Candy is one of the biggest attractions for kids and adults that starts with Halloween every year. Big events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. New year Eve till valentine’s day, are all about candies.
No doubt, the fun of going trick or treat down the neighborhood is much awaited all year long. Some of the big stores and schools follow the tradition of trick or treat and distribute candies. In the end, it’s going to be A LOT of candies.
Of course, it is a lot of sugar, and kids do not want to think about it as they are too young to understand the ‘TOO MUCH SUGAR” thing.
As a parent, you may want to avoid too much candy for your kids however, at the same time, you do not want to deprive kids of Halloween fun.
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Ideas on what you can do with candies post-Halloween
Going trick or treat may pile up heaps of candies in your household and as a parent that would be the last thing you want your kids to eat all of their candies at once.
Moreover, you can save chocolates like snickers, Twix, Milky way candies for chocolate shakes as a morning breakfast or evening drink for kids, or to serve guests for a random weekend get together.
3. Save some candy for ice cream sundaes
If you are having a game night or a random party over the weekend, you can make ice cream sundaes in this mini dessert cups.
A couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream served with wafers and top it with a tiny piece of chocolate candy or m&ms.
4. Bake candy in cookies
You can look up some ideas of making M&m or chocolate candy cookies with Twix or Snickers etc. Either you use ready to make cookie mix or make your own from scratch, you can add whatever candy you like.
That is going to be a perfect snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
5. Bake some candy in brownies Or cakes
Use candies like M&Ms or other chocolate candy to make brownie mix and bake.
6. Decorate cakes
You can bake a store box cake mix, top it with whipped cream and spread candies on top or fill in cake layers with your favorite candy.
KitKat, Twix or M&Ms would be the best option for cake decorations.
For kids’ birthday cakes, get a sheet cake from Costco and decorate it with leftover chocolates and candies with a cute cake topper. Kids are going to love it. It’s a win-win.
7. Make desserts
Chop crunchy or hard candies in small pieces and mix them in the cream or not-too-sweet ice cream. Let it cool and enjoy the dessert with a little bit of whipped cream.
Mix Oreo cookies with cream or a corn starch milk pudding. Toss in some chopped candies and let the dessert cool in the refrigerator.
8. Make a Trail mix of m&ms with pretzels and nuts etc
A delicious healthy snack for Thanksgiving gift for your loved ones. Toss in some candies with a mix of cashews, peanuts, pistachio, almonds and fill up mason jars with a lovely thank you note.
9. Donate excess candies
You can also donate excess candies to schools or donate to anyone who is accepting candies.
10. Take it to the office
If you are a working mom, you can take it to the office or send it to your partner’s workplace.
11. Send it to the troops
Many families send the extra candies to the troops and you have to figure out who is collecting candies to send to troops.
12. Ask your doctors’ office if they accept candies
Moms may need to call the doctor’s office or dentist office and find out who is accepting candies so you can ask your kids to donate candies to their doctors’ office.
13. Save some for thanksgiving dinner
You may want to save some candy for the thanksgiving party. A candy buffet can be set up for any dinner or party and you can use these candy jar with scoopers to set up extra candy for the guests.
14. Save some for holidays desserts
Besides you can make candy desserts for holidays, you may want to fill up cute boxes with candies and send it along with your gifts to your family, friends, and teachers.
15. Make goody bags and distribute on upcoming events
Filling up goody bags with leftover extra candies with a tiny toy is a cute goody bag for kids.
16. Take out the candy that may trigger allergies
Although moms know what kids are allergic still you need to be vigilant. When you are using candies like peanut butter or something similar that people are might allergic too, you would want to take those out before you use in food or add an ingredient note.
17. Trade candy with toys
Your kids might be interested in giving away all that candy for their favorite toy. This is indeed an awesome idea to bribe kids not to eat too much candy.
18. Offer a healthy Snack or Protein bar
Next time when you open the doors for kids, you may want to give them a healthier snack like a protein bar chocolate-dipped fruits instead of a whole bunch of candies.
Last but not least, you need to be super careful about the expiration dates and best before dates on the candies before using and saving.
Have a sweet holiday season with an idea of making it sweet for others too.
Cut loaf cake in small pieces. Or you can hand crush a few slices, layer it on the bottom of the dessert serving dish. You can choose any size that would cater to the number of guests.
Just a tip: Go for a bigger serving dish so you could have some of it left for yourself too.
Top the crushed loaf cake with vanilla pudding. I used just two servings because it is a small serving dish and not too high.
Now you Sprinkle health bits all over uniformly.
Add fruits of your choice, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or pineapple and do not go overboard. I would recommend you to use One or two complementing fruits. Adding too many different fruits would not be a good choice.
I only used strawberries for layering.
Next you add add a layer of chocolate syrup on top. Pour generously all over.
You can repeat the layers process as many times you like.
