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Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

halloween candy bark

Peanut Butter Lovers' Candy Bark

There’s going to be a lot of candy around. Either you’ll have bought too much and there weren’t enough trick-or-treaters. Or you’ll have your own trick-or-treaters’ loot to deal with for the next month. OR you went to the drug store on Halloween day and were tempted by the 75% off sale, you loaded up your basket and now you have 300 fun-size Snickers on your counter. So what are you going to do with all of it? Before everyone eats all of the good stuff, make a new treat out of plain old Halloween candy.

When I ended up with too much Easter candy last year, I made  Leftover Easter Candy Bark — it’s a super easy way to recycle the candy you’re sick of into something totally new, and it works just as well with Halloween candy. It’s also a fun trick to break out at a party; it will look way more impressive than the wrapped-up candy in the bowl, but really, it’s pretty much the same thing. Plus, it’s an appropriate and grown up way to enjoy all of your favorite candy at once, without shoving a bunch of mini candy bars into your mouth.

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Thirsty Thursday: The Vampire Cocktail

The Vampire Cocktail
It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last week we stirred up a gruesome Zombie Gut Punch Cocktailthis week we’re back with one last harrowing hurrah for Halloween.

Dracula may not have been the brains behind this boozy sip, but boy would he have loved to wrap his fangs around a glass or two. With bloody red streaks of grenadine set against a white creme de cacao, triple sec and vanilla ice cream background, The Vampire Cocktail is appropriate all Halloween weekend-long. So pour yourself a glass, a pitcher if you’re hosting friends, and help usher in Halloween and all its glory a little early this year. Bottoms up, folks.

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Nacho Jack-o’-Lantern Cheese Ball

halloween cheese ball recipe

The trick to this treat is crushed Doritos.

Sure carving pumpkins into Jack-o’lanterns is fun and all, but where’s the payoff? You do all that work, and in the end, there’s nothing to eat (except for some seeds). In an ideal world, Jack-o’-lanterns would be cute, squat, orange and taste like nachos.

This nacho-flavored, pumpkin-shaped cheese ball is just the thing for your Halloween party. It looks like a pumpkin, but tastes like everyone’s favorite party chip.

This is one pumpkin that won’t get smashed, but it will be devoured.

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Thirsty Thursday: Get Down with a Zombie Gut Punch

Zombie Gut Punch

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last week we stirred up a boozy Halloween-inspired Zombie Cocktailthis week we’re back with something even more bloody good.

As far as Alie and Georgia are concerned, deciding what to drink for Halloween is just as important as choosing a costume. But as with anything else that pertains to the most sinister of holidays, sipping on any old cocktail simply won’t due. Cue the Zombie Gut Punch.

With blood orange juice, cherry soda and grenadine, their spiked punch is not only red enough to lure an entire city’s worth of blood-sucking zombies, but boozy enough to send them all stumbling home. So stir some up tonight, tomorrow, all weekend long or Sunday night while watching The Walking Dead.  Bottoms up, folks.

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Popcorn Balls, Reinvented

Popcorn Balls Recipe

Double, double toil and trouble, I’m gonna stuff my face with Halloween candy.

OK, so that didn’t rhyme and I now owe Mr. S. an apology, but it’s everyone’s favorite time of year, so I’m going with it.

For me it’s my excuse to skip all meals in favor of candy and all sorts of nontraditional sweets. I think nothing of overindulging in all things sticky and sweet, and I’m pretty sure my dentist appreciates that.

This year I wanted to adapt my recipe for Popcorn Balls on a Stick from my book, On a Stick! It’s a very easy recipe to make. They travel well, are fun and easy to eat, and they can be made ahead so you can tend to those pesky trick-or-treaters as they try to steal all of your candy.

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Thirsty Thursday: Get Down with a Zombie Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last week we stirred up an October-inspired Black Devil Martinithis week we’re back with something even spookier for you to sip on.

While jack-o-lanterns, skeletons and spider webs find their way into (and onto) homes around the country, up your Halloween game this year with some zombie-inspired imbibing. Orange juice, apricot brandy and a dash of grenadine give this ghastly cocktail its eerie, October-appropriate hue, and three types of rum vow to work wonders in the late afternoon, evening or nighttime. So pour yourself a glass, or make it a pitcher if you’re hosting friends. Bottoms up, folks.

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A Creepy, Crawly Spider Cake Recipe for Halloween

Before I had two boys it would never have occurred to me to put spiders on a cake.  Thank god for little boys! Of course, there are deeper things that I have learned since parenting, but seeing the world through their eyes has made me happier, younger and sillier, which is such a gift.

Spiders on a cake are just plain creepy and a whole lot of fun. The marble cake will satisfy your cravings for both vanilla and chocolate. Nutella buttercream and bittersweet ganache spiders are the perfect finishing touches.

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Thirsty Thursday: Make it a Black Devil Martini

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last week we stirred up a season-appropriate Autumn Colors Cocktailthis week we’re back with an ode to October.

September having come and gone, it’s about time to start setting your sights on October and the year’s most haunted holiday: Halloween. Pumpkin carving and costume-wearing are sure-fire ways to get started, but sip on something spooky and alcoholic to get all the ghastly good times going even sooner. With dark rum, dry vermouth, and an eerily orange-colored salt rim, The Black Devil Martini is just what the Dracula ordered.

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