We already know we shouldn’t be eating a ton of the sweet stuff, but what should we be eating instead?
Halloween can be the ultimate monster for the sensible dieter. While we are usually so conscious of what we eat, it’s hard to keep track during the number one candy season of the year — a mini Snickers here and a small Kit Kat there adds up! So in order for us not to toss our diets out the window and rack up the cavities, let’s get a few tips from a professional.
New York-based weight loss specialist Dr. Howard Shapiro has whipped up a few stand-ins for some of the most popular Halloween candy. Think less candy corn and more — well, you’ll see!
Here are some of Dr. Shapiro's calorie-saving Halloween tips:
• Substitute Tootsie Pops for Candy Corn —Six Tootsie Pops have the same amount of calories as just 3.5 ounces of candy corn; the best part is that the pops take so long to eat that you and your children will say "enough" before you indulge in a second or third
• Opt for Dark Chocolate Over Milk and White Chocolates — Though white, milk, and dark chocolate all have the same amount of calories (280 calories for 2 ounces of each), the health benefits of dark chocolate aren't found in white or milk. Studies show that eating small amounts of dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, and more. If you have a chocolate craving this Halloween, opt for dark chocolate over milk and white varieties.
• Offer Candied Apples at a Halloween Party — Traditional and fun Halloween favorites, candied apples are much healthier than other go-to Halloween snacks. For your Halloween party this year, put out a tray of candied apples (125 calories each) instead of candies like gummy worms (which have 250 calories in just 2.5 ounces).
- Combine 2 tablespoons butter, milk and water. Heat to 155°. Stir in yeast and ¼ cup sugar. Reserve.
- Preheat oven to 175°.
- Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, combine flour and salt and mix on lowest setting.
- Slowly add milk mixture. Increase speed to medium and mix for 7 minutes.
- Place oil in a large glass bowl, use paper towel to grease the bottom and sides.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and place in glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Place bowl in oven and turn off oven. Let rise for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, unwrap mini candy bars and cut larger bars in half to a ½ or ¾-inch size. Reserve.
- Grease a Bundt pan with cooking spray.
- Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar with brown sugar. Reserve.
- Once dough has doubled in size. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface to an 8x8-inch square. Cut into 30 pieces.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place a candy bar in the middle of each piece of dough and roll into a ball. Dip in remaining ½ cup melted butter. Roll in sugar mixture and place in Bundt pan.
- Pour any remaining butter or sugar mixture on top and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and invert onto a platter.
- Let cool 5 minutes and serve.
Tip: Spray dough hook with cooking spray for ease of use.
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen
CBD Chocolate Truffle Recipe
This homemade CBD truffle recipe is incredible. It’s a pretty involved process with 45-minute prep time but it will for sure be worth it in the end! Follow the ingredients and directions in this truffle recipe from Taste of Home. Once the truffle mixture has cooled to room temperature and before you put it into the fridge for a few hours, add 30 drops of mintedLeaf CBD tincture oil. Since this recipe already has some spice to it with the pumpkin and cinnamon, we prefer to use one of mintedLeaf’s unflavored CBD oil products. Enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F, gas mark 3). Grease and line the base and sides of an 18cm (7in) round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Place the butter, caster sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until thoroughly blended. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface.
Bake for 45-50 mins until the cake is golden and firm. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out on to a rack and cool.
Split the cake in half horizontally and sandwich back together with half the jam. Place the cake on a flat plate and spread the rest of the jam over the top and sides.
Mix together the two packs of yellow icing and two packs of red icing to make a deep orange-coloured icing. Roll this out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar to a 30cm (12in) circle. Carefully lift and drape the circle of icing over the cake and smooth down the sides with hands dusted with icing sugar. Trim the excess icing from around the base of the cake.
Mix together the two packs of black icing and roll out thinly. Use cat and bat cookie cutters to stamp out shapes. Attach to the sides and top of the cake with a dab of water. Use the yellow writing icing for eyes and the black icing for spiders webs then leave to set. Arrange Halloween sweets around the top and sides of the cake just before serving.
17 Scary Good Ideas For What To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
Every kid knows that Halloween candy is a mixed pumpkin-shaped bag. For every house that has King size candy bars, there are at least a half-dozen doling out generic wax paper caramels or, even worse, the well-meant toothbrush. Unpopular candy has a way of sticking around long-past its sell-by date, wasting away in the pantry until you get around to tossing it out around Groundhog’s day.
