October 27, 2014 12:00 PM

Entertaining, Food, Travel and Home

Cook with Leftover Candy!

Candy Corn

Corn Bread

The Cronut inventor and author of The Secret Recipes whips up another creative flavor combination

12/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cornmeal

2 tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. kosher salt

11/3 cups whole milk

½ cup melted butter

1½ tbsp. honey

1 large egg

3½ oz. chopped candy corn

1. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, combine milk, butter, honey and eggs. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until fully combined. Fold chopped candy corn into the cake batter.

3. Allow batter to rest overnight in the refrigerator. The candy corn bits will dissolve completely.

4. Remove from refrigerator and stir well to incorporate candy corn color throughout the batter. The batter will turn a light orange.

5. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray 4 mini (4-in.) cake pans or small loaf pans with baking spray. Pour batter into pans and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm.

Makes: 4 loaves

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 18 to 20 minutes

Nutty Chocolate

Candy Drops

The acclaimed pastry chef and author of Baking Chez Moi shares an easy, no-bake dessert

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into chunks

12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

4 cups cornflakes

1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut

1/3 cup chopped dried cherries or dried cranberries

1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted slivered almonds or walnuts

Pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup chocolate-coated candy pieces

1. Line mini muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Put the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water. Cover butter with chopped chocolate and heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is melted, thick and creamy.

3. Toss the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and pour the chocolate sauce over them. Gently mix everything together until it is all coated in chocolate.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups. Slide the cups into the refrigerator and chill until set, about 30 minutes.

Makes: About 32 candies

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 10 minutes

Peanut Butter & Cereal Pops

‘I love finding unconventional uses for candy,’ the founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar says of this treat

3 tbsp. butter

1 10-oz. package marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows

4 cups crisp rice cereal

2 cups of your favorite sweetened cereal

1½ cups hard-shell peanut butter candies

8 wooden Popsicle sticks

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in crisp rice cereal and your favorite sweetened cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Fold in peanut butter candies. Spoon the mixture into a bowl covered in cooking spray. Using buttered hands, form the mixture into 8 balls and place on waxed paper and let cool completely.

4. Insert a Popsicle stick into each ball.

5. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and oil. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

6. Dip each ball into the chocolate and place on waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate sets.

Makes: 8

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 6 minutes

Pop Culture Pumpkins

Move over, Jack! These great gourds capture some of the year’s most entertaining faces


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Ray Villafane of Villafane Studios shaped the ears (attached with skewers) and lightly airbrushed the surface to make Grumpy Cat’s adorably disgruntled mug.


It took the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers 10 hours to create this Groot-inspired design from Guardians of the Galaxy. See how it was made at ulive.com.

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