Halloween Hangover

Nov
8

Post by community member:

Halloween is over, but the candy lingers…

I heard on the radio that for every 2 candy pieces the kids bring home, the parent will eat 1 of them. We’ll call it “Trick or Treating Tax”. Thankfully, I have only succumbed to this once so far. A snack bag of M&Ms. I still feel guilty. I stole candy from a baby. I stole candy from my baby.

So what to do with it? On November 1st, the Arizona Republic suggested several stomach churning recipes.

The most horrifyingPizza Toppings:

Just as you can use any number of leftovers in a stew, the perfect vehicle for leftover Halloween treats is the candy pie. Gather these ingredients: 12-inch pizza crust, 2 (12-ounce) bags of white-chocolate chips and your leftover candy. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake the pizza crust on a non-stick sheet for 8 to 12 minutes until crust is just golden brown. As it cools, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Use a power-level setting of 3 on your microwave for 2 minutes at a time, stirring at each interval. Once it’s melted, spread the chocolate over the pizza crust like a sauce. Top it with chunks of your leftovers, or stick to candy that comes in convenient pizza-topping shape – Skittles, Life Savers or Good and Plenty, for example.

The funniest suggestion — Kindling:

Much of this candy is made of chemicals that are hard to pronounce but, we’re guessing, ultra-cool to burn. In your controlled fireplace, see how a Milk Dud or Smartie reacts to intense heat.

That’s right, the newspaper said to burn it. (Is the AZ Republic still owned by the Quayles? There is an outdated joke in here somewhere.)

Anyway, what to do with the candy in my house? Since my little one is having his 2-year birthday party this weekend, I plan on dumping most of it on the fellow party-goers. Farm Bell member, Rachel, suggested “Candy in a Haystack” as a game. She rocks.

As for me, I will be curing my Halloween Hangover with lots and lots of lettuce. The garden is going full-speed ahead with this season’s produce.

Yeah, I know, the seasons are backwards for me. But it does get cold here. Just this morning it hit 75 degrees and I had to go pull out my jacket! [Laree shivers]

Is that a bean?! WOOO HOOO! Bring it, winter!


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Comments

  1. robin says:

    That’s funny that the Halloween candy led into the garden story, because one of my grandkid’s went out to the garden and planted some Skittles. He actually thinks they’re going to grow into full size bags of candy. I’m not going to burst his bubble !!

  2. Helen says:

    Is candy corn actually edible? 😉

  3. Rachel says:

    Aw I love shout outs! Glad the haystack game went over 🙂 I am so jealous of fresh lettuce. I’m already noticing how BADLY we eat now that the gardens are all dead for the winter. I think I’m going to pull out the stack of 30-something old windows we have in a shed and just go ahead and throw together a quick green house so that, while I cant have lettuce ALL winter, at least I can have it for longer. Have some fresh salad for me.

  4. whaledancer says:

    It’s nice to hear from someone else living in the land of upside-down seasons. While the other gardeners are battening down for winter, here in SoCal it’s time to plant and weed. Every time it rains the weeds come up like a green carpet. The New Zealand spinach seedlings are so thick they look like the alfalfa sprouts you buy at the store (and one plant will take over the yard). It’s like kudzu.

    I haven’t put in a garden, but I have volunteer zucchini and crookneck coming up that I’m being nice to. And I have a celery plant that I’m growing from the bottom, as someone posted here (I don’t remember who and I can’t find it now, of course).

  5. Larissa says:

    I think Suzanne posted the celery tip. I have 3 planted in the garden now, and another 3 on my counter, all about 4 inches tall. It totally rocks, because with the backwards seasons, growing celery from seed took too long, and the stalks got suuuuuuuper spicy.

  6. Rachel says:

    I grow my celery from seed… I like it strong. But, I’m sure with the cooler temps and oodles of water here the flavor is totally different.

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