HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN, PIZZA FREAKS! Pizza is at the very top of the food chain—as in, it's the best. And if there's anything even close to being on pizza's level, it's candy. EVERYBODY LOVES CANDY! Luckily, we have a chance to celebrate candy every year on this gloriously spooky holiday.
In the spirit of All Hallow's Eve, we put on our costumes and go head-to-head in our CANDY PIZZA CHALLENGE! Because pizza deserves a chance to wear a Halloween costume, too. But, for this special challenge, we're doing things a bit differently than our past challenges...
Rules of the Challenge:
- Concoct a sweet pizza that's loaded with candies!
- Design the ultimate, greatest-of-all-time candy pizza that YOU want to eat. Alyssia is loading up her pizza with her favorite treats, and Christian is crafting his pizza with his most-beloved sweets.
- Competitors must be dressed in full Halloween garb.
- The winner will be decided by YOU: our fellow weirdoughs. Who made the craziest and most number-one Halloween pizza?! Votes are to be cast in the form of comments on the YouTube video.
Check out our Halloween Candy Pizza Challenge and tell us your vote! If you're looking for a serious sugar buzz, we've got both of our candy pizza recipes for you right here. DEVOUR WITH CAUTION.
Candy is so SWEET!
Candy doesn’t just taste amazing—it’s also mind-blowing! We share some sweet facts about candy in our Halloween Candy Pizza Challenge episode, but there are SO many more. They’re too good to keep to ourselves:
- Candy corn was created in the 1880s and used to be called “Chicken Feed,” because real corn kernels used to only be livestock feed. Over a century later, and candy corn is still (somehow) the top selling candy in the U.S.! M&M’s are a close second.
- One of the most popular candies that astronauts request are M&M’s! Astronauts often release a handful of M&M’s, let them float around in microgravity, and chase the candies down with their mouths.
- During WWII, Tootsie Rolls were included in soldiers’ rations because they were durable enough to last in all weather conditions. It’s even said that some soldiers used chewed-up Tootsie Rolls to patch holes in the fuel lines of their vehicles!
- 3 Musketeers bars got their name because the candy originally had THREE pieces in each pack, each with a different flavor: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
- Frank Mars, the inventor of Snickers, named the candy bar after his wife’s favorite horse—“Snickers.”
- Milky Way actually wasn’t named after the galaxy—it was inspired by a popular malted milkshake at the time, and was designed to mimic the taste.
- In the U.K., there’s a Twix SPREAD (!) that’s like Nutella with caramel and crunchy biscuit pieces inside.
- To blow the biggest bubblegum bubble, you have to chew the gum until all of the sugar is gone, because sugar doesn’t stretch! The largest bubble ever blown was 20 inches in diameter, and the bubble-blower accomplished this feat using just 3 pieces of Dubble Bubble.
- The word Pez comes from the German word pfefferminz—meaning peppermint. And, there have been some pretty weird flavors of Pez, including chlorophyll…(?)
- Jelly Belly makes a special kind of jelly bean called “Sport Beans,” which contain carbs, electrolytes, B vitamins, and vitamin C. They also make “Extreme Sport Beans” with caffeine in them!
When Milk Duds were first made, they were supposed to be perfectly round, but that didn't quite work out as planned. At the factory, one of the workers called them "duds" when the candies came out, but they were good-tasting duds so the name stuck!
For a 180-pound person to die of a candy overdose, the American Chemical Society says they’d have to eat 262 fun-sized candy bars! Luckily, this has never happened because any human would vomit before they could eat that much candy in one sitting.
Alyssia's Halloween Candy Pizza:
I thought this “challenge” would be less challenging because the goal was simple: make a pizza with candy that I will like! Turns out, it’s actually really hard to make a pizza with a ton of sugar that tastes good… My approach was considerate—start with a base that doesn’t involve too much sugar and use whipped cream cheese as a frosting to help counteract all of the sugary candy. The concept makes sense, but the execution… not so much.
Admittedly, I do think I took the more challenging route by choosing to use super sugary sweet candies—like Sour Patch Kids, gum drops, jelly beans, lollipops, etc.—rather than chocolate. But, I made that choice for YOUR entertainment, you see? I didn’t want Christian and I to both make a chocolate-y pizza, so I decided to go the sugar route. A mistake, perhaps.
I will say, my pizza looks very appealing. It’s bright, fun, and definitely enticing. The biscuit crust and whipped cream cheese work well together, and honestly don’t even taste bad with some sugary candy. The problem comes in with the sheer amount of candy that was put on top. What can you do? Pick off the candy and eat the components separately, I guess! Maybe next time I’ll master the balance of flavors when challenged with an excess of sugar, but, for now, I’ll just enjoy the sugar high! It is Halloween, after all! Amok, amok, amok!
- 1 can of Pillsbury biscuits
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 cup whipped cream cheese
- powdered sugar, to taste
- spice drops
- jelly beans
- white chocolate Kit Kat minis
- fun-sized PayDay bars
- Sour Patch Kids
- Dum Dums lollipops
*These are the candies I used, but you can use any candies you like!
- Preheat oven to temperature specified on your biscuit package’s directions.
- Roll out 6 Pillsbury biscuits and form them into one large crust—about ½-¾ of an inch thick.
- Place biscuit crust on a pizza pan lined with parchment. (?) Bake according to package directions, until cooked through.
- With a hand mixer, combine whipped cream cheese with a touch of powdered sugar, to taste.
- When biscuit crust is done baking, allow to cool slightly. (If it’s too warm, your frosting and candies might melt!)
- Spread frosting over biscuit crust. Layer on candies as desired.
- Slice, serve, and Eat The Candy Pizza!
Yields 1 massive sugar rush, via pizza!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Under a Coconut Moon
Christian's Halloween Candy Pizza:
So this challenge was easier because I could really just focus on a few candies that I REALLY love. Reese’s, Almond Joys, etc. The only thing is, peanut butter and chocolate go well together, COCONUT and chocolate go well together, but all 3 together is questionable…
So I decided to try to split them up on the pizza by making a crescent moon shape, using the coconut to shape the moon and the peanut butter to fill in the negative space. It basically tasted insane and I wish I could eat this pizza every day of my life. But, sadly…this is exclusively a Halloween treat.
- brownie mix
- peanut butter
- sweetened coconut shreds
- fun-sized Almond Joy bars
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures
- fun-sized PayDay bars
- Bake your brownie mix in a circular or spring-form pan.
- Once baked, allow to cool slightly before sprinkling on your sweetened shredded coconut into a moon shape.
- Spread peanut butter onto the remaining negative space.
- Now it’s time for the candies, add Reese’s minis and Payday minis to the peanut butter portion of the pizza, and Almond Joy minis to the coconut portion. Easy-peasy and delicious!
- Now you just take a bite.
Yields 1 deliciously spooky pizza.
Have a Happy Halloween!
Have fun, be safe, and don't eat too much candy... Just make sure you eat some pizza to balance things out.
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