How to tame the Halloween sweetness monster

Shakespeare once wrote: “Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?”

Halloween candy is the perfect example of a good thing

When I was a kid, Halloween candy was a perfect example of too much of a good thing.   After going Trick-or-Treating,  I could only eat a few pieces of candy before they all tasted the same to me: too sweet.

So my friends and I experimented with ways to enjoy our candy without growing tired of it.

Taming the sweetness monster

We started with balancing the sweetness of our candy with not-so sweet elements that would make the sweetness of every piece of candy pop as if it were the first one.

Experimenting with other flavors

In one experiment, we added salty elements.  Have you ever tried a salty pretzel or a little cheese right before a piece of candy? Yum…

Here is a really fun Halloween-inspired treat with a bite of pretzel and a little cheese (via CocinandoConCatman):

Salty Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

Salty Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

Other times, we added a little bit of a tangy flavor to a piece of chocolate by taking a bite of fruit with it… (my favorite!)

Aren’t these fruit-filled jack-o-lanterns the cutest?

Fruit-filled Jack-o-Lantern Oranges

Fruit-filled Jack-o-Lantern Oranges
(Try them also filled with sorbet)

Trying out different textures

Flavor was not the only thing that we varied – texture can be a fun variation as well.   By adding soft or moist elements to the -mostly- dry candy (also with fruit), we achieved that lovely contrast to make every piece of candy pop.

These spooky fruit treats are a great option to add variation in texture:

Spooky fruit provides a variation in texture

Spooky fruit provides a variation in texture

What do you think, are you willing to tame the Halloween sweetness monster?

Let us know how much you enjoyed your Halloween candy this year, please leave a comment below.

Happy Halloween!


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