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6 Ways to Repurpose Halloween Candy and Wrappers

October 22, 2021

When fall arrives, the misty skies and chilly rainy days are sure to follow. Naturally, most people frown at the bad weather. They wrap themselves in coats and scarves, cover their heads with umbrellas due to the autumn rain, and mostly look down at their feet, trying to get to their destination as fast as they can. As a result, the splendor of autumn is severely overlooked. There's something special about the playfulness of autumn's captivating colors. The leaves change from green to yellow, orange, and red, and people change into warm, colorful layers of clothing. The walk through a vivid and pastel environment transforms into an authentic experience, passing through memories and dreams.

Happy National Color Day, October 22

There should be no surprise that the world chose to observe National Color Day on this beautiful October day. For centuries, different colors have been perceived as a descriptive element that gives a deep symbolic value and plays a significant role in everyday life. The mind-blowing variety of hues has a wide range of effects on people and their minds. Colors have the power to influence a person's mood and generate an aura of energy and variety in the surrounding environment. Autumn is the most vibrant season of the year, bringing some of the most vivid holidays. Without question, Halloween is the most outstanding example of this since it is renowned for showcasing a tremendous variety of colors by having people dress up as practically everything that exists under the sun. Another tradition that adds to the vividness of this holiday is the custom of trick-or-treating. The underlying fear of possible mischief or disappointed crying kids forces almost everyone to stock up on various kinds of delicious and colorful candy. Chocolate bars, gummy worms, lollipops, and liquorice are some of the most popular weapon choices in the battle with all the little tricksters. But do you know how this custom made its way to your doorstep?

Origin of the expression trick-or-treat.

Many historians believe that modern trick-or-treating has roots in the English, Scottish, and Irish custom of "guising" or "mumming.". This tradition involved dressing up and performing a card trick, singing, or telling a story in exchange for a treat. According to accounts from the 19th century, people that indulged in guising would usually go door to door, reciting verses and announcing their good fortune if they weren't welcomed. The oldest documented costumes are worn for guising date back to the 16th century and were found in Ireland. These festivities were later brought to Canada by the arrival of Irish and Scottish immigrants in the 1800s. The earliest instance of children dressed in costume appeared in Vancouver in 1898. There the term "trick-or-treat" and the practice of going door-to-door did not become widespread until the twentieth century, when it also slowly made its way to the US, later becoming the most beloved and cherished Halloween tradition.

To treat, or not to treat, that is the question. 

Leftover candy happens even to the best sweet tooth vampires, which makes the answer to this question quite obvious.

Because of how much candy one can receive on Halloween, the average person will likely have a more excellent supply than they could ever consume. Therefore, repurposing this excess candy becomes a necessity. Because of this, The Holiday Blog has decided to list some creative decisions to help you put not only the leftover candy but also recycle the colorful wrapping of it. These six ideas will help you put everything to good use. Check them out.

3 Recipes with Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 (.3 ounce) miniature bars fun-sized candy bars, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy. One at a time beat in the eggs until smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Gradually incorporate into the butter mixture. Mix in the vanilla extract until well combined. Mix in the candy a little at a time.
  4. Drop spoonful of dough onto two baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.

Halloween Candy Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces 
  • ½ cup chopped peanut butter cups
  • ½ cup chopped chocolate-covered crispy peanut butter candy
  • ½ cup chopped milk chocolate candy bars

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until creamy; beat in egg.
  3. Gradually fold in candy-coated milk chocolate pieces, peanut butter cups, chocolate-covered crispy peanut butter candy, and milk chocolate bars until batter is just combined. Place the batter in the prepared baking pan.
  4. Cook in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack.

Halloween Candy Cake

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups pound cake chunks
  • Four large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped Halloween candy

Directions: 

  1. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with butter. Set aside the pound cake chunks in the prepared baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and 3/4 cup sugar until frothy. Combine the milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean paste, and salt in a mixing bowl. Continue beating for another 1 to 2 minutes. Break up any clumps that form as you stir in the chopped candy. Pour the egg mixture over the pound cake in the baking pan, pressing it down to cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, covered with plastic wrap.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).
  4. Bake for 1 hour in a preheated oven or until puffed and set. Allow bread pudding to cool for 15 to 20 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

3 DIY Crafts with Candy Wrappers

Candy Wrap Christmas Ornament

Materials needed:

  • candy wrappers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun with a Ruler
  • Ribbon on a cardboard circle

Directions:

  1. Make a 2-inch cardboard circle.
  2. Make one inch squares out of the candy wrappers.
  3. Make a cone out of each of the one-inch squares.
  4. Use a pencil to help secure the glue inside each cone.
  5. Glue the cones to the cardboard circle one at a time.
  6. Continue gluing the cones around the cardboard circle. Create a second layer behind the middle one.
  7. Tape a piece of the candy wrapper to the back of your cardboard circle.
  8. Wrap a ribbon around the cardboard circle's edge.
  9. For the back of the candy wrapper, use a coke tab. Christmas decoration

 

Did you know that you can create your own holiday magic by turning your favorite Santa Magic memories into beautiful Christmas ornaments? No matter where you place it, it will add an extraordinary personal touch to your holiday décor this season! 

Easy Candy Wrapper Coin Wallet

Materials needed:

  • Candy Wrappers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Zipper
  • Sewing machine

Directions:

  1. Cut a coin wallet-sized chocolate bar wrapper in half to make two equal parts.
  2. Wrap cellophane tape all over the surface of both components separately. Remove any excess tape that protrudes from the wrapper's edges.
  3. To remove any unwanted bumps, run an iron (on the lowest setting) over the wrapper.
  4. Cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size as the wrappers. Use a color that contrasts with the wrapper.
  5. Place each equal-sized fabric piece on top of each candy wrapper.
  6. Connect both sides on top with a sewing machine and a fitting length zipper.
  7. Flip the wrappers over and connect them (colorful part remains on the inside). Repeat with the fabric.
  8. Sew all the sides of the wrappers together carefully.
  9. Sew the sides of the fabric together, leaving the bottom unstitched.
  10. Turn the sewn wrapper on the outside using the open side of the fabric.
  11. Close the last opening of the fabric part and put it inside the wrappers.

Your Own Product

This year why don't you try and make your very own Halloween candy? It could as well be some of those delicious cookies mentioned above. To make the finished product even more presentable, you could include custom-made paper wrapping and decorate it to your own liking. If you are not the artsy type, don't worry! A simple internet search can provide you with eternal template ideas for customizable candy wrappers that you could use. Decorate using biodegradable ribbons.

Hint: you could easily gift those to the people you love as a tiny, tasty token of appreciation

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. From costumes to candy to decorations and more- it's a time to unleash your creativity and enjoy every last bit of it! Whether you're a Halloween enthusiast or just looking for some new recipes and ideas to get in the spirit of the season, The Holiday Blog hopes these ideas and recipes have been helpful to you.

Get Inspired, check out this Halloween Pinterest board!

What are your favorite Halloween traditions? Do you have any creative tricks up your sleeve? Share them in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram.

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Happy Haunting, everyone!

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