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chopped snickers and Twix

Oh, Halloween. Time for sugary sweets and spooky spiked punch. This haunted holiday makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? Candy trail mix.

chopped snickers and Twix
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Candy Trail Mix
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Mixed Fun Size MARS Variety Pack candy the kind with Twix, Snickers and M&Ms are my favorite
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
Instructions
  1. Blend half of the nuts on high briefly to create some chunky nut powder. Don't go too long, or you'll wind up with nut butter.
  2. Dice candy and mix with nut powder.
  3. Add remaining nuts and dates.

Candy Trail Mix: What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

ground Snickers

Snickers alone are pretty awesome. But there's nothing quite like getting a handful of Snickers, Twix AND M&M's all in one bite. I like to dice up my Halloween treats and make a candy trail mix out of it, so I get a plethora of perfection in every handful.

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Adding the dates makes me feel like I have a legit trail mix as opposed to just a bowl full of candy, and the blended nuts add some texture in there and stick to the cut candy pieces so it doesn't all just become a sticky mess.

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You're probably wondering about the “bloody hand punch” thing, huh? When my sister and I were little, one of our favorite neighborhood parties of the season would feature what we called “bloody hand punch.” Our crafty neighbor would fill a medical glove with Hawaiian Punch (you can get BPA-free gloves on Amazon), then freeze it overnight and set it upright in a bowl of 7UP for her annual #SpookyCelebration party. The hand would slowly melt, looking like it was bleeding its way into the 7UP, and the resulting punch was always a hit.

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Our “bloody hand” wouldn't stand up straight when I gave it a try. I think the trick is to fill the glove completely and freeze it UPRIGHT so it forms a natural base. Also? Don't set this punch outside, lest you want to be beset by bees. Seriously. A sweet concoction of Hawaiian Punch and 7UP is enough to draw even the most reclusive of hornets out of their nest. I'm amazed I managed to snap this photo without being stung. Alas, that's the life of this dedicated blogger – always up for a challenging tackle with nature and a trial taste test of the latest sweet recipes! Such sacrifice, right?

You can get more tasty and crafty Halloween ideas on the Bright Ideas blog or the Spooky Halloween Celebrations Pinterest BoardTell me, how does your family make this holiday their own?