The treats have been gathered, the tricks have been had, and you’re left with a giant surplus of candy that if you doled out like your supposed to, would last you approximately until the end of time. So, what do you do with all of the leftover candy the kids have collected? How about transforming it into two tasty treats the whole family can enjoy?
First, we have the peanut butter mousse parfait. For this recipe, you will need to collect the extra peanut butter cups, or Reese’s pieces, if you can get your kids, (both big and small) to give them up. Then we have a super quick and easy recipe to use up all of those Nerds you get. Why does it seem like Nerds are only around at Halloween time anyway? Both of these recipes are quick and easy ways for everyone in the family to enjoy the spoils of what your kids worked so hard to collect *insert evil laugh here*. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait
Yield: 18-20, 3oz cups; 1 trifold dish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
For the Mousse:
8 oz package of cream cheese, (room temp)
1 ¼ cups Creamy Peanut Butter
1 container whipped cream
1 cup powdered sugar, whisked
1 t vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk
For the Chocolate Ganache:
7 oz semisweet chocolate chips
7 oz bittersweet chocolate chips *NOTE: I like my chocolate a bit more on the dark side. You can use any combination of chocolate you like to get to 14oz.
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups heavy cream
8 oz peanut butter cups, chopped or
8 oz Reese’s Pieces
Using a stand or hand mixer, combine softened cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until smooth and fully incorporated. Approximately 2-4 minutes.
Turn the mixer to low speed and add your powdered sugar. Once the sugar has been mixed in, scrape the bowl and return mixer to medium speed for approximately 1 minute.
Add milk and beat until smooth.
Remove mixing bowl and fold in whipped cream by hand. Pipe into cups or spoon into a bowl and set in fridge to set.
While your mousse is chilling, place your chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat your cream until it simmers, but do not boil it. Once your cream is simmering remove from the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
Add the vanilla, and let sit (DO NOT TOUCH!!) for 5 to 6 minutes.
Once 5 to 6 minutes have passed, stir the ganache until it is smooth, shiny, and there are no chocolate lumps.
Remove the mousse from the fridge and let the ganache rest at room temp. for 5 minutes. Then pipe or spoon the ganache onto the mousse and top with your garnishment.
This next one might be the easier of the candies to get your hands on. You will need to collect a few boxes of Nerds.
Nerds Ice Cream
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes with chilling
1 package frozen pineapple
12 oz can of coconut milk, or crème de coco
1-2 Tbsp Sugar, (depending on what type of coconut you use)
3-4 mini boxes of Nerds candy, crushed
Combine coconut milk, sugar, and Nerds candy in a medium saucepan. Simmer on medium/low heat until the Nerds have melted. *Note, don’t let the mixture boil. Remove from heat and cool completely.
In a blender, combine cooled coconut/Nerds mixture and frozen pineapple. Blend until smooth.
You can serve immediately or spoon into a freezer safe container. If you are saving it for later in the freezer, I always like to take plastic wrap and push it directly against the ice cream so that there are no air bubbles in order to prevent freezer burn.