Part thrill, part nightmare, the Christmas season is making an earlier appearance than ever with the abundant limited-edition, peppermint-flavored sweets filling grocery store shelves. We raided the aisles to bring you the very worst and best of the holiday-themed candies, cookies, chocolates, and more. As a bonus, we'll even show you the best way to eat all of the treats together at once, in GIF form. May your Christmas be sweet and your pantry peppered with only the most delicious mint-flavored treats!
Like many, Peeps played an integral part in the Easter celebrations of my youth. Almost too cute to eat and with a pleasantly spongy texture punctuated by a dense and crackly coating of sugar, they were the treat I yearned for year round. So it was a touch bittersweet to discover a few years back that Just Born (the Peeps parent company) had decided to spawn seasonal sweets for nearly any occasion. Sure, I could get my fix at a moment's notice, but as with many treats with a limited season, when their availability escalated, their sparkle diminished.
Given my aforementioned feelings, I was a bit unsure how to feel about these spiced gingerbread men. Would they be a welcome addition to the chubby chick and cheery bunny fold, or would they fall flat? Moreover, would Peeps translate well beyond the classic vanilla flavor?
Cute isn't often a descriptor paired with Thanksgiving turkey, but these turkey gobbler cookies are undeniably adorable, breaking from the trend. Inspired by Seventh House on the Left's ingenious design, we made a flock of birds ourselves; watch the video to see how easy they are to assemble, and then get to crafting.
Did you catch Thor's return to theaters in Thor: The Dark World? To celebrate, we're making party-favor-ready minihammers in honor of his trusty weapon, Mjölnir. Salty, sweet, and just plain fun, these hammers take chocolate-dipped pretzels to the next level. Watch the video to see how easy they are to make, sparkly metallic glaze and all.
If you've ever been puzzled by your capacity to devour a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels, then you're in good company. Sweet, salty, and oh-so-delightfully crunchable, this indulgent snack is pretty hard to beat when done right. But is Snyder's limited-edition line of Pretzel Dips ($4 each) up to snuff? Keep reading to find out.
The frenzy of Halloween indulgence has come and gone, and between office-party punch and sweet treats, you're nursing one huge sugar hangover. One thing's for sure: leftover Halloween candy has got to go! If that candy corn and those Snickers were originally destined for the garbage, then consider some other uses that won't make you feel as though you're sending your money along with it. Here are nine better ways to use up uneaten candy that won't make you feel ghoulish.
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We scoured the web looking for enticing and novel uses of drugstore candy bars, perfect for using all that Halloween candy that's left behind. But be warned: these treats aren't messing around. Side effects of flipping through this roundup may include hunger pangs, nostalgia, and an overwhelming impulse to head to the nearest corner store and snap up excessive quantities of candy.
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While the obvious solution to using up leftover Halloween candy would be to eat it, there's only so much one can devour before boredom sets in and that bowl of candy looks more menacing than inviting. It's tempting to cast these sweets away into a cupboard or toss them out, but hear us out. Instead, watch the video for three creative (and simple) ways to elevate these treats into candy-studded desserts. Then, get the recipes.
If you're up to your ears in leftover candy corn, we have a sweet, salty, and Halloween-appropriate solution: pretzel and candy corn chocolate bark. It may seem intimidating to make, but it's a great place to start for those new to crafting confections as the technique is fairly simple. Essentially, you melt chocolate, spread it thinly on a baking sheet, sprinkle on the toppings, allow it to set, then break it into pieces.
For the best results, try your hand at tempering the chocolate. While the process is a bit fussy, it's completely doable, provided you arm yourself with a trusty candy thermometer and a bit of patience. And this step is crucial if ultraglossy, snappy chocolate bark is what you're after. Fuss-free more your style? Try candy melts. While not exactly the same, they'll harden up glossy without the extra steps. Either way you'll want to try the salty-sweet recipe.
If you haven't yet gobbled up every last peanut butter cup from your Halloween candy stash, listen up. Normally we wouldn't bother fussing with perfection — eaten out of hand, Reese's iconic candy is near-unbeatable — but, here it's worth making an exception.
First, chop them up into little nuggets of peanut butter-chocolate bliss. (Be kind to yourself and chop one extra for snacking.) Next, fold the whole lot into salty, butter-rich blondie batter, and let it all marry under the oven's heat.
Let them cool, then slice the slab of blondies into bite-size pieces. Chewy, tender, and salty-sweet, these darlings won't last long; you've been warned.