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What to do with leftover Halloween candy

In much of the northeast US, folks are still digging out from a powerful storm that hit last weekend, just two days before Halloween. Heavy, wet snow fell quickly on trees that had not yet shed their leaves; branches crashed down on power lines and cut off the electricity to over a million homes. The damage was serious enough that many towns postponed or cancelled Halloween trick-or-treating to avoid putting children and families at risk.

I spoke with a colleague who lives in one of these affected towns. She lamented, “We won’t have any trick-or-treaters this year. What can I do with all of this Halloween candy?” As we spoke, it became clear that this is likely a problem that many people face, with or without trick-or-treaters. First world problems….

Here are a few suggestions on what to do with leftover Halloween candy:

1. Eat it.

OK, so this one’s obvious. The occasional candy splurge is absolutely fine, just try not to seriously overdo it. According to this article:

The average child collects an estimated 3,500 and 7,000 calories on Halloween night, according to Dr. Donna Arnett, chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. The estimate was based on nutrition facts of popular Halloween candies.

A 100-pound child who eats 7,000 calories worth of candy would have to walk for almost 44 hours or play full-court basketball for 14.5 hours to burn those calories, according to Arnett.


2. Cook it.

The web is full of recipes that include your favorite candies, just Google the candy name with the word “recipe” or the phrase “recipe with [insert candy name]” to find suggestions. Here are a few delectable recipes that allow you to incorporate multiple kinds of candy:

Halloween Candy Bark, from the Cooking Channel

Chocolate Wasted Cake and Chocolate Wasted Mini Cupcakes, from Art of Dessert

Iced chocolate, from David Lebovitz

And, because I can’t resist sharing them, how cute are these Halloween cakes — Ghost Cake and Halloween Cake, from i am baker — and these cake pops, from Bakerella?

3. Scientize it.

The website Science 2.0 describes the Top 10 Scientific Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy and Craftzine offers a helpful how-to for concocting glowing kryptonite candy. Spooky!

4. Craft it.

Make candy mosaics, gingerbread houses, piƱatas, candy calendars, etc. Repurpose candy and express your creative side!

5. Donate it.

Dentists all over the country participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, rewarding kids for handing in their candy, then sending it to troops serving overseas through Operation Gratitude. Visit the organizing site to find a dentist near you.

Operation Shoebox also welcomes candy donations to support our troops.

Wacky World of Choc Wednesdays: Alinea’s Chocolate, Pumpkin Pie


via @Gachatz of Alinea


Achatz and his team at Alinea have earned the position as best restaurant in North America for staying ahead of the curve and constantly being innovative. As a diner, when you sit down for that mutli-course meal, you want your mind blown. This new dessert, dubbed “chocolate, pumpkin pie,” was inspired by the film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. Even as a mere viewer, you will have your mind blown. Just watch.

via Eater Chicago


Links: chocolate recipes from the blogging world

100 g cocoa powder by melle

Get out the cocoa powder and chocolate blocks! Here is a list of recent food blog recipes featuring chocolate:

Blue Chocolate Cake from Junglefrog Cooking

Chocolate Ice Cream from David Lebovitz (adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home)

Chocolate Nougat from Leite’s Culinaria

Chocolate Tart with Pine Nuts from Leite’s Culinaria

Cocoa-Cayenne Noodles from Ideas in Food
Ideas in Food then followed up with this recipe Carrot Stew and Cocoa Noodles

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from So Good and Tasty

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake from Annie’s Eats

Red Wine Chocolate Cake with Whipped Mascarpone from Smitten Kitchen

Reese’s Cups from Bravetart

chocolate in pictures

Chocolate Line, Brugge by Mary Lee Hahn

Chocolate World, Hershey Park by Robert Burakiewicz

Double chocolate cupcake by alaczek

Flores de chocolate by Sahumerio Love

MARS Chocolate ground breaking in Topeka, Kansas by KDOTHQ

Untitled by Thomas Chapman

Ecuadorian Neapolitan by Katie Riek

Death By Chocolate by Mr. Evil Cheese Scientist

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