Tag Archives: candy

Womans Day magazine October 17 2011

Woman’s Day Candy Corn Fudge Makes Sweet Use of Leftover Halloween Treats

Womans Day magazine October 17 2011

Womans Day magazine, October 17, 2011 issue

Still in a sugar coma post-Halloween? Considering an overwhelming majority of parents admitted to swiping some of their kids’ sweets, it’s very likely.

So what can you do to eliminate those tempting chocolates and candies before you get tired of them? It could be just as simple as a little reinvention, according to Woman’s Day magazine’s Oct. 17, 2011, issue, which offered up four tricks for turning Halloween candies into new treats.

The “Tricks for Treats” article included instructions for Candy Corn Fudge, Snickers Blondies, Peppermint Meringues and Nerd Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Of the four, the oddest combination was the Candy Corn Fudge. Aside from the obvious–the candy corn–the recipe calls for pretzel pieces and dried cherries mixed into a white chocolate-cream cheese-confectioners’ sugar mixture that’s sweet enough to give you a cavity.

After sneaking several tastes of the fudge, I was already having visions of elevated sugar levels. But once I sampled the final product, the end result wasn’t so offensively sweet, thanks to the saltiness of the pretzels and the tartness of the dried cherries.

The recipe couldn’t be easier to make, as it only requires mixing cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and melted white chocolate chips, then folding in dried cherries and pretzels. Once the mixture is poured into the pan, top with candy corn before it goes into the fridge to set.

The ingredients are enough to make an 8-inch-by-8-inch pan’s worth of fudge; as sweet as it is, that is more than plenty.

KIWI magazine October-November 2011 cover detail

How to Get Rid of Your Kids’ Halloween Candy

KIWI magazine October-November 2011 issue

KIWI magazine, October/November 2011

It taunts me most at night. The candy from my kids’ plastic orange pumpkins calls to me. “They’ll never miss just one piece,” or “A little fun size Kit-Kat bar won’t hurt your post-baby diet too much.” The sugar obsession is addictive, and apparently contagious because my kids worry all day long about when they’ll be allowed to chose another piece. Dumping it in the trash would be the best thing for us all, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

If you’re like me and need the candy gone now, try some of these great ideas from the October/November 2011 issue of KIWI magazine:

  1. Candy Fairy: Your kids already believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Why not add another imaginary character to the list? Let your child select a few favorite pieces of candy and then leave the rest in a bag next to his or her pillow for the Candy Fairy. The magazine suggested that this fairy could be introduced as the Tooth Fairy’s cousin. In the candy’s place, leave a small toy, new book or even a batch of your kid’s favorite homemade cookies.
  2. Haunted House: You could wait until December to make a gingerbread house, but why? Start unwrapping pieces and built the biggest haunted Halloween house ever. You can slather an old milk carton with frosting as the base so the decorations will stick.
  3. Candy Toys: Use pieces to play tic-tac-toe or checkers. Or if you need to be on your feet to work off all the candy you’ve already consumed, then try the magazine’s idea of a candy toss. Have family members toss pieces into your kids’ candy pails. Smaller pieces get more points. Winner gets to pick a piece of candy to keep.

What about you? Do you have tips or tricks for getting the candy out of the house before you eat it all?

Candy corn in a bowl

Cooking Light Points Trick-or-Treaters (and Parents) to Healthier Halloween Candy

Cooking Light magazine October 2011

The October issue of Cooking Light magazine features the best candy choices for kids.

Fellow sweet tooth-ers, it’s that time of the year (OK, so another one) when we’re tempted by the fruits–er, sweets–of another sugar-laden season. Yes, for those of us with a weakness for chocolates and other candies, Halloween begins the slippery slope down which we tumble all the way to the Christmas holidays. Or is that just me speaking for myself?

Based on some numbers shared in Everyday Food’s October 2011 issue, I don’t think so. According to the digest-sized magazine, we collectively spent $2 billion (yes, billion) on Halloween candy last year. And 70 percent of parents admitted skimming chocolates from their kids’ trick-or-treating loot. (No word on the percentage of older sisters who ‘fessed up to doing the same to their younger brothers, but certainly they–or at least I–did.)

So far this season, I’ve given in to candy corn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, York Peppermint Patties and a mixed bag of assorted “fun size” candies (ahem, mostly chocolates). Some of them–actually most, thank you very much–were purchased to be used in some Halloween treat recipes. (Speaking of which, I should probably get going on those before I eat all the ingredients.)

That much sugar can’t be good, I’m sure, but by paying attention to the nutritional information–or better yet, Cooking Light’s “Halloween Treat Picker” in its October 2011 issue, can help you make smart choices for yourself or the little ghosts and goblins who knock on your door on Halloween.

The nutritional magazine’s grid plots candies according to saturated fat, sugar content and calories. My treats were all over the place, though most were heavier on the sugar and about even on the more vs. less saturated fat scale. Guess I’ll just have to make some better candy choices next time I’m at the supermarket. For the trick-or-treaters, of course.