According to a survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the US candy industry will make $2.5 billion this year from Halloween candy sales alone. That’s a lot of candy, and it probably doesn’t all end up being eaten.
If you’re one of the many who end up with excess candy, don’t toss it! Turn your candy corn, gummy bears, M&Ms, and Jolly Ranchers into delicious desserts and kitchen eye candy in time for Thanksgiving.
Read on for three easy, creative recipes that will soon empty your Halloween candy bags, and add some appetizing color to your dining table.
Cookie Dough Truffles
Not everything that is deliciously crumbly and gooey comes from the oven. These cookie dough truffles only require a bit of rigorous stirring and some time in the freezer. For this decadent chocolate recipe, you’ll need to get some M&M’s, marshmallows, and hard candies from your Halloween loot.
Simply mix the M&Ms and marshmallows with flour, butter, sugar, and milk, then shape the mixture into tiny balls before dipping them into melted hard candy and sprinkles. Freeze the balls inside the refrigerator for a few minutes until they’re firm, then serve in brown or orange serving bowls for décor that doubles as dessert. Your guests, young and old, will love this recipe that was inspired by the Monster Cookie Dough Truffles.
For a colorful drink with a fruity twist, Skittles Vodka is your best bet. This alcoholic beverage is easy to make and bursting with flavor and color. A day before Thanksgiving, you’ll need a bag of chewy Skittles and five one-liter vodka bottles. If you want to stick with using only red, orange, or yellow Skittles Vodka to go with your Thanksgiving decorating theme, three bottles will work fine.
To make the Skittles Vodka, fill each bottle with Skittles of the same color. Shake each bottle until the candy has dissolved, then use a strainer to filter the Skittles residue. After chilling the bottles in the fridge overnight, you may transfer your Skittles Vodka in wine decanters to make it more attractive. Expect this colorful concoction to blow away your guests.
Kit Kat Cake
Chocolate is a trick or treat staple. There is no doubt that after Halloween, you’ll have a lot of leftover Kit Kat bars, Twix, and M&M’s that can be put to good use to decorate the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving party.
Use as many Kit Kat or Twix chocolate sticks as you need to border a round cake. Once done, sprinkle M&M’s, or a fruit of your choice, in the center of the cake. Before serving it to your guests, take some time to decorate it to a theme.
Since Thanksgiving is all about the abundance of fruits and vegetables, you might want to combine some berries, apples, and cranberries among others with your Kit Kat chocolate. Slice your apples and arrange them on your cake along with the other fruits. This will undoubtedly make for a colorful and healthy fruit platter!
Candy not only satisfies our craving for sweets, but also lightens the mood of any party. How do you plan to use your excess Halloween candy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the box below.by