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Get creative and use up that Halloween candy!

If you bought enough mini chocolate bars and bags of chips to feed the entire neighbourhood but had a lackluster turn out on Halloween, never fear. Here are 15 creative ideas for utilizing your leftover treats when you can no longer pawn off them off on your co-workers.

1. Make Movember tootsie roll ‘stache pops!

2. Melt Peppermint patties or caramels into coffee for a quick mint / caramel mocha.

3. Chop up mini chocolate bars for an ice cream topper, addition to trail mix, or a decadent pancake filler.

4. Press peanut butter cups into sugar cookies or brownies or mix into Rice Krispie squares

5. Donate it to community centers in your area.

6. Make a mosaic. The bright colours and shapes of candy corn, nibs, and smarties make them great art supplies.

7. Make your own candy infused popcorn balls.

You’ll need: 8 cups popcorn, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup honey, 1/3 c water, 1 T butter, ½ t salt, 1 t vanilla, 1 cup gummy candies of your choice, and 1 cup chocolate candies of your choice. In saucepan, bring sugar, honey, water, butter, salt to a boil. Stir till sugar dissolves. Cook without stirring for 10 minutes or till it forms rigid when dropped into cold water. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, and pour mixture over popcorn. Stir in candy. Form into 2 inch balls. Let cool on baking sheet.

8. Make a paper mache piñata.

You’ll need: A large balloon, newspaper strips, flour and water paper mache paste, a big bowl, colourful tissue paper, glue. Lay out lots of newspaper on your work surface. Blow up the balloon and tie it closed. Tear newspaper into strips about 1 x 6 inches. Make your paper mache paste by mixing 1 part flour with 2 parts water in a big bowl. Dip the newspaper strips into the paste, and begin coating the balloon with them. Cover it and let it dry completely. Repeat two more times, allowing each layer to dry completely.

Once finished, decorate your piñata using different coloured 3 inch squares of tissue paper. Spread glue on your piñata, and stick the squares into the glue by the middle, so the corners stick up. Repeat till the piñata is covered.After it’s dry, use a utility knife to cut a trap door near the top. Make two vertical cuts 3 inches apart, and connect them with one horizontal cut to make a flap. Fold back, fill with candy! To hang, punch 4 holes at each corner of the trap door and thread a piece of string through each hole and tie at the top.

9. Make an edible centerpiece.

You’ll need: Barbeque skewers, Styrofoam ball, opaque vase or pot, artificial leaves, flowers and any other filler decor you like. Cut skewers into varying heights to add dimension to your candy bouquet. Hot glue each skewer to a piece of candy. Set aside. Place a Styrofoam ball into an opaque vase or pot. Stick skewers into the Styrofoam ball, starting along the edge and working inward. Fill in spaces with artificial leaves, flowers, or twirly pipe cleaners and ribbon.

10. Incorporate into gift baskets or treat bags for stockings.

11. String onto garland with popcorn or cranberries.

12. Make a candy wreath. This works especially well with hard candies or tootsies rolls, because the little wrapper ends can be tied directly to a wreath form. You can use a wreathe ring, or a straightened out coat hanger bent into a circle and twisted together at the end. Using thread, tie each piece of candy around the form until it is full. You can also incorporate some holly or garland or bows if desired.

13. Make a ginger bread house. Swedish berries make good shrubs, Smarties can be used for cobblestones, and licorice for siding. The sky’s the limit!

14. Make an advent calendar. The countdown to Christmas just isn’t the same without an advent calendar. Check out our roundup of 5 different DIY advent calendars you can do. Felt pockets or matchbook tree are ideal for stashing mini chocolate bars.

15. Make mini cornucopia place markers for holiday dinner parties. Fill sugar cones with a mix of candy corn, caramels and other candies and lay next to each table setting.

Photos by Ben+Sam, Kate Tomlinson, monikomad and thedaisychick,  via Flickr

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