Tag: candy

Donating leftover Halloween candy, and other ways to get it out of the house.

This is a favorite post of ours, republished. Hope it helps! Every Halloween, one of the biggest questions we get from readers is what to do with the leftover Halloween Candy. Should you for some bizarre reason not want to eat every single bit of sugar your kids brought into the house this week, here are some of our favorite ideas from past posts: What to do with extra Halloween candy – ideas include donating to troops and selling back to a dentist. 6 places to donate extra Halloween candy – from shelters to churches to local toy stores that will donate it for...

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Yummy recipes using leftover Halloween candy. On the outside chance you have any.

If you’re like me, you’re going to wake up in the morning with a sugar hangover, wondering just what the heck to do with all those leftover Halloween candies. Hit our archives and check out our post on 10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy on the outside chance you have actual Butterfingers or Snickers leftover. But hey, even Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers find a second use here. If not for very long. Happy Halloween...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide for parents: costumes, treats, pumpkins, printables and more.

We have featured so many helpful posts lately on Halloween treats, tricks, costumes and beyond, we wanted to put them all in one place. After all, we can’t be the only ones who still have plenty to do–or uh, haven’t gotten started?–when it comes to Halloween. Good luck out there! Last-Minute Halloween Costume Help 5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for babies Easy geeky Halloween costumes Halloween costume ideas for moms and new babies Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes that just require onesies DIY cardboard Halloween costumes The perfect...

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Cool pumpkin decorating idea: Use candy!

We are T minus less than a week to Halloween, which means the pumpkin carving and decorating can begin! (I tend not to carve too early or we end up with saggy pumpkin eyes and mouths by the 31st.) So I love this idea which looks great and can save you a little time.    At the Food Network website, they have a bunch of ideas on how to decorate pumpkins with candy, but I happen to like the ones that my six-year-old can help me do without professional stylists. It’s pretty easy: Cut a mouth, then use toothpicks to secure...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these daily.  1. Great list of nut-free Halloween candies you can find in any store. 2. Want these shoes. Need these shoes. Will someone please buy us these shoes?  3. Some especially lovely baby gifts just out.  4. Awesome gift for science geeks.  5. Words all parents should relate...

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8 healthier Halloween candies for trick-or-treaters (no, not carrot sticks)

Though I always complain about the full-to-bursting sacks of candy my kids bring home on Halloween night, they just wouldn’t be as excited by carrot sticks and apple slices. With that in mind, I try to buy treats from companies who take great care to make yummy things with better ingredients and no artificial dyes or fake flavors.  Fortunately, a lot of these higher-quality treats can be found on the shelves of your local stores, like Whole Foods and Target, making it even easier to stock up in this week before the big day. But hurry–we all know the...

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5 tips for making Halloween safer for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies

With some of our own kids at Cool Mom Picks grappling with peanut and tree nut allergies that range from mild to life-threatening, we really have a heightened awareness of making Halloween fun and safe for all kids. If you don’t have children with allergies yourself, but want to make sure classroom friends and neighborhood kids are in good hands with you on Halloween, here are some helpful tips. (Note: This post has been updated for 2015.) Related: Allergy free Halloween treat recipes and great tips for keeping things safe   1. Read the labels: Even for things you’re not expecting...

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6 pumpkin-inspired sweets you can serve up without lifting a finger

Last week we talked apple treats, and this week it’s pumpkin time. You’re picking pumpkins this year, right? If only from the grocery store? Now all you have to do is seed, peel, and cube your pumpkin. Then roast and puree the pumpkin flesh and we’re almost ready to start. You have homemade pie crust ready, right? Heh. You were getting worried there, admit it. We’d never put you through all that. These six pumpkin-inspired sweets do not call for hours in the kitchen. In fact, they don’t even require a recipe. Hold on to your gourds, cool moms: you...

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Crack open a coffin of gourmet Halloween chocolates. This one’s just for the grown-ups.

Most of the Halloween candy I eat is pilfered from my kids’ bags when they aren’t looking. But if you’d like to give–or get–some chocolate treats that are much more grown up than snack-sized bars, check out what we’ve unearthed for Halloween from chocolatiers L.A. Burdick. L.A. Burdick’s limited-edition Coffin Assortment is stuffed with an array of bonbons as well as friendly ghosts filled with hazelnut and dark chocolate ganache. The black coffin-shaped box makes this a perfect hostess gift to bring to that awesome Halloween party down the street. Or maybe you’ve been a very good goblin this...

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You got organic peanut butter in my chocolate!

Well, wasn’t I delighted to walk into my local bodega and see a brand new treat from Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter staring back at me from the counter. Okay, my thighs weren’t delighted, but I sure was. Move over Reese’s: I love you but I’m happy to spend a little more to trade up to Justin’s Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I had to do a taste test between the milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions (I know, cry for me) and it’s a toss-up. The milk chocolate has that more familiar American candy bar flavor, but zomg the dark...

