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Emily Loftus, Carli Williams

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Halloween is over and you’re staring at gigantic mountains of candy. If this is you, then here’s several different ways to reuse your excess Halloween candy. Candy can stay good for a very long time if kept in the proper conditions. For example, if put in the freezer, chocolate can stay good for 18 months – hard candy can be frozen for up to 12 months for the best quality. If you want to use it right away, here are some other suggestions that might be for you.

Using all of the gathered sweets, you can create cool candy creations. Candy can be essential in the culinary field. “I’d still eat it, but I’d melt down gummy bears to make a giant gummy.” Riley McGowan stated.

Lots of cakes and cupcakes use candy to add a little artistic flair. You can go crazy with candy, baking something as crazy amazing as peanut butter cup pancakes or Twix cookie cups! Candy can also be melted, mashed and molded for decorating. Adriano Zumbo, the famous Australian pastry chef, also uses candy in some of his delicious creations. Some include his delicious hot cross buns and peanut butter chocolate chip brownies. Candy is key in a Christmas favorite – Gingerbread houses. Candy such as M&M’s, Twizzlers, Sweet Tarts, Skittles, and Starburst can be used to make a fun Christmas treat. The only other thing it requires is frosting!

Candy can also be a fun tool for art. After Halloween, you can heat up your glue guns and pull out your scissors and use it to make candy a future masterpiece. Surprisingly, Skittles can be used to make a nice, fruity-smelling painting. That and corn syrup. As it turns out, lots of candy can be utilized to make delicious jewelry, like candy bracelets and necklaces. You just need some string and something to punch a hole in the candy of your choice. Candy like gummy bears, Life Savers, or Dots would be a good choice for making sweet, edible jewelry. There are many other crafts you can make, like chocolate dogs. All you’d need would be Twix, Hershey Kisses, Tootsie Rolls, and chocolate chips. A cool and delicious Christmas decoration would be M&M lights. It requires M&M’s and Mike and Ike’s. Candy doesn’t have to have all the spotlight in crafting. Candy wrappers are a fun, unusual palate. They can be folded and weaved into just about anything you can think of. Like a bag, origami bird, or dress! The best part is you can have your cake and eat it too.

Candy isn’t just native to the United States. Many countries have found unique ways to use it. You can add some gummy bears into gummy bear sangria. A sangria is a Japanese beverage, with a large range of 37 flavors, including the original. You would infuse gummy bears and apple juice, but any fruit juice would work. Another way the world uses candy, specifically taffy, is in the Middle Eastern method, Amezaiku (飴細工). Taffy is one of the candies that don’t get eaten by people with braces, so they’re the perfect candidate to be turned into artwork. Amezaiku is a method of melting down taffy, or ame (飴), to create a sculpture. It takes precise and quick movements, because ame hardens just 5 minutes after melting. If you ever find yourself visiting or living in Japan, looking into amezaiku sculpting could prove to be a great idea.

But of course, there are other more heartfelt ways to reuse Halloween candy. “Donate it to kids that don’t get to trick-or-treat, or to veterans!” Seanna Howard suggested. Many websites, such as Soldiers’ Angels, will lead you to the nearest donation station to give your Halloween candy to.
There are many ways to use Halloween candy. Lots of ways can be done in the comfort of your own home, such as aforementioned skittle painting and edible jewelry. Hopefully, this has saved you from severe stomach aches and you can brag about your creations to your jealous friends.

 

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