, I remember feeling like the long, chilling month of October was a mourning period. Summer is over, the fun and easy first few weeks of school have passed, and you spend every day watching it get progressively colder. This, however was all entirely balanced out by the last day of October, a day I’d be itchy in anticipation for. To me, Halloween was like the best dessert ever after a long month that’s equivalent to dinner after dinner of brussel sprouts. A day-long sugar binge earned after 30 gray days of suffering.
This year for Halloween, I took a long weekend away and spent time with old friends. Although I did get to enjoy Miss Flom’s delicious Halloween cookies, my dessert day wasn’t indulgent in sugar, but an overconsumption of alcohol. What better way to celebrate college friendships than by pretending you can still drink as much as you used to, and in costume! We had a lot of laughs, and in the end I think dessert is all about relaxing and being able to smile. It was the perfect dessert weekend. And I will now avoid telling any actual stories about it. 😉
I did come home, though, to lefover Halloween candy. I’m sure you all have some, either from a lack of trick-or-treaters showing up at your door, or maybe your children were overly ambitious and came home with multiple sacks of the sweet stuff. Here are some ideas for what to do with it:
10. Send it to me!
9. Carry it around in your pockets or purse and become everyone’s favorite aunt or uncle.
8. Use it for crafts and holiday decorations. I also like to attach candy to presents and cards instead of a bow to sweeten up the wrapping.
7. Candy games! For kids: games like checkers are whimsical with candy game pieces. For bachelorette parties or fun weekends out: make candy necklaces and have a bar-time competition. Rules here: http://www.alcohol-stuff.co.uk/guides/wild-bachelorette-party.html For cozy nights in: play poker for candy (and, for that matter, clothing).
6. Send it to troops overseas. Like this lady in Miami: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/01/1902577/halloween-candy-buy-back.html You can also send it through Operation Shoebox: http://www.operationshoebox.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61:halloween-candy&catid=3:newsflash&Itemid=12
5. Freeze it and use it for milkshakes. Or ice cream sundae toppings.
4. Use it in sauces and glazes. Chocolate is great as a marinade or sauce for steak, and I’ve heard rumors that many candies work well as ham glazes although I haven’t found evidence in the form of a recipe yet.
3. Bake it in to a scrumptious dessert! Try a recipe from here: http://www.squidoo.com/leftovercandy or here: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/376/. Or make up your own and send it to me so I can try it!
2. Use it in a cocktail! Try a recipe from here: http://www.drinknation.com/drinks/ingredient/candy-583 or, again, invent your own and send it to me!
1. Oh, just eat it. You know you want to. 🙂
Until next Tuesday, have a sweet week!
Eva is a Polish, a ginger, and also our Team Dessert Hooker and author of the “Tuesday Tarlet” right here at Eat.Drink.Repeat.