Tuesday, November 30, 2021

How Use Leftover Valentine’s Day Candy!

Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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If you haven’t finished your box of Valentine’s Day candy by now, then you may be looking for creative ways to use it up. Well, look no further! Those sweets from your sweetheart won’t go to waste while I’m around! Here are some great recipes that incorporate your leftover Valentine’s Day candy in new ways!

Chocolate fondue

https://www.foxandbriar.com/chocolate-fondue/

This is a great option if you have leftover dark . If you are planning to host some friends for a gal pal movie night, then consider making this as a yummy snack! It pairs great with wine!

Valentine's Day candy
Ingredients

For the Chocolate Fondue

  • 14 ounces high-quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2-3/4 cup half and a half*

Dippers:

  • strawberries
  • pineapple chunks
  • orange slices
  • marshmallows
  • wafer cookies
  • pretzels
Instructions
  1. Chop the chocolate into chunks and melt, whisking often, in a double boiler with 1/2 cup of half and half. Add up to 1/4 cup of additional half and a half if needed to thin chocolate to desired consistency.
  2. When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour into a serving bowl and serve with dippers. Include bamboo skewers to easily dip them into the chocolate.

Popcorn drizzle

https://butterwithasideofbread.com/chocolate-popcorn/

Who doesn’t love combining sweet with salty! If you have some leftover white chocolate from your valentine then maybe consider making this recipe! You can also use leftover chocolate in place of the chocolate chips!

Valentine's Day candy
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels or 2-3 bags of microwave popcorn
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable or coconut oil*
  • 1 package white chocolate bark/ coating broken into individual squares (1 lb 4 oz)
  • 3 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup salted cashews or another variety you enjoy!
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
Instructions
  1. Pop the popcorn in whatever way you’d prefer- stovetop, air popper or microwave. REMOVE UNPOPPED KERNELS. Pour popcorn into 1 giant bowl or 2 large bowls. Salt popcorn lightly if desired.
  2. Microwave white chocolate bark on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir gently, then microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  3. Pour white chocolate over popcorn and stir gently but thoroughly to coat.
  4. Add in 2 of the 3 cups of pretzels, the nuts and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Stir to incorporate. Spread on wax paper to cool.
  5. Melt 1 cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, beginning with 1 minute.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of pretzels on top of the cooling popcorn. Drizzle semi-sweet chocolate over the top. Let cool until chocolate is set. Break up into pieces and enjoy!

Chocolate sauce for your pancakes

https://nordicfoodliving.com/homemade-chocolate-sauce/

Consider this recipe for an easy yet delicious excuse to have candy for breakfast! If you have leftover dark chocolate you may consider making this wash chocolate sauce recipe to pour over your pancakes or French toast!

Valentine's Day candy
Ingredients
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces.
  2. Pour the heavy cream in a saucepan and add the chocolate.
  3. Melt the chocolate at low heat while stirring. Continue until the chocolate sauce has the preferred consistency.

Candy Heart Bark

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a45765/candy-heart-bark-recipe/

Can’t forget about those famous Valentine’s Day candy hearts! These bad boys may not taste great on their own, but if you add them to this recipe for chocolate bark you will surely fall in love with them!  This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover candy hearts, but also any leftover white chocolate or regular chocolate, as well!

Valentine's Day candy
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz. pink candy melts
  • 1/4 tsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Conversation heart candies and sprinkles, for decorating
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. With a double boiler or microwave, melt white chocolate and candy melts together. If using a microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds. Once melted and smooth, stir in oil, then set aside.
  3. Melt semi-sweet chocolate the same way you melted white chocolate. Pour onto a prepared baking sheet and spread out into a large rectangle using a spoon or rubber spatula. Drizzle white chocolate mixture on top, then use a knife or toothpick to swirl layers together. Sprinkle top of bark with conversation hearts and sprinkles.
  4. Refrigerate to set, 2 hours. Once hardened, break into pieces as large or as small as you want and serve.

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