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Tricks for Your Treats

By Brad Jones

It’s late at night on October 31 and you have been secretly eating the Halloween candy meant for trick or treaters. Or maybe you just bought your own stash of candy. You’ve eaten too much and have tons of leftover candy. Talk about a horror story. What do you do?

Luckily DIG has been in the kitchen testing ways to use that Halloween candy. Here you will find some of the tastiest ways to use leftover Halloween candy.

Snickers/Twix/Reese’s Caramel Cheescake

This recipe can use your favorite chocolate candy; so choose one or all of the above candies to make this. We used Snickers, because it is the author’s favorite. It was also an excuse to put chopped peanuts on something.

Ingredients:

25 Oreos

4 TBL melted butter

16-oz cream cheese (that’s two regular sized packs)

1/2-cup sugar

2 eggs

1 TBL lemon juice

10-15 “fun size” chocolate candy bars, chopped (enough to line the bottom of a pan, plus some for topping)

Caramel sauce with (optional) chopped peanuts/ almonds

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Crush Oreos so they resemble large breadcrumbs. Add butter and mix thoroughly. Using your fingers, press into a pie pan so that it is an even layer (I also use a sauce pan to help press the mixture into the pan). Put crust in oven for 5-10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl or mixer, whisk cream cheese, sugar, and eggs till smooth.

4. Take the crust out of the oven and line the bottom with chopped candy bars. Pour the filling over the top and use a spatula/spoon to smooth the top.

5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until it has set. Remove from oven and let chill.

6. Top with chopped candy bars, caramel sauce, and peanuts (optional).

Super Easy Mini Candy Bar Pastries

This one is so easy it made us wonder why we don’t do this everyday. All you need is store bought piecrust, your favorite candy bar, and eggs.

Ingredients:

Store bought pie dough (two sheets make about 20 pastries)

Your favorite candy bar in “fun size”, chopped in half

2 eggs

Melted milk chocolate/ caramel sauce (optional

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut pie dough into 3-inch rounds.

3. Whisk eggs to even mixture.

4. Place half a “fun size” candy bar on the pastry round and fold over. Seal with egg mixture and coat top with egg mixture.

5. Place in 350-degree oven till golden brown.

6. Drizzle with melted milk chocolate or caramel sauce.

Candy Booze Infusions

A supply of leftover Halloween candy and alcohol, what could go wrong? Making an infusion with Halloween candy is a lot simpler than it might seem. If you use a clear spirit like vodka and a bright colored candy, expect a bright colored spirits.

Ingredients/Equipment:

12 oz (roughly a Mason jar full) vodka

Small handful of candy- suggestions: pink starburst, green apple jolly rancher, hot tamales)

Mason jar

Fine strainer or cheesecloth

Instructions:

1. Place candy at the bottom of Mason jar and pour vodka over. Seal with lid.

2. Every time you remember or once or twice every couple hours, shake the jar. Wait at least 10 hours to open. The longer you wait, the stronger the infusion. Wait a few days for best results.

3. Open and strain to remove and candy debris.

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