Add more crushed cake on top and sprinkle some more health bar toffee bits.
Depending on the expected number of guests you can add more layers of cake slice and vanilla pudding. Repeat layers once you reach the required height of your serving dish.
Apply a smooth layer of cool whip on top of everything. Now you can decorate with strawberries and blueberries or any other fruit you like. However, strawberries and bananas work great if used in combination.
Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate. Do not put it in the freezer. You can make it a day before
Guacamole dip is not only the most refreshing and beautiful looking dip but also it is so flavorful and filling snack. Have you ever had Chipotle Guacamole and chips? This could be an absolute replica of Chipotle Guac Recipe.
I love those and so do my kids. My kids love this guacamole dip with tortilla chips. It is very easy to make it as a snack or served as an appetizer.
Here are the things you need for a very healthy snack.
One ripe Avocado
1 Tbsp of finely chopped tomato, you can add Roma tomatoes if you like.
1 Tbsp of finely chopped red onion
1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp of finely diced green jalapeno pepper without seeds (Optional)
Just a tiny squeeze of lime juice.
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
How to make Guacamole Dip
First, cut the avocado in half. Scoop out guac with the help of a spoon and remove the seed. Lightly mash the avocado and add all chopped vegetables. Just mix everything together and then add salt and pepper as per your taste. Squeeze a dash of lime juice or lime juice whatever you have available.
I do eyeball all the ingredients, you can increase or reduce the amount of any veggie you want. Once all ingredients are nicely mixed, it’s ready to serve.
Just have everything chopped beforehand except the avocado. once you are ready to serve. Do not let it sit for long hours before serving. The dip might change its color pretty quickly (Green to Brown) due to the oxidization process, however, adding lime would slower the oxidizationprocess.
Enjoy it with your favorite Tortilla Chips. I get mine from Aldi and they taste just awesome with Guac. You can get any type of tortilla chips you like.
This is my kids’ favorite dip. You can skip adding jalapeno peppers if your kids cannot handle spice. Although my kids don’t anything spice and they do just fine with this dip even if there is pepper in there.
However, it is optional you can skip it all together. If it is for adults, always deseed and do not add too much. It is just going to add a little spice in there.
For grown-ups, I serve guacamole dip with pickled jalapenos on the side and top it with Mexican style thinly grated cheese. This taste incredible too.
Winters are here and everyone is looking forward to the holidays. This soup recipe is perfect for the holiday season. In this cold weather, we all need something warm and cozy to eat. What could be the best option other than soup?
I love winters, and as soon as I felt a little cold I just had the first soup of this season.
This Chicken corn soup is mine and my family’s absolute favorite. Everyone absolutely loves this soup.
Today I am going to share a recipe of this chicken corn soup which so easy to make. Just a few ingredients and a little bit of effort but absolutely worth it.
What you need
Chicken Stock – 2 liters (about 9 cups)
Boneless chicken – 1 lb (Black meat or white meat, It is absolutely your choice. I personally like leg and thigh boneless).
Prepare chicken stock. Take a few chicken bones and add about 3 liters of water in a big pot. Add 2 cloves of garlic and let it boil and simmer on medium heat until you are left with just 2 liters of chicken stock. It will take at least an hour until you get a nice chicken stock.
If you have a ready-made chicken stock that should work too. I have never used a ready-made chicken stock myself.
Cut chicken boneless into smallest pieces. You can hammer it too. Put it into a bowl.
Add a teaspoon of vinegar, a teaspoon of soy sauce, salt, black pepper, white pepper, and a pinch of crushed red peppers (optional). I like it a little spicy so I add red peppers. It is totally fine to skip if you don’t eat too much spicy food. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch and a teaspoon of oil. Mix everything in the chicken and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
Now the rest of the process is pretty quick.
Stir-fry chicken in 2 to 3 tbsp. of vegetable oil. When chicken is done in about 5 to 7 minutes, add corns (I drain corns can water- you can add water if you like or else you can blend it a little and then add. It is totally a personal preference).
Stir fry a little more and add chicken stock thoroughly drained. Add whole green jalapeno peppers without any cut. Add all spices, salt and peppers, vinegar, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Let it come to boil.
Now add cornstarch mixed in water. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. Gradually add in a soup pot and stir continuously. Soup pot should be on medium flame (heat). Stir cautiously so the soup does not become lumpy. Adjust soup thickness as per your taste.
Now add two beaten eggs (you can skip egg yolks if you prefer to avoid yolks because of health concerns).
Constantly mix egg mixture while pouring down in the soup pot with the help of a fork. So that eggs are spread evenly.
Let everything cooks well and serve hot.
Preparation time is 30 mins excluding chicken stock preparation and marinade time. You can prepare stock and marination ahead of time. This quantity is going to serve about 9 people.
This is my favorite soup. Comment and let me know if you like the recipe. Hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do.
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