Foods to make with leftover candy

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- Halloween is over which means lots of candy. Lucia Schnitzer, owner of Luci's Healthy Marketplace, has some ideas on how you can use some of that chocolate candy in your everyday food.

Want to keep it healthy? She also offers up tips on better chocolates you can use if you want a healthy twist:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Parfait
Chocolate Layer:
Ingredients
2 Taza Dominican 70% Dark Stone Ground Bars, chopped (Use Hershey, Nestle, Snickers or Payday as substitutes)
1/2 cup cream

Step 1
Combine chocolate and cream in a small saucepan and place over low heat, stirring often
until melted. Keep warm until ready to use.

Peanut Butter Layer:
Ingredients
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar (NO sugar if using sweet chocolate)
2 tablespoons milk
pinch of salt

Step 2
In a bowl mix together peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar, milk, and pinch of salt until
smooth.

To assemble:
4- six ounce jars
2 small peanut bars
2 cup crushed oatmeal cookies
Chocolate Covered Nibs, for garnish

1. Divide half the crushed cookies between the jars, top with half the peanut butter mixture,
and half the chocolate. Repeat with remaining ingredients and top with Chocolate Covered
Nibs. (Use Reese's or M&M as Halloween candy substitute for toppings)

Note:
These parfaits can be assembled a day (or even two) in advance.

Chocolate and Cheese Panini
Ingredients
Challah or Sandwich bread
3-4 ounces of brie (or ricotta or mascarpone)
Dark chocolate, Milk chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Substitute in Hersheys Nestle, Snickers, Payday or Kit Kat if you have leftover Halloween candy)
Strawberries (or favorite fruit or preserves)
Butter

Instructions
1. Butter the outside slices of bread for your sandwich. Lay on cutting board, buttered
slices facing down.
2. Layer slices of brie, chunks of chocolate, and strawberries on the non-buttered sides
of the bread and close the sandwich, buttered slices facing out.
3. Place sandwich, buttered side down, onto a pan over medium low heat. Flip over when
one side is toasted and repeat with the other side.
4. Cook until cheese and chocolate are melted and then serve immediately.