I'm a non-discriminating candy fan. I love candy of all shapes, tastes, sizes (preferably King), and sugar contents. All in moderation, of course. Clearly, you can understand why Halloween is my poison. I become instantaneously overstimulated. I strategically stay away from the houses and apartments of friends with small children because, well, I may accidentally steal all of their candy, or just eat it on the spot, and then, well, they'll cry because it's all gone. I'm sorry. I just can't help it, I swear.
ANYWAY -- what better way to get amped up for the spooktastic holiday than with a little baking, right? Hell, if you start baking with candy now, you may be less tempted to eat an entire bag of fun-size Snickers in one sitting come October 31. OK, that's probably not true. But why not start the fun a few weeks early?! 'Tis the season to gain a few extra pounds!
Let's celebrate! Gear up for Halloween with these 20 candy-inspired recipes:
1. Halloween peanut butter and toffee candy bark from Bon Appétit
2. Twix cheesecake from Gingerbread Bagels
3. No-bake chocolate Snickers cookies from Pinch of Yum
4. Candy recycler blondies from Salon
5. Nestlé Crunch snowball cookies from Very Best Baking
6. Heath bar cupcakes from My Baking Addiction
7. Peanut butter cup fudge from Got Chocolate
8. Perfect Mr. Goodbar frosting from Food.com
9. S'more cookie bars from Hershey's Kitchens
10. Butterfinger cupcakes from Plain Chicken
11. Chocolate covered Twizzlers from Hand Coding
12. Pumpkin Raisinets cookies from Very Best Baking
13. 3 Musketeers cupcakes from Cookies & Cups
14. Poppin' popcorn brittle with M&M's from brightideas.com
15. Candy corn ice cream from We Are Not Martha
16. Hershey Kiss peanut butter blossom cookies from makebetterfood.com
17. Peanut butter cup cake from The Idea Room
18. Nutty white chocolate blondies from Chow
19. Milky Way balls from about.com
20. Skittles meringues from Real Simple
Instructions: 1. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Slowly add in the sugar, and beat until mixture forms stiff peaks.
2. Drop 2 tablespoon mounds of the mixture onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, and top each mound with 3 or 4 Skittles candies. Bake at 200 degrees for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until dry.
Are you a candy addict, too? You can be honest.
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