But, around here, we know there’s a place for every kernel of candy corn and candy coated chocolate. Here are some ideas to ensure even your least popular spooky treats are gone long before next Halloween.
Make Fun Food
When in doubt, think Brownies, Cookies and Bars
Start with your basic chocolate chip cookie or brownie recipe and sweeten the deal with a handful of Halloween candy. Don’t stop at mini M&Ms. Outside-the-candy-box choices like candy corn, mini peanut butter cups, Kit Kat bars and Butterfingers are a delicious change of pace in your old stand-by recipe.
For some inspiration, look at these stunning Candy Dipped Brownies from My Name is Snickerdoodle. Or how about the incredible Candy Cookie Cake from Baker By Nature, or this Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza (!!) by Delightful E Made via Miss Information.
Get a little fancier with Candy Bark
The only thing scary about this is how good it is. Start by melting your choice of baking chocolate in a double-boiler and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped up halloween candy and refrigerate until cooled and hardened. Remove parchment paper, break into pieces, and try not to eat it all yourself.
The delicious examples shown here use dark chocolate (from Just a Taste) and white chocolate (via Glorious Treats ).
Go gourmet with Candy Popcorn
Heat melting candy in the microwave and stir into a few cups of popcorn. Sprinkle with the chopped-up candy bars of your choice (Milky Way, Snickers and Mars are a few of our favorites). Spread onto a baking mat to cool. Enjoy!
The mouth-watering Twix Caramel Popcorn featured here is from the brilliant Two Peas and their Pod.
Mix it up with Cereal
Create a fun, unexpected trail mix by combining your child’s favorite cereal or party mix with pretzels, dried fruit, nuts and leftover candy bits for a sweet and salty treat.
This recipe for Sweet and Salty Trail Mix via Love Bakes Good Cakes is the perfect base to start with for your child’s new favorite after-Halloween snack.
Make a Candy Dip (yes, it’s a thing)
A Southern favorite, dessert dips can be savory or sweet. Just combine 8 ounces of cream cheese with ½ cup of sugar, powdered sugar or a mix of white and brown sugar. Add optional flavorings like peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract to taste. Toss in a handful of chopped candy bars and serve with sliced apples, pretzels or cookies for a truly unique way of showcasing your Halloween hoard.
If this seems a bit indulgent after all that Halloween feasting, try the Skinny Candy Dip from Crazy For Crust with a few healthy swaps that make it less ghoulish on your waistline.
Make Dessert Nachos
Take apple slices or pretzels as the “chips” and then drizzle on your favorite toppings like chocolate sauce, caramel or marshmallow fluff. Then sprinkle with pieces of your favorite leftover candy bars!
For ideas, start with this Pretzel Dessert Nacho recipe from Take Two Tapas or mosey over to see how The Pin Junkie made Caramel Apple Nachos and adapt to your little monsters’ tastebuds.
Drink it! Try Melted Candy Bar Hot Chocolate
Warm up after a cold night tricking and treating with a warm cup of candy-embellished cocoa. This recipe for Melted Candy Bar Hot Chocolate from Momtastic is sure to hit the spot.
Make Fruit Pops
These Frozen Peanut Cup Banana Pops from Real Simple use chopped Halloween candy as the crunchy coating on homemade fruit pops. Genius! Just dip your favorite fruit (we find bananas and strawberries work best) in melted chocolate, roll in crushed candy and devour.
Save it for another (holi)day
If you just can’t handle it anymore, here are some ways to relive the Halloween excitement at other times of year.
Chop up and freeze
Chop up leftover candy into usable, bite-size pieces. Keep them in the freezer for cookies, cakes, milkshakes, topping ice cream (or mixing into the homemade variety), stirring into hot cocoa…the possibilities are endless!
Reuse at a Birthday party
Leftover Halloween candy makes a great piñata stuffer, topping for an ice cream sundae station (or Play. Party. Plan’s super fun Caramel Apple Bar ), or make like Oh Happy Day and get kabob-ing with their colorful Candy Kabobs .
Learn with it!
