Tips for using leftover treats
Too much candy? Here are yummy ways to use it.
Let's face it: Halloween, Valentine's Day, birthdays, and other holidays often leave us with fun family memories - and too many leftover treats. Before you toss all those extras, consider these fun options for leftover treats.
Freeze the extras
In a resealable, freezer-safe plastic bag, most prepackaged candy can simply be stored in the freezer for future use. Make sure to label each bag, and consider separating based on type - chocolate in one bag, for example. To store baked goods, wrap tightly in aluminum foil first, then store inside a resealable, freezer-safe plastic bag. Label clearly; most baked goods will keep in a freezer for several months.
Bake a surprise
Packaged candy can make a fun, unexpected addition to homemade baked goods. Use chopped-up candy bars in place of chocolate chips for cookies, for example. Or create a mix-and-match surprise by throwing in a chopped-up, bite-size mixture of whatever's on hand.
Have a sundae or popcorn bar
Separate your leftover treats by type and stash in resealable plastic bags. Keep them to use as toppings for a special occasion (or even just a Friday night) ice cream sundae bar or as mix-ins for popcorn (and movies).
Decorate a cake
Out of the wrappers, candy offers an elegant flourish to an everyday or special occasion cake. Place in ribbons or stacks on top of frosting; create patterns or add colors, too.
Not all candy has to be eaten to be enjoyed. Preschool and elementary children can use glue-ready versions such as jelly beans or hard candies as accents to artwork.
One way to stay on top of your family's extra food storage needs? An upright or chest freezer: Find a size option that's right for your home.