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Delicious chocolatey awesomeness that tastes way better than it might sound

Magic Chunks are delicious, all-natural, wheat-free, and sometimes dairy-free. And my kids and I love them. Pull up a chunk and let me tell you why. [Don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!]   Magic Chunks happened quite by accident, when Nutty Steph’s Vermont-made granola just wouldn’t get crunchy enough, thanks to an unusual batch of maple syrup. Now, each slightly more than bite-sized cube includes thick-rolled oats, Vermont maple syrup, rich dark Equadorian chocolate, nuts, and a mixture of seeds, spices, and oils–all locally sourced except for that chocolate. And hey, no one cares about the crunch...

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Pretty pink chocolate bunnies, with no icky artificial dyes

Chocolate is delicious, but brown can get so blah during a pastel-pretty holiday. These all-natural bunnies are a great way to think pink without downing a single drop of dye. Our pals at Nutty Steph’s have crafted a line of yummy bunnies just perfect for the Easter basket or springtime snacking, but they’ve left out one very important ingredient: that pesky, possibly cancerous red dye that makes my kids act completely deranged. Hurrah! The Pink Chocolate Bunny is finely crafted of white chocolate with just a dab of peppermint and freeze-dried raspberry dust, which results in a lovely, natural...

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What to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)

Every year at this time, I get lured into buying way-too-many packages of those brightly colored Easter Peeps. And though I have no problem consuming sugar, even I can only eat a few of them before I get the jitters.  So, I’ve pulled together some adorable—and easy—Easter crafts that use Peeps for some sweet decorations this month.   This centerpiece idea from La Jolla Mom (above) just screams “Easter” and is so simple to create. I love how the yellow Peeps bunnies look with sunny chrysanthemums, though you could chose to do multi-colored bunnies around an assortment of flowers too.  ...

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A Passover craft idea that you can eat when you’re done. How’s that for easy clean-up?

It’s just a few days until Passover, and this awesomely clever craft idea offers one fun way to get the kids excited. Besides promising them matzoh sandwiches in their lunch for a week.   We love this Passover Matzoh House found at Epicurious. A take on the non-denominational and universally beloved gingerbread house, it’s not all that hard, and Kosher as you want to be. You pretty much just need 5 sheets of matzoh (I’d say more because I tend to break them), peanut butter if that’s cool by your family, and those Kosher for Passover candies that kids have grown...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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What’s the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? Where do we start!

Macarons are all the rage these days, and certainly not to be confused with those big coconut things that one eats at Passover and generally stay in your stomach until oh, June. The difference is, macarons are melt-in-your-mouth delicious French almond cookie sandwiches in gorgeous colors and exotic flavors. Now that we’ve settled that, if you’re ready to try macarons (not macaroons) we’ve got the perfect way to do it, with a smaller size and a smaller price. For ages I’ve been a crazy groupie of Richart, some of the best chocolate on the planet, all packaged with gift-ready...

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5 little things you can do to make better food choices with your family

We’re excited to be sharing our favorite tips on behalf of our super awesome sponsor UNREAL Candy. Plus? We’re excited to give away a $500 gift card to one of you, with a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree. Seriously. With the new year here we know we’re not the only ones thinking about how make better food choices–not just for us, but for our kids. Of course we know that we’re not going do a 180 overnight with our eating habits (boy, we love our Sunday pancakes), but there are some pretty simple changes that can really add...

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Sugar Wish: a last-minute gift that’s super sweet

I love candy. But being a bit of a candy connoisseur, I’m very particular about my sugar. Personally, I like a combination of sweet and sour, with just the right amount of gummy. But it’s hard to know what will delight someone’s particular sweet tooth, you know? That’s why Sugar Wish is such a cool way to give sweets to your favorite sweeties. When you gift a Sugar Wish, you choose a recipient and a box size. You write a sweet message (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) and then, boom, your friend’s inbox lights up. He then gets to...

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Cinnamon candies! Pear + clove candies! Bergamot candies! Papabubble…you’re killing me

While there’s no shortage of ideas for food gifts around the holidays (we even have six of them you can make yourself, in our Holiday Gift Guide), here’s one more I absolutely adore. But no, you can’t make them yourself. And that’s okay. If you’re not familiar with the spectacular handmade candies from Papabubble, they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen–or tasted–before. All handmade,rolled, stretched, cut and packaged right in their NYC shop, when these gorgeous creations are packaged in little bags or 20g jars they make the most perfect gifts for friends and family you’re dropping in on all winter...

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Christmas gifts that kids can make themselves (really!)

It’s a tradition around our house that my kids give handmade gifts (made by their hands!) to their siblings and grandparents. But coming up with new ideas–especially ones that don’t require me to be the one doing all the work–can be a challenge. If you love giving handmade gifts as much as we do–or want to start a tradition like our family’s–then here’s a plethora of cool and crafty gifts that your kids really can make themselves. Pinky swear. For those of you with little artists, just imagine the possibilities with these DIY modern art plates. Perfect for young scribblers...

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