Halloween is over for another year, and your house is presumably absolutely full to the gunnels with sweets, chocolate, monkey nuts, and tangerines. The tragic news is that, as much as you don’t want to, you’re going to get sick of all that food at some point. Why not use it all up in an “eat your heart out, Paul Hollywood” style bake that the whole family can enjoy? We’ve got some ideas to use up all that Halloween chocolate before you start getting inundated with the Christmas stuff!
Everyone gets handfuls of peanuts at Halloween, and very rarely do the kids want to actually eat them because they’re not covered in something sweet. The humble monkey nut has all manner of culinary uses, and it is surprisingly easy to make delicious – and often sweet – treats using them. Peanuts are one of the traditional ingredients used in brittle, a hard confectionary that is “broken” like toffee, and the nut pairs well with chocolate, so it’s ideal if you’re planning on making small chocolates. The best thing to do is make your own peanut butter – it’s a lot easier than it sounds! From there? Homemade peanut butter cups. Ooooh.
Some people struggle with tangerines at Halloween. It’s supposed to be trick or treat, not trick or one of your five a day, right? There’s nothing wrong with tangerines – they’re a sweet little fruit, and you’d be surprised at the number of things they can be used for! If you get landed with an entire drawer full of the manderin-adjacent fruit, you might consider making a nice honey and tangerine marmalade, and candy the remaining peel for a lovely sweet snack. There’s nothing better than a bit of cake though, and there isn’t a single citrus fruit that can’t be easily translated into a stunning, sweet, and sharp drizzle cake.
Sweets and Confectionary
Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Haribos, mini Mars bars, Snickers, Twixes and little bags of Maltesers? If there ever was a reason to venture out on a dark and stormy Halloween night in costume, it’s for these little beauties. But what do you do with the leftovers – assuming you’re the kind of one-in-a-million individual who doesn’t just eat all of the sweeties in one go? The only answer as far as we’re concerned is to turn them into some kind of incredible frankencake. Parma Violet cheesecake is presumably the dish that will be awaiting us when we reach the Kingdom of Heaven; grown-ups may prefer to use their floral sweeties to make a small libation instead. You don’t need Prue Leith on hand to make these Mars bar squares, but those who like a bit of a culinary challenge might want to try a Maltesers pouring cake instead. Alternatively, just eat them. It takes slightly less effort.