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by Justine Dever-Arseneault October 24, 2019 3 min read

Trick or Treat! We’ve compiled a list of 9 homemade alternatives to the sacks full of sugar we all find around the house this time of year. Full disclaimer though, we are in no way going to try to pretend these are healthy. Just a fun way to spend an afternoon and a sure-fire way to impress your friends and family (that is, if you share).

1. Homemade Snickers Bars

America’s number 1 selling candy bar...but homemade! Layers of chocolate, peanuts, and fudgey nougat. How can you go wrong?

https://butterwithasideofbread.com/homemade-snickers-bars/

2. Homemade Twix Bars

Coat a cookie base with caramel and chocolate and call it a day. This homemade Twix bar makes for the perfect simple and fun treat to bring to your Halloween pot-luck or work party!

https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/homemade-twix-bars/

Make it tonight:

Metal Oblong Trudeau Cake Pan 

Perfectly shaped for these bars, this cake pan is non-stick and dishwasher safe so you never have to worry about clean-up!

https://www.iqliving.com/products/trudeau-metal-oblong-cake-pan?_pos=26&_sid=6dc155631&_ss=r

3. Peanut Butter Cups (Vegan)

Everyone’s Halloween night favourite, only homemade and vegan? Give these a shot and keep them in the fridge for those late night cravings...or mid-afternoon cravings...or late morning cravings...you know what, these ones seem like an all-round winner.

https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/vegan-peanut-butter-cups/

Make it tonight:

OXO Silicone Baking Cups

Melted chocolate and peanut butter might seem like a mess just waiting to happen, but these silicone baking cups make for the perfectly shaped treats and simple clean up.

https://www.iqliving.com/products/oxo-silicone-baking-cups?_pos=11&_sid=146d0b313&_ss=r

4. Pink Champagne Gummy Bears (Adults only)

Hosting something a little more upscale but still want the junk food? How about getting fancy with these adult-only gummies? How fun and pretty are they!

https://thesuburbansoapbox.com/pink-champagne-gummy-bears/

Or for those looking for something a little more kid-friendly try these

5. Gummy Fruit Snacks (Vegan)

https://kirbiecravings.com/vegan-gummy-fruit-snacks/

Make it tonight:

Trudeau Silicone Candy Mould, set of 2

Regardless of which gummy you make, be prepared with these easy-release silicone candy moulds. They can be thrown in the dishwasher so there’s no need to stress about clean up!

https://www.iqliving.com/products/trudeau-silicone-candy-mould-set-2?_pos=8&_sid=f2a763d8d&_ss=r

6. Apple Cider Caramels

These classic caramels are the perfect addition to fall. 

As long as you have an accurate thermometer, these are a breeze to make.”

https://www.browneyedbaker.com/apple-cider-caramels/

Make it tonight:

Taylor Candy and Deep Fry Thermometer

See above quote for details.

https://www.iqliving.com/products/taylor-candy-deep-fry-adjustable-thermometer?_pos=2&_sid=646d7db47&_ss=r

7. Caramel Corn

This is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and easier than you might imagine.

https://www.twosisterscrafting.com/easy-homemade-caramel-corn/

Make it tonight:

Cuisinart Easypop Hot Air Popcorn Maker

Caramel corn calls for 10-cups of popped popcorn. Use this electric popper to make quick work of this recipe!

https://www.iqliving.com/products/cuisinart-easypop-hot-air-popcorn-maker?_pos=1&_sid=9473a5404&_ss=r

8. Soft Pretzels

Does your sweet tooth need a break from all this sugar? Give these soft pretzels a shot today! They’re surprisingly easy and still feel like a decadent treat. Perfect for bringing to your next work pot-luck or friendly get-together. Or keeping at home all for yourself. That’s your call.

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/easy-homemade-soft-pretzels/

Make it tonight:

Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Ensure easy clean up with these reusable non-stick France-made silicone mats!

https://www.iqliving.com/products/silpat-non-stick-silicone-baking-mat?_pos=30&_sid=a6579df83&_ss=r

9. Fruit Leather Roll Ups

Last but not least, these healthy Fruit Roll Ups are perfect for giving to kids of any age as an alternative to the commercially available sugar laden variety. Pop into lunch boxes as a fruit portion for a nice surprise!

https://www.liveeatlearn.com/3-ingredient-fruit-roll-ups/

Make it tonight:

Paperchef Multipurpose Parchment Paper

This high-quality parchment paper will make these roll ups easy to store stick free!

https://www.iqliving.com/products/paperchef-multipurpose-parchment-paper?_pos=4&_sid=6f51b7f2f&_ss=r

Justine Dever-Arseneault
Justine Dever-Arseneault


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