Top 5 Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy

You bought a ton of candy but forgot to turn on the porch light. Sugar transforms your sweet, little angel into the Anti-Christ. You're on a diet. Although it's difficult to imagine, we realize that not everyone is thrilled with the idea of a metric ton of candy hanging around for the next few months. Therefore we offer up five suggestions for dealing with post-Halloween candy overload.

5. Repurpose Your Raisins Raisins. The bane of Halloween candy hauls. But before you chunk those wrinkly bastards, check this out. Apparently dropping a few raisins into a champagne bottle that's gone flat will get it bubbling again--and create a low-tech lava lamp in your glass as the raisin floats, then sinks, then floats, and sinks. Why this works? We read all sorts of varying reports having to do with surface area and carbon dioxide--our conclusion: it just does, okay? Now drink your damn champagne already.

4. Blend It What's better than vanilla ice cream with chopped up candy bits? I know, we can't think of anything either. The combo has made Dairy Queen a fortune, but you don't need to be a pro to blend your own frozen deliciousness at home. The most common mixtures use candy bars, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. Smartie Sundae anyone?

3. Add Some Booze You love booze. You love candy. Booze-filled candy is delicious--how about candy-filled booze? This recipe from Food Network magazine for a Candy Corn-infused Martini gave our sweet tooth goosebumps.

Candy Corn Martini


(infused vodka) ½ cup candy corn 1 ½ cups vodka

(the mix) 2 oz orange liqueur Juice of ½ lemon 1 large egg white Additional candy corn for garnish


(infused vodka) Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container. Set aside for at least 3 hours. Then strain.

(the mix) Add 4 ounces of your candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Shake very well. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish.

2. Fun with Fondue A fondue pot + leftover Halloween candy bars = deliciousness. Melt those suckers down and enjoy with fruit or pretzels.

1. Donate It Donate your excess sweets to an organization that sends care packages to troops overseas. One such program is The Halloween Candy Buyback, comprised of a group of dentists that collect candy each year for Operation Gratitude. If you'd like to make an impact locally there's Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County. Click here for a list of drop-off locations.

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