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October 28, 2012

Some ideas on how to use all that leftover Halloween candy

Tonawanda News — We have the best intentions about this time each year. Despite regular warnings about childhood obesity, we all stock up all kinds of assorted confections, from candy corn to Butterfinger, from popcorn balls to lollipops.

Most Halloweens we run out of candy, scrambling to the drug store down the block and grabbing up the last bag of whatever happens to be left — yuck, who wants hard butterscotch candy, anyway? 

But sometimes it’s like crickets out there on Halloween night. Did you forget to turn the porch light on? Has your house gotten a bad reputation as being the one that hands out raisins? 

Sometimes you’re left with a ton of chocolate or individually bagged Skittles come post-Halloween morning. Maybe you’re OK eating all that candy. Maybe the idea of ingesting 50 mini Snickers doesn’t sound all that appealing. 

Here are our suggestions on how to use up all that leftover sugar you might have hanging around at home.

Skittles vodka

If you’ve taken a trip to the local liquor store recently you’ve probably noticed what seems like an entire aisle dedicated to the latest craze: flavored vodka.

For years the selections were fairly limited: Stoli’s line of orange, raspberry and lemon. Aboslute Citron, also lemon-flavored, was another option.

But this is America, darn it! Why should we only have four or five flavors of vodka when we could have dozens?

First it was whipped cream. Then it was a syrup-like ode to the childhood candy Swedish fish or the atomic fireball.

And this time of year, who needs a reminder of candy? Households across America are restocking candy jars with Halloween offerings. And the kids are about to double or triple the stach with their own trick-or-treating.

So you’ve got a whole pile of candy and nothing to do with it? It’s a perfect excuse to double down on the flavored vodka craze and turn a favorite kid-sized treat into a tasty adult beverage.

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