Halloween has come and gone and whether you were a trick-or-treater or someone who did not have many visitors at the door, you are left with a bunch of candy. There are alternatives to throwing it away or making everyone at the office sick from sweet overload. Use the candy as ingredients for the meals eaten during the coming weeks.
You will need:
- Candy (the more the better!)
Step 1: If you are running low on breadcrumbs, use bags of pretzels or chips to coat your fish or meat instead. They are more flavorful than breadcrumbs and the family might just like them better. Potato chips can also be used to top a warm casserole for the next family dinner.
Step 2: An excess of candy bars can be used to make a special dessert like candy bar cheesecake. The bars can also be baked into cookies as a special surprise inside. If you break up the bars, you can substitute them for chocolate chips in other cookie recipes. They also make a great topping for ice cream and can be blended into a yummy milkshake.
Step 3: Add raisins to salad or use them to make trail mix. When cooking, add the raisins to bread or baked good recipes, chicken dishes, or rice pilaf. Make a nice carrot and raisin salad to accompany your lunchtime sandwiches.
Step 4: If the raisins are being used in a trail mix, add the pretzels and the M&Ms that are bound to be in the candy bag. Make some popcorn and add it to the mix with dry cereal and peanuts.
Step 5: If candy is still left over after doing all of these things, donate it to a local soup kitchen. Sure, candy is not the healthiest thing for anyone to eat, but everyone needs a treat.