Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gobble up the Left Over Candy

We have a pill of Halloween candy lying around here.  A bunch of what we got was chocolate candy and candy that contained String Beane's allergens.  So, Mr. Homegrown and I have been "secretly" eating some when we thought the other wasn't looking.  There are candy wrappers stuffed all over the office and our cars!  Who are we kidding? 

I needed to do something to stop the maddness of the candy.  I saw a couple cute ideas on Pinterest that I decided to morph together.  It worked out great! 

First up was to get rid of some of the candy!  I found this recipe for Candy Bar Shortbread Squares and I gave it a try.  They turned out so good!  I was glad I had a plan to give them away. 


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature (not margarine!)
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups assorted chocolate candies or roughly chopped candy bars (12 ounces)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and salt on medium-high until light and fluffy.
With mixer on low, add flour in three additions
and beat until combined (dough will be crumbly).
Press dough evenly into an 8-inch square baking dish.
Bake until golden brown and firm, 25 to 30 minutes.
Scatter chocolate chips on top of shortbread.
Bake until soft, 1 minute.
With the back of a spoon, spread chocolate evenly over shortbread.
Scatter candies over top and press down gently.
Let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes.
Refrigerate briefly to set chocolate, then cut into 16 bars.

Here is a close up of the yummy goodness.

Now I had to come up a way to get these out of the house without breaking the hearts of three little Beanes.

That is where the cute idea for the Neighborhood Thanksgiving Turkey came in handy.  Click over and grab a free printable of this adorable activity.  My little Beanes liked the idea of a surprise attack on one of our neighbors!

I bagged up the Candy Bar Shortbread in clear bags and tied them off with a green ribbon.  Then I printed off the Neighborhood Turkey printable.  Then, String Beane and I snuck over to our neighbors house when they weren't home and left the treat on their doorstep.
I will love watching all of the Neighborhood Turkeys make their way around our neighborhood. 
This was such a fun activity!  And a great way to dump some of the extra candy.  How do you get rid of your extra Halloween candy?
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  1. Those look so yummy! with 4 kids trick or treating this year are still overwhelmed with candy. but we took all the butterfingers and put the in the food processor and now top our after school smoothies with them! All that fuit and veggies I dont even bat an eye at all the junk the toppings are full of (note: m&ms will melt in a food processor as well milky ways and 3 muskateers)

  2. Yum! Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

  3. Great idea to get rid of that leftover candy without eating it all yourself!

  4. My mouth is watering,from all those yummy pictures! I think I have to cook a small cup cakes after dinner! Thanks for doing all the work to find so many yummy dishes in one place.

  5. Thanks for sharing. I have to try this for my children. Stopping by from the Creative Bloggers Hop. Hope you stop over for a visit. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. What a precious Thanksgiving card and those bars look awesome. Hope you are having a great holiday week end. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. What a nice idea! Thanks so much for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

  8. Such a great idea!

    I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes at Rook No. 17!