Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without candy. Whether you’re planning to go trick-or-treating with your kids, are hosting a Halloween-themed party for family and friends, or are simply a kid at heart, there’s no better way to celebrate this spooky day than with a big bowl of assorted candies. Sure, it’s easy to find many of your favorites in miniature sizes, pre-packaged for handing out to trick-or-treaters, but there are also a number of reasons you may want to make your own at home; whether you’re concerned about preservatives and artificial dyes, want to try your own spin on a classic candy, or completely forgot to pick up your child’s favorite bag of candy at the store, these recipes will come in handy.in terms of quality, many candies are good for up to one year, and in terms of safety, are good indefinitely), they’re often filled with preservatives. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), for example, are widely used in the food industry (and commonly used in candies) to prevent changes in color and flavor and to prevent foods from going bad. The Center for Science in the Publish Interest (CSPI) recommends that you avoid BHA and try to also avoid BHT; BHA is a carcinogenic chemical and BHT poses potential risks. Making your own Halloween candy can help you reduce or eliminate your BHA and BHT intake.
Plus, making your own Halloween candies can give you the chance to try something new. Whether you want to turn your favorite milk chocolate candy into a white chocolate or dark chocolate variety, make peanut-allergen-free nut butter cups by using almond or cashew butter, or add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to your chewy caramel cubes, you can easily adjust many homemade candy recipes to your taste and dietary needs.
Whether you need a last-minute Halloween treat or want to try something new this year, we’ve got a few great recipes to get you started.
Kit Kat Bars
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A word of warning; these crunchy candy bars are easy to get addicted to. And, with just two ingredients (cream-filled wafer cookies and chocolate) you can make them any time you’re craving them! Click here for the recipe.
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The secret to Pop Rocks is the pockets of carbon dioxide gas that are released when they touch your tongue. This recipe uses citric acid to create the same effect. Click here for the recipe.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.