4 Yummy Recipes To Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Having leftover Halloween candy can be a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to sneak a piece of chocolate or two every once in a while, but with the onslaught of Thanksgiving and Christmas baked goods right around the corner, it’s not always ideal to have that many sweet treats calling your name.

So, what to do with all of that candy? You could stick it all in the freezer, or you could whip up a few of these creative recipes and call it a day!

The video below includes step-by-step instructions for turning leftover Halloween candy into delicious new treats. The best part is that these four recipes are definitely crowd pleasers. So, make a few batches before your next get-together so you can get rid of a whole bunch of sweets at once.

1. Hard Candies

Got a ton of Jolly Ranchers left in the candy bucket? Melt them down three at a time to form rainbow lollipops. That should help you get rid of them quickly!

2. Caramels

Halloween may be over, but fall is still in full effect. Melt those caramels to make an amazing caramel apple treat. You can even crush up chocolate candies to use as a topping! Now, you’ve got a delicious snack and much less candy on your hands.

3. Chocolates

Chocolate and fruit makes a great combo. So, melt down chocolate leftovers and dip some strawberries into them, why don’t you?

4. Gummies

If you’ve got gummy bears or other gummy candies, there’s a really creative (and tasty) use for them. Throw them into popsicle molds, add soda and freeze. Simple as that. It’s a great way to get rid of leftovers in a flash.

Watch the video below for more information on preparing each of the above recipes—and prepare to say goodbye to that lingering Halloween candy once and for all!

Of course, there are tons of other ideas for using leftover candies online. We also love the idea of using leftover Hershey bars to make s’mores dip, for example.

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Truly, the possibilities are endless! Here are even more leftover Halloween candy recipes.

Caramel M&Ms To Become A Permanent Flavor In May

When news broke that Mars, the parent company of M&Ms, would soon be selling caramel M&M’s for good, people from everywhere took to the internet to share their excitement for the latest creation. 

Although there have been many different flavors of M&Ms created throughout the years, such as the limited edition white cheesecake flavored M&Ms that rolled out this year for Valentine’s Day, this is a first for the company to add a softer-filled center like caramel.

Hank Izzo, vice president of research and development of parent company Mars Chocolate, said that the brand regularly plays around with the size, shape, color and texture of M&Ms, but caramel was especially of interest to the company in recent years.

“It was a big technological challenge for us,” Izzo told CNN. “We never before had a M&M lentil with a true soft center, so we had to figure out how to not make the chocolate too sticky or too soft that it could collapse.”

Get Ready For Caramel M&Ms To Hit Shelves Next Year - Permanently!
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The caramel-filled M&Ms, which are a bit larger in size than the regular milk chocolate candies, were not only a massive undertaking to make, but was a costly one too.

Izzo and his team of engineers and product development scientists worked on developing machinery just to be able to fill the little hard-shelled candies with caramel. According to CNN Money, the company also invested about $100 million to build a new manufacturing site located in Topeka, Kansas.

With the plans of hire 70 employees to run the new operation, the newest flavor won’t be going away anytime soon. And from the looks of it, that’s exactly how M&Ms fans want it. Because after the news about the new flavor broke last October, the company received more than 75,000 reactions on Facebook between likes, shares and comments.

So get your tastebuds ready, because in May 2017, they’ll officially become a new permanent member of the M&M family.

And while you wait, here’s a video from CNN Money that’s sure to make your mouth water.

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Can You Find The M&M In The Candy Corn?

In this yummy pile of candy corn is a yellow M&M. Can you find it?

Once you find it, share with a friend who loves photo-hunt puzzles as much as you do!

Take a look at the picture below. (And try not to get too hungry for candy corn while you’re at it.)

OK, are you frustrated? Stumped because you can’t find the yellow M&M? Need a hint? Keep reading!

Here’s a hint. It’s looks like it’s a mini-sized M&M, not a regular-sized one. So look for something small.

Still can’t find it?

Keep scrolling…

OK, here it is…

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See, I told you it was tiny!

Another Great Hidden Picture

This one comes from Simplemost writer Mitchell Byars.

Take a look and try to  find the circles in a photo full of squares.

Remember those posters you would stare at forever trying to find the sailboat or unicorn or whatever shape was hidden in the frame? Well, we’ve got another one for you. The Coffer Illusion—which has been making the rounds on Facebook—has everyone questioning the sanity of the person who first created it and posed the question: How many circles are there really?

Because: Wait. Circles? Are you out of your mind?

Take a look at the image in question:

At first glance, this would appear to be just a bunch of black and white lines and squares. But no. There are actually 16 circles in this photo. Can you spot them? I’ll give you a second to stare at it.

Or a minute.

Or an hour.

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As one commenter on the photo said, “Once you see them, you can’t unsee them.” Still can’t find them?

