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What to Do With Leftover Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Candy

Published November 2, 2013 by

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was great – but now you’ve been pilfering from the trick-or-treat stash. This week your kids have come home with bucketfuls of candy. This candy binge has to end!

Or does it? Fortunately, there are dozens of things you can do with leftover candy to make sure not a single sweet treat goes to waste. Thanks to the Huffington Post for all of these great ideas!


Leftover candy for baking

Hand Pies. It doesn’t get simpler than this. Buy pre-made refrigerated pie crust and use a cookie cutter to cut it into circles. Chop up the candy, sprinkle it on the crust, fold it over, crimp the edges and bake.

Stained Glass Cookies. Here’s an idea for your leftover lollipops and hard candies. First, crush candies up in a food processor. Roll out sugar cookie dough, cut your shape, then use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center. Place the outlined shape on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Fill the center with your crushed hard candy and bake the required time.


Candy Bar Ice Cream.

Four ingredients is all you need for this delicious ice cream. Melt 4 oz chopped candy bars with a ½ cup sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler. Then stir in a cup each of whole milk and half and half. Refrigerate for 2 hours, process in an ice cream maker and sprinkle some chopped candy bars on it before serving.

Candy Bark.

So easy, so delicious! Melt plain chocolate bars in a double boiler and then pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread into an even layer, then sprinkle on an assortment of leftover candy. Let it set for a few hours and enjoy.

Change up the consistency.

Use a food processor, nut grinder, or microplane to create candy grounds for all your holiday baking. Use it as ice cream topping, bake it into cookies, sprinkle on top of cupcakes or cheesecakes, and stir it into your hot chocolate.

Leftover candy for decorating (and gifting)

Count down to Christmas.

It will be much easier to control your child’s candy intake if you incorporate it into an advent calendar. There are a million ways to do it. We like this one where you take a bulletin board and use a hodgepodge of boxes for each day. Click the photo to be taken to the instructions on


Save it for the gingerbread men.

A gingerbread house doesn’t have to be all gum drops and candy canes. Your Halloween candy can make a castle fit for a gingerbread king like a chocolate bar thatched roof!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread

Decorate your door.

Buy a Styrofoam wreath from a craft store. Wrap a decorative ribbon around the top of your wreath and tie it off to create a wreath hook for your door. Then glue on candy starting with the biggest pieces. For a glue-free wreath use lollipops and stick them right into the Styrofoam. Click on the photo below go be taken to for instructions.


Donate it to the troops.

Get into the spirit of giving with your leftover Halloween candy. Non-profits are gearing up to send holiday care packages to troops and Halloween candy is the perfect addition.

Final tip: Oops! No leftover candy, only candy wrappers? Kids can make candy wrapper turkey wall art. Gather together all the fall-colored wrappers (hello, Reese’s, M&Ms, Butterfingers, Snickers, Tootsie Rolls and Kit Kats). Click on the photo below for instructions from


So what do you think? Will you be doing any of these?

The Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae Returns for Limited Time Magic

Published July 31, 2013 by

The Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae Returns for Limited Time Magic

Disney released information on what we can expect for Limited Time Magic on the week of July 29 to August 4, 2013 – here is what it said:

“Prepare yourself for the return of a monster-sized pleasure! Courtesy of a little Limited Time Magic, you can enjoy the reappearance of the Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae at Magic Kingdom park. Stop by The Plaza Restaurant and Plaza Ice Cream Cone to discover this chilling treat, which comes complete with 2 scoops of mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, cookie horns, a chocolate eye and sprinkles, all inside a crunchy waffle cone. Don’t miss your opportunity to scare up some summer fun—dig into this delightful dessert before the offer melts away!”

Here is the photo they showed us online:

Monstrous Sundae

Here is what we actually got:


World Secrets: What’s with the Big Green Dino at Hollywood Studios?

Published May 18, 2013 by

She’s a lean, not so mean, ice cream serving machine!


Perhaps you’ve noticed her on the shore of Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios – keeping her girlish figure by perpetually chewing on some grass.  Is this dinosaur some old Disney character forgotten by everyone?  Nope, she was a creation of someone else actually. Get ready to impress your friends and family with all that you know about Gertie.

Gertie the Dinosaur was the star of an animated film of the same name. Created by Winsor McCay, and released in 1914, Gertie was was credited as being one of the first animated characters with lifelike movements. She was pretty cutting edge for her time – and it took no less than 10,000 hand drawn cells bring her to life. (Winsor must have had strong hands!)

Gertie the Disnosaur’s movie was promoted as the “Greatest Animal Act in the World”, and included tag-lines like “Gertie: she’s a scream.”

gertie paper

In 1989, Walt Disney Imagineers honored Gertie and the role she has played in the history of animated film by constructing her in an over-sized tribute. Of course you will find her at  Hollywood Studios –  a theme park that serves as the ultimate tribute to movie history.

Disney picked up on the tag line of Gertie being a “scream” and because of that, her entire form and belly was re-created to be the perfect place to serve up ice cream to guests. I scream, you scream, we all scream for (Gertie’s) ice cream…you get the picture.

Gertie in the form of an  ice cream shop also pays tribute to the architectural style known as “California Crazy”, which was popular in the 1930’s and was designed to attract the attention of potential customers in a uniquely “BIG” way.

Here’s another secret: the lake and fountain location for Gertie is rumored to be deliberate as well, because one of her tricks in the animated films was to drink an entire lake and then spit it all out! If you have an extra 6 minutes – check out Gertie in her film debut below!

Every single day, on the shore of Echo Lake inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can see Gertie in all her 1930’s “California Crazy” architectural goodness. I think you will find her to be very photogenic. Unfortunately, she is only open seasonally for the business of selling ice cream and treats. Catching her on one of these days can be tricky. Occasionally we get access to inside information about her hours of operation. Contact me if you need to know about specific dates, and I will do my best to get you the info!


Have a magical day!

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