Today’s post comes to us from Food Fighters contestant and lifestyle guru Cortney Anderson-Sanford. An avid home cook and mother of two, Cortney gets a kick out of cooking with her kids and taking inspiration from them.
Boo! The leaves have fallen, there is a chill to the night air, and pumpkins are popping up on porches left and right. This means that Halloween is here and it’s time for the bags upon bags of candy laying around the house, at the bank, the office – pretty much everywhere you look you see little bite sized bits of sugar deliciousness. One great way of using these little treasures for good is to participate in the amazing Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Dr. Kammer founded Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, California in 2005. On his website, he explains that “the Halloween Candy Buy Back (HCBB) program was started with the goal of getting some of the candy ‘off the streets.’ In 2005, I held my first HCBB. The next year, I went to my colleagues and asked if they’d be interested in supporting this endeavor by simply paying $1 for every pound of candy a child brought into their respective offices followed by sending the goodies to the troops overseas. The local responses were fabulous and in the following years – the national response overwhelmed me as well!”
I find that even after donating candy our family STILL has bits and pieces squirrelled away and then usually discovered at a much later date. Instead of getting stuck in the monotony of eating plain candy, I have come up with some great ways to repurpose some of the goodies for a yummy dessert or a fun lunchbox treat that is not wrapped in plastic. And it’s always better to have the oven on and the house smelling warm and cozy.
Salty meets sweet and falls in love in this Snickers Crunch recipe that uses Snickers bite-sized candies, mini chocolate bars and soda crackers. Experiment with letting your kids making this recipe. You guys can swap in different kinds of candy and see what happens. Maybe Milky Ways melted with a crunch bar topping? You know everyone will have fun and even goof-ups will be gobbled up quickly because they taste delicious.
Cookie dough, thanks for being my freezer savior. I love putting anything into cookie dough and keeping logs in the freezer to pull out during dessert emergencies. My Browned Butter Malted Oatmeal Cookie recipe is a wonderful addition to this repertoire. The recipe has the nutty addition of browned butter, yet without the nuts for those of us that have allergies. I put oatmeal in to add a little fiber and voilà! Another tasty alternative to straight-up candy.
What do you do with all the leftover Halloween candy you find yourself with this time of year?