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Ideas for What To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

28 Oct

Save some Halloween Candy to Bake for the Holidays

Sugar Fix: Save some Halloween Candy to Bake for the Holidays

Moms and Dads everywhere are wondering what to do when their kids bring home too much candy.  Why not get creative in the kitchen and put that extra candy to good use?

Here a some great ideas for what to do with all that sugar:

  • Melt bite-sized chocolate candy bars and drizzle on ice cream or sliced strawberries or bananas for a gourmet fondue.
  • Try using extra hard candies (i.e. Peppermints, Skittles, etc.) for a Holiday Gingerbread House family craft project.
  • Crush candy and make a great milkshake (combine chocolates with ice cream and milk and blend).
  • Put chocolate candy in the freezer and pull out later for family movie nights.
  • Crush the chocolate bars into pieces and use for baking cookies and brownies instead of using chips.
  • Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate and roll in pieces of your favorite leftover M&Ms.
  • Check with your dentist; some take donations and send to the troops overseas.

When you are finished baking these great Halloween Candy-inspired treats, package them in our Holly Jolly Gourmet to Go Kits and gift your teachers, friends and family with special treats for a “Holly Jolly” Holiday.

Enjoy!

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares

30 Sep

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Pumpkin Pie Squares from the TSS Staff Kitchen Favorites

Makes 20 bars (Serving size is one bar)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Baking time: 45- 50 minutes

Diabetic Friendly!

The leaves are starting to fall and that can only mean one thing: delicious pumpkin recipes!  One of our graphic designers brought these Pumpkin-Pie Squares in to our test kitchen and they didn’t last long.  The squares are perfect to serve on one of our personalized napkins to add a special touch to a festive fall party. TheStationeryStudio.com has all the party-planning products – from invitations to favor bags. Planning the dessert menu is simple with this recipe:

Crust:

1 cup flour

½ cup quick dried or rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar blend (Splenda)

1 ½ Tablespoons butter, at room temperature

1 Tablespoon canola oil

1 Tablespoon apple juice

Filling:

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 (12 ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk

2 eggs

6 Tablespoons sugar blend for baking (Splenda)

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cloves

Topping:

1 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature

2 Tablespoons brown sugar blend (Splenda)

¼ cup chopped pecans

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, dry oatmeal, and ¼ cup brown sugar blend. With a pastry cutter, blend oil and butter into the dry topping until crumbly. Pour in apple juice and stir with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened.
  2. Spread in a greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar blend for baking, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in the same mixing bowl.
  4. Pour over baked crust. Return to oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Combine 1 Tablespoon butter, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar blend, and pecans. Sprinkle over pumpkin filling. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Pumpkin pie bars will be a hit at any fall holiday party.

Pumpkin pie bars will be a hit at any fall holiday party.

Source: Fix-It and Enjoy-It Diabetic Cookbook

Haunting to Haute: Tips for Planning a Halloween Party

8 Sep

These personalized favor bags make a great "treat" for little goblins at a Halloween party.

These personalized favor bags make a great "treat" for little goblins at any Halloween party.

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. -Shakespeare, “Macbeth”

Don’t be spooked….Halloween is sneaking up fast!  Our experts at The StationeryStudio.com are sharing tips for planning the most haunting bash on the block.  With these tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be sure to win over the neighborhood! (Good candy always helps too!)

Whether it’s a pumpkin-carving bash for kids or a pre-trick-or-treating dinner for family and friends, The Stationery Studio has the best tips for planning the perfect party.  Hosts and hostesses can order personalized Halloween invitations and party supplies for putting together crowd-pleasing Halloween table settings that will be the envy of all.   Now is the time to start ordering your party supplies since invitations should go out at least 2 weeks ahead of time.

  • Pick a theme for your party.  The theme can be a formal dinner party with festive fall trimmings and pumpkin pie or a more casual table, set with fun and trendy personalized supplies.
  • Have a “blast” with color. The orange and chocolate theme works wonderful this time of year.  Nothing says “Halloween” more than a chocolate brownie on an orange plate. Yum!
  • Consider the ages and personalities of the kids you are inviting. What might be a treat for some children can end up being a trick to another.  Make sure there are enough age-appropriate activities  for the kids  – especially for those who may not want to participate in any “scary” fun. For older kids, consider having a pajama party and screening horror movies.  For adults, try getting into the “spirit” with some “witches’ brew” in these fun personalized cups.
  • Prepare easy activities like traditional bobbing for apples, face painting, pumpkin-carving, costume contests and parades.

Here’s a link to our most popular Halloween items sure to make all the little ghosts and goblins in your life very happy.

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Happy Halloween Party Planning!