Wednesday, November 11, 2009

'Tis the season ...

... for good candy clearance deals! I got to go out by myself for a few hours tonight, and I ended up at Dollar Tree. They had their Halloween candy 75% off ($0.25/5-oz bag), and I got all they had of the round "eyeball" chocolate candies. While I wouldn't serve these candies with the eyeball wrappers still on them, I've discovered they make wonderful Christmas candies -- once they're properly handled. ;)

I spread a cookie sheet with waffle pretzels (or just minis if you can't find the waffle variety), add one of these chocolates to each, then put them in a 200-degree oven for about 3-5 minutes. The chocolates have to be soft when you pull them out, so you may need to adjust that time a little bit. Once you pull them out, you smoosh the rounded chocolates into the pretzels with an M&M. Put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes and they harden right up. These are so yummy I don't dare make more than I'm willing to eat in one day!

Last year, I found some caramel-filled round chocolates, and I used those. If you smoosh them down with a pecan half, they are awesome!! They taste something like turtle candies, but they're loads cheaper. (Of course, someone gave us several pounds of pecan halves last year for Harvest Home. I put them in the freezer and still have plenty for this year.)

I got almost 5 pounds of those chocolate candies tonight. Now I'm in the process of unwrapping them and placing them in Ziploc baggies until I make the candy. It's a lot easier to unwrap them beforehand, especially when you're doing activities that don't require your hands.

Oh, and in case you're wondering if they taste like "cheap chocolate," they don't when you make the candy. That's the beauty of it! You'll notice a taste difference if you eat them outright, but not when you make the candies. Of course, if you're like me, you'll occasionally get a craving for cheap chocolate.

I had to stop by Wal-Mart for diapers (we use their brand), so I checked out their Halloween clearance. I was hoping for candy, but it was very picked over since they had just put the Halloween merchandise to 90% off today.

BUT I did think to peek at the costumes for dress-up play outfits, and I found one for my son (a military costume since he loves to play Army), one for a nephew (a firefighter costume), and several for photo "props" when I photograph little ones (a bee, little pumpkin and fairy wings). The most expensive costume I bought was $1.40. My son will be thrilled!

Of course, there are lots of disgusting costumes, but I was excited to find some "normal" ones in the bunch!

Do you have any favorite things to do with clearanced Halloween candy?


KarenAnn said...

I'm very interested in this method of making candies. I love chocolate turtles, so I envision making these with Rolo candies and pecans. The plain chocolate pressed with M&Ms sound delicious too. I have made dipped pretzels in the past, but I like this idea better. Thank you Sophia for this quick-candy addition to my Christmas baking list!

Sophia said...

Yes, I'm pretty sure I've made them with Rolos in the past.

The plain chocolate ones taste very much like dipped pretzels. It's just LOTS easier! :)

I'm glad it gave you some ideas!