After the Butterfingers and Snickers are long gone, there sit the dregs of the Halloween pillowcase. Those undesirable confections that linger after all of the coveted candies have been eaten: Bit-O-Honey's, candy corn and other generic sweets that lie at the bottom of the bag with the toothbrushes and pennies.
Three ideas for those unwanted trick-or-treats:
1. Bit-O-Honey Bites
One of our New Times colleagues firmly places Bit-O-Honey at the bottom of his Halloween-candy-I-want-in-my bag list. I, personally, love those rubbery pieces of peanut butter nougat, but for all of those Bit-o-Haters out there, here's a recipe to use up those unwanted chews.
See this recipe for Bit-O-Honey Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and more after the jump.
Bit O Honey Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese frosting
5 Bit-O-Honey Bars (1.7-oz size)
1 cup canola oil
1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (I used Tofutti)
2 ounces butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners' sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13- by-9-inch pan with nonstick spray
- Freeze Bit-O-Honeys for 10 minutes, then chop them coarsely in the food processor and set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil and eggs, and mix 30 seconds on high with an electric mixer. Add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Mix on medium 1 minute while scraping down sides of the bowl. Add the baking powder, baking soda and flour, and mix on low 30 seconds
- Fold in the chopped candy bars
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean
- Cool completely before frosting
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Mix in the vanilla. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until thoroughly incorporated
- Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cooled pumpkin bars. Cut into 2 x 3-inch squares
2. Chocolate-Dipped Bananas
One solution for those residual bars: Melt them down with some butter and use it as a dip for bananas.
- 2 banana cut in half
- 4 popsicle sticks
- 10 mini chocolate bars or 2 big ones
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Crushed candy bar or nuts (optional)
- Line a sheet pan with wax paper
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler, stirring occasionally
- Insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of each banana piece
- When chocolate is melted, dip into the chocolate mixture
- Sprinkle with nuts or crushed candy bar
3. Fruity Candies
The fruity candy Halloween treat is a passive-aggressive way of saying, "I hate trick-or-treaters."
While it's difficult to get excited about candy corn or hard candies -- it's easy to rally around a delicious flavored vodka beverage.
Soak some of those candies in vessel o' vodka, strain, and then mix into a martini or another -- cocktail. It also works with Skittles and Pop Rocks. Read more candy/liquor combos in last week's list.
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup candy
Coffee filter (to filter out extra sugar)
- Pour vodka into container and add candy
- Shake vigorously, then let sit overnight
- Strain the mixture through the coffee filter
- Mix into a delicious beverage
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