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5 Recipes to Make With Your Extra Halloween Candy

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There’s no such thing as too much candy on Halloween, but come November you may be looking for new ways to make a dent in your haul. These recipes call for several different types of candy, and some could even pass as party snacks once the holidays roll around. Here are five creative ways to make use of your leftovers.

1. THE ULTIMATE CANDY BARK

The beauty of candy bark is that it works as a base for nearly any type of candy you can think of. Start by melting 1.5 pounds of white chocolate together with 2 teaspoons of butter. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with greased foil and sprinkle it with whatever broken up bits of candy you have around. You can add Peeps, gummy candies, and even more chocolate. This is also a great application for any bags of peanuts or pretzels that may have gone ignored since Halloween. After the bark is left out to cool for about an hour, it’s ready to be broken up and enjoyed.

2. MINI MUG BROWNIE

Next time you’re overcome by late night chocolate cravings, use your leftover candy to whip up this decadent mug brownie. Stir together 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt in a mug. Next, stir in 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of milk, coffee, or water until you have a thick paste. Now you can add any candy bits you want, like marshmallows or Peanut Chews. Microwave on high for 1 minute and dig in. 

3. SWEET AND SPICY SNACK MIX

Shake up the traditional party mix recipe by combining spicy Hot Tamales with fruity Mike and Ikes. After adding a salty base like pretzels, feel free to toss in any chewy, chocolatey, or crunchy candies your heart may desire.

4. MONSTER TREATS

Even after Halloween has passed, there’s nothing stopping you from making something spooky with your extra candy. When making Rice Krispies treats, try molding your mixture into fun shapes and dipping them in melted milk chocolate. Transform them into “monsters” by creating one (or multiple) eyes using a white chocolate melt and and a chocolate chip pupil. 

5. POPCORN BALLS

The addition of some Halloween candy to this recipe might actually get you more excited to make popcorn balls. Pour 1/4 cup of melted butter over 8 cups of popcorn in a large bowl. Stir in one package of melted Peeps and toss in any other candies you have laying around (Hot Tamales would give them some spice, like those cinnamon popcorn balls from your days wandering the mall). Use greased, heatproof gloves to roll the mixture into balls and allow them to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature. 

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Former NECCO CEO Has a Plan to Save the Company

It’s been a month of ups and downs for fans of candy company NECCO and its iconic sugary Wafers. In March, The Boston Globe reported the company is in desperate need of a buyer and that CEO Michael McGee notified the state of Massachusetts that most of their employees—around 395 of them—would likely face layoffs if a suitor isn't found by May.

That news caused a bit of a panic among candy lovers, who stormed CandyStore.com to hoard packs and packs of NECCO Wafers, should the company go under. In the weeks since the news about NECCO’s uncertain fate hit, sales of the company's products went up by 82 percent, with the Wafers alone increasing by 150 percent.

Seeing the reaction and knowing there is still plenty of space in the market for the venerable NECCO Wafers, the company’s former CEO, Al Gulachenski, reached out to CandyStore.com to lay out his plan to save the brand—most notably the Wafers and Sweethearts products.

The most important part of the plan is the money he’ll need to raise. Gulachenski is set to raise $5 to $10 million privately, and he’s creating a GoFundMe campaign for $20 million more to get his plan into motion. Once the funding is secure, the company will move to a new factory in Massachusetts that allows them to retain key executives and as many other employees as they can.

“I can promise you that if you donate you will own a piece of NECCO as I will issue shares to everyone that contributes money,” Gulachenski wrote on the GoFundMe page. “This company has been in our back yard for 170 years and it's time we own it.”

Gulachenski also elaborated that, as of now, there is another buyer interested in NECCO, but that buyer “is planning to liquidate the company, fire all the employees and close the doors of NECCO forever!”

So far, Gulachenski has raised only $565 of the $20 million needed. “I know it seems like a long way to go but I do expect some institutions to jump on board and get us most of the way there,” Gulachenski wrote in a GoFundMe update. “It is also likely we can get most of the company if we get to half of our goal.”

There is still a bit of a sour taste for candy fans to swallow, even if NECCO does get saved. According to Gulachenski, the Wafers and the Sweethearts may be the only products that the reorganized NECCO continues with. This could leave lovers of the company's other candies, like Clark Bars and Sky Bars, out in the cold.

“The sugar component Necco Wafer and Sweetheart is certainly the most nostalgic and recognizable brand, more than the chocolate,” Gulachenski told The Boston Globe. “It’s all going to depend how they decide to sell the company and liquidate.”

While you can still order the Wafers in bulk from Candystore.com, the site itself even says it has no idea when or if shipments will stop coming, especially as NECCO's future remains uncertain.

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People Are Panic-Buying Necco Wafers Before They Disappear From Shelves
Mike Mozart, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Mike Mozart, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

The sugar wafers everybody loves to hate may not hold their spot on candy shelves for much longer. Necco is in need of a buyer, and according to CEO Michael McGee, the candy company may need to shutter for good if it doesn't find one within the coming weeks. As a result of the company's threatened status, Necco Wafers are suddenly a lot more popular, as the graph below from Candystore.com reveals.

News of the New England Confectionary Company's situation spread on March 12 when The Boston Globe reported McGee's announcement. That same day, Necco Wafer sales spiked more than 50 percent on CandyStore.com. Over the course of the month, sales of the candy rose 63 percent overall.

Necco Wafers Panic Buying from CandyStore.com

For any other candy, this sort of "panic-buying" wouldn't be surprising. If a beloved product looks like it might be taken off the market, people will hoard as much of it as they can while it's still available. But Necco Wafers aren't typically characterized as "beloved." In an earlier list of the best and worst Halloween candy published by Candystore.com, Necco Wafers ranked the fourth worst. Commenters compared the candy to both chalk and Tums, with one hater even declaring that, "Necco Wafers suck all moisture out of my mouth and all joy out of my soul."

Though they may not be the flashiest or tastiest candy, Necco Wafers do strike a nostalgia nerve in some buyers. Necco is the oldest continuously operating candymaker in the U.S., dating back to 1847. "It is a love/hate type of candy and people are super passionate about it," Clair Robins of Candystore.com tells Mental Floss. "They are perceived as an old-school classic, and even patriotic—soldiers ate them in the World Wars (both). But others think it's dry and gross and should die a painful death."

If Necco goes under, its signature wafer won't be the only product to go with it. The company also produces Clark Bars, Sky Bars, Mary Janes, Candy Buttons, and Sweethearts, so stock up on these classic candies while you still can.

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