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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Solving The Too Much Candy Blues!

If you use Google, you will find dozens of sweet ideas to use up the excess booty from your little one's candy raid such as toppings on ice cream or cupcakes, chopped up into cookies, or swirled in cake batter! (Don't forget, candy freezes well and perfect for midnight snacks) We assembled a list of some not so typical uses for that left over candy.

  1. Save small candies such as Smarties or Life Savers to decorate holiday gingerbread houses.
  2. Save hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers or Worthers Originals to infuse vodka or rum. Use 1 liter of vodka and a 1/2 cup of hard candy.  Let it steep for a few weeks or until the candy dissolved.  We haven't tested this idea but you could also try melting the candy with a little water in a saucepan and pouring the mixture into the vodka. WARNING:  Melted sugar is extremely hot!
  3. Save Hershey's Kisses and Peanut Butter Cups to infuse in bourbon (or vodka as well).  Let 2 1/2 oz of chocolate steep for 24 hours in the booze.
  4. Donate extra candy to a non-profit to enhance holiday dinner.
  5. Put extra candy treats in a food basket for the needy
  6. Use for prizes at a bazaar or holiday sale.
  7. Use the candy in special treat bag for the baby sitter or retirement home.
  8. Emeril Lagasse's Chocolate Biscuit Puffs
    1. Ingredients: 1 package of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, 1 milk chocolate candy bar or 4 mini almond joys cut in half, 2 tsps cinnamon and sugar.
    2. flatten each biscuit into a 3 inch circle.
    3. Break the candy bar into pieces
    4. Place the pieces into the center of the dough circles and bring up the edges pinching to seal.
    5. Place on un-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
    6. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.