Once Valentine’s Day is over and all is said and done, I still find myself with a plethora of extra leftover candy. Now yes, I could grab a glass of wine, and plop down on my couch and consume what is left night after night. Or I could simply re-gift it to a fellow candyholic. However I was in a creative (well, as creative as I can get, you all know I’m not that crafty ) mood today and decided to do something with the candy!
Now normally in the past when I’ve had chocolate I didn’t want to just straight eat, I would chop it up and melt it to use in various recipes. I would use it in brownies, or drizzle on ice cream, or every use it in my cakes. Though considering I just finished chopping a ton of fruit for a fruit salad, I wasn’t quite in the mood to chop anymore.
Of course if you have candy conversation hearts, you can pick up some shellac, spray them, and use them for various craft projects! You can use them to decorate a Valentine’s Day photo frame for next year, or hot glue them to jewelry for your child to wear the following the year!
Another idea I saw on Pinterest was using chocolates as “ice cubes” in your milk! Sure they won’t make it colder, but it will certainly make your milk more chocolately!
Now what did I do with the candy? Quite simple. I used them to bake cookies this afternoon! Now you simply create or sugar cookie batter, or in my case, pick up a patch of sugar cookie dough at my local grocery store. Then when I place the dough for individual cookies on the baking sheet, I place a piece of Valentine’s Day candy on top. Now remember, you can also “hide” candy inside the cookie for a nice surprise! Just sandwich the candy between two uncooked cookies before baking.
Follow your dough’s baking directions and enjoy! Now because the chocolate melted, these aren’t exactly the most attractive cookies. However, we baked these for my mom and she doesn’t mind!
Do you have any leftover Valentine’s candy?
What do you plan to do with it? I’d love to hear more suggestions!
Your cookies are a great idea. I’m sure to have some leftover chocolates!
Ugh! good thing we don’t celebrate valentines day, then i don’t have to worry about left over sweets hehehe. Anyway those are great ideas you got there.
Wow! I would have never thought of that! I would totally hide it in the cookie like you suggested! Thanks!
Jennifer Davis says
I am melting the chocolate and bought pretzel rods and going to make chocolate covered pretzels :)
Kate, aka guavalicious says
We use them in special pancakes… so good!
Love your cookie idea too! We have so much candy around!
Marianne S. says
I like freezing what I can (chocolates especially) since they last in the freezer… then, when you’ve got a hankering for something in the middle of the night, a few seconds in the microwave and you’ve got a nice warm treat.
Candy doesn’t last too long in our house… my husband is Cookie Monster’s older brother, Candy Monster. He literally devours anything sweet we have around… lol
You’ve got some great ideas I might have to suggest to my mom, who always manages to keep candy around.
sharon martin says
I only got one box of chocs so haven’t had that problem this year, but usually the kids help me eat them. I love the idea of melting the chocs for cooking purposes.
I chop them up and add them to cookies or use them as ice cream toppings. Yum!
Amber K says
Fantastic idea! I’m so trying this before the rest of the candy disappears.
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
Oh yum! I usually make cake mix cookie bars with leftover Halloween candy but haven’t thought to try it with Valentine’s candy. This recipe sounds good and looks really easy too. I can’t wait to give it a try!
Samantha K says
Awesome idea! I am baking cookies tomorrow so I am going to add some candy now!
Laura @ Frugal Follies says
Love these great ideas! I once used sugar cookie dough to envelop some Hershey’s Simple Pleasures candies – the candies melted while cooking, but just a little, so they were gooey and chocolatey inside. Yum! I have the recipe on my recipe list on my blog – come by and check it out!