Photos by Rochelle Li, Words by Jessica Carlson
You know what time of year it is: the leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and everyone is trying to recover from Halloween. Fall is one of the best times of the year, but it is fast fleeting and there is only so much Halloween fun you can pack into October before the next holiday hits. I don’t know about you all, but even though I’m well past the acceptable age for trick or treating, I somehow acquire an absurd amount of candy during this spooky season. From care packages from home and free candy from events around campus, by the time the 31st rolls around, I’m already in a candy coma and have no clue what to do with all the rest. This is probably one of those problems that’s not really at problem at all, but read on if you need some ideas on what to do with your candy stash. Don’t forget to hit up CVS in November for the half-off candy and try some of these delicious ideas.
- Make Halloween Candy Bark
This recipe is as easy as melting some bittersweet chocolate and throwing in whatever candy you have lying around. Add in your favorite nut or pretzels to make a sweet and salty combo, the possibilities are endless. Check out this recipe for some inspiration.
- Deep Fry It!
I didn’t say that these ideas were going to be healthier than the candy itself, but anyone who has ever had a fried Snickers can attest, this is worth the extra calories. Save those full size candy bars for this one and whip up a quick tempura batter or use that pancake mix that has been sitting in your cupboard, you’ll have a fair-worthy snack in no time!
- Make Your Own Trail Mix
That treat-size bag of M&Ms is the perfect addition to a homemade trail mix that can be composed of ingredients easily found in the dining hall or your cupboard. And if you somehow were given those tiny boxes of raisins that are usually the least desirable in trick-or-treating, throw them in too.
- Create Homemade Flavored Vodka
For those of you 21 and over, this is an exciting opportunity to try your hand at being a mad scientist. Throw in some skittles or starburst, let it sit and tahdah! You’ve got your own custom concoction to try before your next night out.
When in doubt, you can always chop up candy bars and add them to your favorite cookie, brownie or ice cream recipe and if you’re lacking motivation, just sit back and enjoy the treat in its purest form.