Skip the ingesting part and use it to intellectualize (we’re 99% sure that’s a word). Check out these great ideas that incorporate candy + learning activities for your kids to get your creative juices flowing:
- Balancing with M&Ms from Inspiration Laboratories
- Creating Candy Sequences/Patterns and Sorting Activity from Toddler Approved
- Candy Corn Preschool Printables from This Reading Mama
- Gumdrop Sculptures (you could use any solid candy for this) from Tinkerlab
Don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy. Check out the full instructions for this amazing Glossy Skittles Paint from Mama Papa Bubba for all the details on how to paint the rainbow.
Save it for the Advent Calendar
Save your leftover goodies to fill your advent calendar. If you don’t have one, try making this simple but totally fun one from Alphamom. What kid wouldn’t love to wake up to a sugar high every morning?
Use it on your Gingerbread House
How is this the first time we’ve thought of this? It won’t even be stale by the holidays!
Donate it to the Troops
Check out local ways to donate your candy to our men and women in uniform. Programs like Operation Gratitude collect candy in November to send overseas to the troops. Halloween Candy Buy Back is a way for dentist offices and local businesses to buy back your candy in exchange for prizes or small gifts. The candy is then shipped overseas. Click here to find a participating business in your area.
Enlist The Switch Witch
This ingenious toy comes with a story to read to your kids. On Halloween night, they give the Switch Witch a portion of their Halloween Candy which is then – magically – transformed into a small gift the following morning. Then, take your secret stash and hit up one of the above programs to donate.
And last, but not least…
Ruin everyone’s holiday diet resolutions and bring it into the office. It will vanish before your eyes – the ultimate Halloween trick!
What are your favorite ways to make your Halloween leftovers disappear? Tell us all your tricks by leaving a comment below.
How to Handle Trick-or-Treating in 2020? Candy Companies Have Some Ideas
Whether it's socially distanced or online, Halloween can still happen in some form.
As the days gradually grow shorter and we inch closer to Halloween, parents and kids alike are understandably anxious about how trick-or-treating will function during the pandemic. With the course of events hard to predict seemingly from week to week, there&aposs no telling what late October has in store for us — especially with experts warning that Covid-19 could collide with the early days of flu season in a dangerous way.
As you might imagine, major candy companies have a very vested interest in ensuring American families feel they can safely celebrate Halloween. To that end, confectioners like The Hershey Company and Mars Wrigley are outlining some safety tips and alternative approaches so folks can safely stay in the spooky spirit of the season — and eat plenty of candy.
Recently, The Hershey Company launched a "Halloween 2020" website centered on tips for safe trick or treating. As conditions are different in pretty much every state and county, the site takes in data from the WHO, usafacts.org, and other sources to create a color-coded map of every U.S. county, offering recommendations for the safest way to experience Halloween in each location.
For example, those in a "yellow" zone could potentially try drive-up or contactless trick-or-treating, while families in "red" zones might want to stick to homebound activities like an in-house scavenger hunt or Zoom parties coordinated with the neighbors.
While Hershey hopes to help provide some clarity and advice (in addition to urging people to follow appropriate CDC regulations), Mars Wrigley has put their focus on turning Halloween into something of a virtual experience. The second the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to October 1st, they&aposll launch Treat Town, a free app billed as "the world&aposs first-ever digital Halloween Trick or Treating experience."
In essence, the app moves trick-or-treating into an online interactive space, where kids and families can create their own avatars, "host" trick-or-treaters, and collect in-app "candy" that can be redeemed for the real thing either at select retailers or online. For those in search of a safe alternative to going out to trick-or-treat (or just want to turn All Hallow&aposs Eve into a monthlong experience), it&aposs a decent way to replicate the ritual of Halloween without putting on (not so fun or spooky) masks.
Similar to Hershey, Mars Wrigley also recommends taking certain precautions before, during, and after trick-or-treating. Among the usual Halloween safety tips, their advice (developed in partnership with the National Safety Council) includes handing out wrapped candy, carrying hand sanitizer and extra masks, and letting candy sit for 24 hours — or disinfecting the wrappers —ore eating.
No matter how you approach it, Halloween is going to be at least a little bit scarier this year for reasons that have nothing to do with anyone&aposs costume. But with some advanced planning (and/or a smartphone), kids and parents don&apost have to give up on the holiday entirely. Here&aposs hoping that 2021 brings with it some less frightening times.
