Archive for November, 2009

More (Creative and Educational) Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 by cydlee61

I just read the October issue of Family Fun magazine (don’t judge me..I was only just recently able to find a copy of it!) and was really excited by this article I found in it about what the Leavitt family of Washington do with their leftover Halloween candy.  They perform science experiments with it!  Since that time, they have found that their children eat less of the candy, preferring to save it for use in the experiments.  In addition, as they started doing more experiments, they began to take note of the sugar and fat content of the candies to see if there was any correlation between those factors and their results.  These results have turned them off of certain candies and what candies they do eat, they do so with more awareness.  They have now set up a website outlining the experiments they have done so that you too can give it a try.  They even have (tucking this idea away for next year!) experiment cards that you can download and give out for Halloween to encourage others to take part.  I can even see this as a wonderful post-Halloween activity for teachers to do with their classes (and a great way to keep them from eating so much of it!).  http://www.candyexperiments.com/

 

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Halloween Candy Pie

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 by cydlee61

Here’s another idea for using up that leftover Halloween candy.  I have NOT personally tried this recipe because it looks just way too sweet and rich to me, but I know a few people with HUGE sweet tooths who would love this!

Basically you take a prepared pie crust – use your own recipe or buy a premade one – and fill it up with your leftover Halloween candies.  Bake the crust for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.  You need to then fill the crust to the top as the candy melts down in the oven as it heats up and it was suggested that you go with mostly chocolate candies for the best taste.  Of course throwing in some candy corn is also a nice touch (the fondant mixing with the chocolate…yum!).   Put back into the 350 degree F oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the candy is melted and the crust is a beautiful golden colour.  Remove from oven and let pie rest for about an hour before serving (any sooner than that and it will be too melted and messy to cut!).

Here’s another idea someone suggested on Twitter:  If you have a lot of leftover candy, consider sending some in a care package to the troops.  This link is for US troops but am sure there are ones for other countries as well.  If anyone knows of those links, feel free to share those in the comments!   http://www.supportourtroops.org/

 

 

Now What?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2009 by cydlee61

Now that Halloween’s over for another year (boo! hiss! Waaah!), what are you going to do with all that leftover candy?  If you’re like me, you choose the candy you want to hand out on the basis of what you would most like to be stuck with in case there’s any left.  And in the neighbourhoods in which we have lived in recent years, there is almost always some left over as we simply don’t get many trick or treaters.  In addition, when my daughter was young enough to go out trick or treating herself, she would come home with enough candy to supply a small army.  I always found myself tossing out the majority of her Halloween candy when I would decide to sort out the pantry to make room to accommodate the influx of Easter candy.  So rather than waste it all and send it to the dumpster are there any other options for all of those goodies? 

First off, certainly some of these leftover delights are going to be consumed the old fashioned way…just eating them as they were meant to be enjoyed.  If that’s the case for you, just be sure to use some common sense about eating that candy (or allowing your children to).  Rachael Ray has a frequent guest on her show – David Zinkzenko, the author of Eat This Not That and he offers valuable suggestions on making wise choices of the healthier foods by sharing some information and debunking some myths. 

For the Halloween show, he made the following suggestions:  A Pay Day chocolate bar and 9 Hershey’s Kisses both have the same amount of calories in them, but a good deal of those calories come from fat in the case of the kisses.  In a Pay Day bar, the majority of the calories come from peanuts, a heart healthy food.  When it came to licorice vs. chocolate covered raisins, he noted that licorice is pretty much just chewy sugar but that at least the raisins by their very nature have that serving of fruit in them.   When it comes to candy corn, in a previous post, I stated that one cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are better for you!  In the case of candy corn vs. caramels though you definitely want to go with the candy corn.  It’s basically just sugar (not great for you but not a heart risk) whereas the caramels are made of 10% fat.  He compared them to “little chocolate hamburgers”.  Hungry Girl, another frequent guest on Rachael Ray’s show, also offers advice on the healthiest choices for various foods and offers this list to help you pick out your best options for Halloween.  http://hungry-girl.com/girls/biteoutdetails.php?isid=1900

The following sites contain recipe ideas on what to do with those leftover candies:

http://forums.parenting.com/blogs/daily-fave/posts/25-things-do-all-halloween-candy?cid=tw

http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/halloween/halloween-candy-recipes-103008-DSH

http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/food/Put_your_leftover_Halloween_candy_to_good_use.html

One of my friends used to save the chocolate bars and peanut butter cups and other such things and then melt them down to make Christmas candies.  There is no science to this and if you happen to have several kinds of chocolate bars, you won’t know for sure what kind of results you will get until you mix them together and try it, but she never had a failure!  Melt these down and then pour into appropriate candy moulds.  You can also make chocolate sauce for over ice cream and cakes out of these candies. 

 

Halloween Yummies

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2009 by cydlee61

Loads of awesome creepy and gross recipes for Halloween (or anytime in my world!):  http://www.halloweenishere.com/recipes.html

Some Halloween cocktails and punches:

http://www.creatingcoutureparties.com/2009/10/bloody-eyeball-martini.html

http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/2190-wicked-witch-apple-punch

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/5-creepy-cocktails1.htm

http://blogs.discovery.com/tlc-steamy-kitchen/2009/10/halloween-cocktails.html

Gruesome Glasses and Garnishes http://www.bhg.com/holidays/halloween/crafts/gruesome-glasses-and-garnishes-for-halloween/

Erupting Pumpkin Guts Ice Cream Soda http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/erupting-pumpkin-guts-ice-cream-soda/

Pumpkin Milkshake:  Mix together in a blender:  1/2 cup canned pumpkin (you need to chill this in the fridge prior to using),  1 1/2 cups milk, 8 tsp. sugar, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla extract.  Personally I would add some crushed ice to this to make it really frothy and thick!

Blood Bath (a cocktail):  In a cocktail shaker combine the following:  2 cups pomegranate juice, 2 oz. vodka, a touch of raspberry syrup or extract, and a touch of lemon juice with some ice.   Shake well. Strain and serve over ice in a martini glass.