I’ll give you a hint: Look between the rectangles…

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Ohhhhhhhh…

Now try to un-see them. You probably can’t look past them now, right?

The person who posted the puzzle, Nicholas Johnson, is actually a magician and entertainer who also educates children on the science of deception and the mind. He said it took him 30 minutes to find the circles. His post has since been shared about 10,000 times by some people who were equally confounded, and others who thought Johnson was a blind moron.

But Can You Find This Bat?

For another Halloween-themed hidden puzzle, check out the image below. That’s a LOT of vampires.

All of them look like fairly friendly vampires, on a side note. One’s even wearing a clown nose.

And there is, in fact, one tiny bat hanging out with the vampires. And by tiny, I mean tiny. Look for one set of tiny little bat eyes.

Can you find him?

Get some hints and find the answer here.

Find The Cat In This Pile Of Logs

Now can you find the cat in this pile of logs?

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Find the answer here.

Want more optical illusions? See if you find the frog in this photo or the hidden faces in this one.

7 Drinks That Have More Sugar Than A Candy Bar

One of the most important aspects of cleaning up your diet is cutting out sugar. As delicious as it is, sugar is one of the worst foods for your health. It can increase our risk for a number of diseases and can even affect your mental health.

When working to decrease sugar intake, many people start by ditching donuts, cookies, candy and other sweets. But what you may not realize is that the drinks you’re consuming may actually be even worse for you.

For reference, a typical candy bar — such as a standard-size Hershey’s chocolate bar — contains 24 grams of sugar, but it’s not uncommon for a sweet drink to contain much more sugar than that. The following seven drinks contain more sugar than this entire candy bar.

1. Gatorade

Gatorade is often a go-to drink after a workout, but we’re not filling our bodies with the best nutrients when we load up on this sports drink post-exercise. Although amounts vary depending on flavor, a typical 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar.

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2. Red Bull

Many of us turn to Red Bull for energy, but we may want to think again. In addition to its high caffeine content, Red Bull is also loaded with sugar, coming in at 27 grams of sugar per 8.4 fluid ounces. Red Bull may make us feel alert for a bit, but we can expect to feel that sugar crash later.

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3. Vitamin Water

Just because it says “vitamin” in the name doesn’t make it healthy. Just after water, cane sugar is the second ingredient in Vitamin Water. A typical 20-ounce bottle contains 31 grams of sugar. We’re better off getting our vitamins from natural sources, like fruits and vegetables.

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4. Naked Juice

If it’s juice, it can’t be bad, right? Think again. Because it’s concentrated with so many fruits, Naked Juice contains an unnecessarily high amount of sugar. Even a 15.2-ounce bottle of their “Green Machine” juice contains 53 grams of sugar. Although it’s natural, we’d be better off eating a whole fruit. Too much sugar is too much sugar, and eating a whole fruit also provides fiber, which helps us to feel full.

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RELATED: Here’s Why McDonald’s Coke Tastes Better

5. Frappuccino

Coffee on its own isn’t a red flag. When it’s blended with a whole boatload of sugar, then we’ve got problems. Even just a tall Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks contains 46 grams of sugar. Upgrade to a grande, and we’re at 66 grams. Opt for a venti, and it’s a whopping 84 grams of sugar.

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6. Soda

When we think of sugary drinks, soda is usually the first thing that comes to mind — and for good reason. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, for example, contains 39 grams of sugar. Opt for a flavor like vanilla or cherry, and we’re up to 42 grams. Considering there are no other nutrients in the drink, we’re better off skipping soda entirely.

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7. Lemonade

Lemonade is packed with sugar. Minute Maid lemonade, for example, is only made with three percent juice. It’s no surprise the rest of it is made up of sugar in the form of fructose. One 20-ounce bottle contains a shocking 67 grams of sugar.

RELATED: 18 Reasons You Should Start Drinking Lemon Water Every Day

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In the end, nothing is as good for you as a glass of water — or in this case, an edible pod of water!

Here’s How To Make Sour Patch Grapes (Yes, You Read That Right)

Who doesn’t love a good Sour Patch Kid?  They are irresistible, chewy, sour goodness.

Well the folks at Delish have done us a ginormous favor and showed us an easy two-ingredient Sour Patch Grape recipe. Honestly, they had us at Sour Patch. But, turns out all you need is a little Jello to turn your grapes sour.

Here’s what you’ll need for this Sour Patch Grapes recipe:

INGREDIENTS

Lime Jello Mix
Lemon Jello Mix
Orange Jello Mix
Cherry Jelly Mix
Green grapes
Lemon juice
Plastic sandwich bags

Watch the video above to see how the magic happens.

We are drooling just thinking of all the yummy Jello flavor combos we can make. Did you try this recipe? Let us know your favorite.