Leftover Halloween Candy? Turn It Into Body Scrub!

Get super-soft skin courtesy of this year's trick-or-treating stash.
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Get super-soft skin courtesy of this year's trick-or-treating stash.

I know, I know, I know. How likely is it that at any given time someone has an actual SURPLUS of candy?

When it comes to Halloween candy, though, it's entirely possible. I mean, you can only binge on Hershey and Twix bars so much before your body starts rejecting the thought of sticking another in your mouth. And sometimes you have so much Halloween candy left over that it can go bad before you "use it all up" (AKA mindlessly shove it down your throat).

Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

This "Wow, I really don't want candy anymore, that's weird" phenomenon happens to both the door-to-door trick-or-treaters and candy-givers alike.

Solution: Rub the stuff all over your body. Duh.

FYI, I pretty much spent an entire afternoon perfecting this chocolate candy body scrub recipe. Along the way, there were some disgusting mishaps, and so, like any mad scientist, I went back to the drawing board time after time. In the end, though, I devised the holy grail of all "leftover Halloween candy turned beauty product" recipes. And now I bequeath it to you all.

What you need:

  • Chocolate bars
  • Hard candies
  • Olive oil

You'll also need some kind of a food processor or grinder.

I used my handy dandy Capresso grinder. Great for grinding coffee, spices and now Halloween candy.

I used my handy dandy Capresso grinder. Great for grinding coffee, spices and now Halloween candy.

Start by unwrapping hard candies and place them in some sort of a grinder. A quick chopper, food processor or blender will work, too. Alternatively, you can put your candies into a plastic baggy and then smash them with something heavy. Use some serious elbow grease with this method to get that fine, sugary texture.

All ground up!

All ground up!

You'll want to yield a 1/2 cup of ground candy. I opted for all butterscotch candies, but a mixture of all sorts would work, too.

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After grinding your hard candy, repeat the process with your chocolate bars. I popped my chocolate into the freezer for about an hour before I started grinding, which seemed to keep it from melting down and produced a finer powder. You'll want to yield roughly 3 tablespoons of ground chocolate.

Tip: I tried this recipe several different ways and found that my best option was plain ol' chocolate bars. Anything with caramel or other gooey textures tended to clump and not work. Nuts in your chocolate bars are fine, though. Extra exfoliating power!

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After you've completed all that grinding (sounds so dirty), combine your 3 tablespoons of ground chocolate and 1/2 cup of ground candy.

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Next, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You could also use room temperature coconut oil or really any oil of your choice. I found that 2 tablespoons was sufficient, but if you want a more liquid-y scrub then add more.

How much you use also depends on your climate. I live in a really dry climate, so my recipe may require more oil than yours. Just add 1/2 tablespoon at a time until you find the perfect consistency for you!

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Mix well, jar it and you're done!

For application, just get skin wet, gently rub to exfoliate dead skin away and breath in the aroma of sweet Halloween candy! I like to exfoliate my legs before shaving to get an extra smooth finish.

This will probably last about a week, so use it often and make it in these small ~1/2 cup batches!