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    >>> this morning on "today's" kitchen hot chef, great ideas for your halloween candy. so your kids scared up way too much candy or you didn't get enough kids coming by and you need to get rid of your leftover stuff, here's some sweet treats. pretty good idea, you got all this candy left over, what are you going to do with it?

    >> who's kidding who? who actually has that much left over.

    >> all my daughters is hiding in my room. this one is for candy corn .

    >> why candy corn ?

    >> it's one of those things that comes around every year.

    >> whether we want it or not.

    >> chalky, delicious, colorful smell to it. this is white chocolate , you spread it in the bottom of a square baking pan .

    >> parchment paper?

    >> par pmechment paper. candy corn is your favorite, with such enthusiasm.

    >> put it in the refrigerator, break it up. as if it wasn't sweet enough.

    >> my favorite, york peppermint pattys.

    >> inns a half a browny mix. put them all in. that goes right on top.

    >> you put more brownies on top.

    >> this is like a york pepperment patty lasagna.

    >> and it spreads and the york pepperment pattys stay intact?

    >> this is a great dessert. snickers, cut them up, put them in the bottom.

    >> these look like the fun size .

    >> they are the fun size .

    >> real fun size would be a five-pound snickers bar .

    >> that's a lot of fun.

    >> and then you put this ice cream right on top. soften it up a little bit. spread it in. pack it in nice and tight, freeze it up.

    >> so you refreeze it?

    >> you freeze it a little bit longer than this. it's melty, but it's really beautiful.

    >> and here's the one, kind of a healthy dessert.

    >> everything's relative, right?

    >> starting with a banana.

    >> starting with october 31st , healthy takes on a new meaning. these are some frozen bananas, stick a popsicle stick in them. coat in chocolate. this is the healthy one.

    >> right.

    >> and put it right on the baking sheet . oh, my gosh. and some chopped up reeces peanut butter cups . back into the freezer. a healthy treat.

    >> and then you've got candy with fruit. so you can say there's something healthy in there. at what point does the candy no longer fresh, or does it stay indefinitely?

    >> i think most of these candies are pretty much for a long time. my husband and i put our face in my daughter's halloween candy and just the mix of all the flavors.

    >> and just stayed there.

    >> just stayed there, you got to love halloween .

    >> our director said that the pumpkin had jack daniels in

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updated 10/29/2010 2:54:24 PM ET 2010-10-29T18:54:24

Recipe: Candy corn and pretzel bark

Ingredients
  • White chocolate
  • Pretzels
  • Candy corn
  • Dried cranberries
Preparation

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang.

Spread 8 oz melted white chocolate in the prepared pan and sprinkle with 1 cup miniature pretzels, ½ cup candy corn, and ½ cup dried cranberries.

Chill until firm.

Remove from pan and break into pieces; serve.

Recipe: York Peppermint Pattie brownies

Ingredients
Preparation

Prepare a 19-oz. box of brownie mix.

Spread half the batter in an oiled 8-inch square pan.

Top with 16 York Miniatures Peppermint Patties (12.6 g each), leaving borders of batter.

Spread remaining batter on top.

Bake according to directions on box.

Cool and cut into 16 squares.

Recipe: Dulce de leche and Snickers terrine

Ingredients
  • 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars
  • 2 pints softened dulce de leche ice cream
Preparation

Line an 8-by-4 ½ inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.

Cut 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars in thirds (17 grams each; about 1 ½ cups total); arrange on bottom of pan.

Top with two pints softened dulce de leche ice cream.

Press gently to settle the ice cream.

Freeze until firm; 6 hours.

Invert onto plate and slice.

Recipe: Frozen Reese's banana pops

Ingredients
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate (melted)
Preparation

Halve 2 bananas crosswise.

Insert a stick into each piece.

Freeze the bananas and 4 Snack Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (21 grams each) for 2 hours.

Chop frozen candy.

Coat frozen bananas in 6 ounces melted chocolate; sprinkle with the candy.

Freeze on a parchment-lined plate until firm.

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