What to do with all that candy!

Several dental offices participate in this great progam where you can drop off your unwanted candy, and they will send it to troops overseas. If you are local to Burleson, Alsbury Dental participates. I will also be collecting candy if anyone would like to meet up. Candy must be mailed before December 1st. Providing items like toothbrushes, flosh, and other dentals supplies is recommended.
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For more fun ways to "upcycle" your candy, I've included a few ways below that would make great treats for your guests on Thanksgiving.

  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Decoration Time: 15 min.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yield: Makes 10 apples.



  • 6 small apples, washed and patted dry
  • 1 bag (14-oz ) soft caramels
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’S® Chocolate Candies Harvest Blend
Special Equipment:
  • 10 craft sticks
  • 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Wax paper


  • 1. Press the craft sticks into the tops of the apples and set aside.
  • 2. Melt caramels with water in measuring cup for 1 to 2 minutes in microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth.
  • 3. Dip apples into caramel, rolling to cover. Roll apple bottoms in M&M’S® Chocolate Candies and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Bake Time: 12-14 min.
  • Decoration Time: 20 min.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yield: Makes 12 cookies




  • ¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 1 package (18-oz) prepared sugar cookie dough
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Food coloring
  • 1 tube decorative white icing
  • 12 (6-inch) lollipop sticks
  • 1 (3-inch) round cookie cutter
  • 12 pieces STARBURST® Fruit Chews, optional
  • 1 container white frosting, optional


  • 1. Roll the cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • 2. Press out 3-inch cookies with the cookie cutter and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 3. Carefully lift the bottom of the cookies and slip 1-1/2 inches of the lollipop stick underneath the dough. Gently press the dough around the stick.
  • 4. Bake the cookies in a preheated 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool the cookies completely before decorating.
  • 5. If you want to frost the cookies, mix a cup of frosting with a few drops of food coloring. Frost the cookies and then place the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies on the cookies.
  • 6. If you do not want to frost the cookies, just dab a bit of white icing on the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies and place them on the cookies in a happy face pattern.
  • 7. Get creative (optional): Cut STARBURST® Fruit Chews into circles, triangles or other shapes to create eyes, ears, noses or hair. To give as gifts, wrap each cookie in a square of cellophane tied with a ribbon
  • Tip: Here’s a shortcut. Make Happy Face Cookies using your favorite store-bought cookies instead of the first 4 ingredients, and then simply complete steps 6-8 above.

5-6 Medium Sized Apples
1 Bag of Mini Snickers Candy Bars
1 8 oz. Container of Cool Whip

Preparation Instructions:
Chop up the apples and put them into a bowl. Freeze the bag of Snickers. Unwrap each candy bar and put them into a Ziploc Bag. Smash the frozen Snickers with a hammer or with any heavy object. Pour pieces of Snickers into the bowl with apples. Add the cool whip and stir together. Enjoy!

  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding (or homemade of course)
  • 1 box of French vanilla pudding (or regular vanilla)
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • whipped cream
  • candy corn
  • yellow gel color
  • orange gel color
  • Halloween sprinkles
  1. Get all of the components ready. Make the chocolate and vanilla pudding. Divide the vanilla in half. If you are using French vanilla, it is already yellow, but if you are using plain vanilla, add a few drops of yellow to it. With the other half, use the orange food coloring to make it orange.
  2. Layer the ingredients however you like. This is the order that I layered mine:
  3. Cocoa Puffs
  4. yellow pudding
  5. whipped cream
  6. candy corn and Cocoa Puffs
  7. chocolate pudding
  8. orange pudding
  9. candy corn and Cocoa Puffs
  10. whipped cream, sprinkles, and a few candy corn for garnish
  11. Chill for about 30 minutes to an hour or until the puddings are set.
Do you have a good candy recipe of your own? Please share it in the comments!

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