Trick or Treat: Homemade Halloween Candy featured
Growing up in the Northeast, October always brought a little something special in the air. A tinge of excitement, anticipation, promises of tricks and treats to come. The leaves are a shock of color. A big glass of fresh apple cider, or maybe even a piping hot apple donut, could be right around the corner. For sure, a night of revelry could be counted on. Halloween, a night where anything goes, where imagination is king and candy corn is queen.
You could be an Angry Ninja if you so pleased.
The wrath of an angry ninja.
Or a Lovely Lady in mom’s high heels.
When the witching hour arrives, and your little fingers and toes are frozen through, the best part of the evening is here. It’s time to go home and sort through your loot.
Let the opening bell sound, it’s trading time.
Good ‘N Plenty’s were the worst and went straight to Dad. Blech. Skittles and Starburst held decent clout. The big guns, the Apple stock of our world, were Twix, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Which is why I was so excited when I saw Chow’s Guide to Making Your Own Candy Bars. Homemade versions of my childhood favorites made even better with the use of premium chocolate and the guarantee of zero preservatives added. Sign me up.
I decided to tackle the DIY version of One of Life’s Great Kicks. Twix.
First, we start with getting that cookie crunch. A shortbread base is made and cut to the appropriate candy bar size. Before baking, small indentations are poked into the dough (not sure exactly why…could be to prevent the cookie from rising?).
Now on to the chewy caramel layer.
Tempered chocolate coating
And then, the coating of milk chocolate.
To be sure, making your own Halloween candy is pretty time and labor intensive. But, the results will bring you right back to the sugar-high times of yesteryear.
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Entire recipe (1 slice before toppings): 136 calories , 7g total fat (1g sat fat) , 264mg sodium , 17g carbs , 5.5g fiber , 2g sugars , 4g protein
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle&trade) SmartPoints® value 4*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Total time: 5 minutes
1 slice whole-grain bread with 60 - 80 calories per slice
1 1/2 oz. (about 3 tbsp.) mashed avocado
Hair: seaweed sheets/snacks, bean sprouts, shredded carrots
Eyes/nose: sliced hard-boiled eggs, sliced olives, corn kernels, sliced cherry tomatoes
Mouth/teeth: sliced bell pepper, sliced red onion, chopped/sliced jicama
Toast bread. Spread with avocado, and sprinkle with salt.
Top as desired to make your &ldquomonster&rdquo face. (Check out the recipe photo and video for inspiration!)
15 Halloween trick or treat recipesJessica Dady October 30, 2019 8:00 am
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Halloween treats are a big part of the scary holiday and no Halloween is complete without trick or treaters.
Halloween treats are a big part of the scary holiday and no Halloween is complete without trick or treaters. Why not have your own fun by whipping up some wickedly tasty Halloween treats for your kids and their friends this Halloween?
From toffee apples to spooky cupcakes, take a look at our favourite trick or treat Halloween recipes to make ready for when the little monsters come knocking.
Make this Halloween extra special by making your very own Halloween treats. We’ve got plenty to choose from including easy to make scary gingerbread men, gooey creamy vanilla fudge and ghostly mallow flapjacks.
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If that’s not enough, we’ve also got classic rocky road, tangy peppermint slices and treacle toffee – delicious. The kids will love helping you make all these tasty treats and will enjoy giving them out to neighbours and friends at the door.
Got some treats left over? If the kids have been good, why not let them try some of their very own baked goods (you could even have a sneaky few yourself). But no ghost stories before bed or they’ll never go to sleep. Happy Halloween!
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Halloween Recipes & Treats
Whether you’re throwing a spirited gathering or having a haunted evening at home, get into the Halloween spirit as you bake and decorate these easy desserts with the whole family. When it comes to Halloween treats, the spookier the better!
Halloween Cookies On A Stick
Decorate chocolate cookies as pumpkins, mummies, ghosts and goblins, or anything spooky enough for a Halloween treat.
Yummy Mummy Cookies
These mummy-shaped cookies covered in HERSHEY’S White Creme are a sweetly spooky addition to the dessert table.
REESE’S Pumpkin Spiders
These little critters tend to crawl onto everyone’s plate. And the kids can help attach the pretzel legs and place the candy eyes.