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Even after Halloween passes, the excessive amount of candy remains. Rather than plowing through those leftover treats in one calorie-packed sitting, reinvent your candy with these game-changing ideas. Bring them to work, or host a post-Halloween party.
1. Bake up crunchy candy-bar bites
This is a great trick (and treat) for anyone prone to tearing through too many little chocolate bars in one sitting. (So, all of us.) Grab a box of mini fillo shells from the freezer aisle, and put 10 of them on a baking sheet. Cut 5 chocolate candy-bar squares in half, and put a candy half into each shell. Bake at 350 degrees until melted, about 10 minutes.
2. Make single-serving apple pie in minutes
Got Red Hots? The little cinnamon candies are perfect when paired with tender apples. Make this recipe in your favorite microwave-safe mug — only five ingredients in total!
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3. Create a candy topping for low-calorie cupcakes
This works with just about any candy, but it works best with something crumbly like Butterfinger bars. Start with a light base: I like to combine a box of devil’s food cake mix with 12 oz. club soda instead of adding the standard eggs, oil, etc. It really works!
Just bake the batter according to the cupcake directions on the box. Spread a bit of marshmallow crème over the cupcakes, and finish with crushed candy!
4. Top off marshmallow treats
Rice Krispies may be the star ingredient in the original treats, but I like making gooey marshmallow squares out of unexpected cereals. Chocolate Cheerios? Yes! And I don’t stop there. If you chop up leftover candy and press it into the treats while they’re warm, everything gets cranked up an extra-delicious notch.
5. Candy corn popcorn balls
It seems like there’s always some candy corn around after Halloween ends. If you want to repackage the tri-colored candy in a way that people won’t pass up, make a batch (or two) of these popcorn balls. Only 111 calories each, and they taste fantastic! Kids love ’em, and adults can’t resist.
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!