Leftover Halloween candy has become an inevitable part of my yearly spooky tradition. What can I say? I always go a little overboard when it comes to trick-or-treating! Read on to see how I deal with a surplus of leftover Halloween candy!
Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes To Extend The Fun
This year, I found myself looking for creative ways to take care of leftover candy. After a bit of brainstorming, I now have a whole collection of recipes with candy bars, chocolates, peanut butter cups–every possible leftover you can think of! If you want to turn all the surplus candy into yummy treats, then these recipes using leftover Halloween candy are definitely worth a try!
1. One-Bowl Candy Bar Blondies
Get some leftover fun size candy bars, chop them up, and make these one-bowl candy bar blondies. KitKats give this treat a good crunch, but you can experiment with all kinds of candy as well. Whatever you have lying around can still do the trick!
2. Snickers Apple Blondies
Excuse my obvious bias for blondies–my kids love them! If you love Snickers and have a stash, then these Snickers apple blondies are worth a try. Chopped apple pieces go surprisingly well with chunks of chocolate.
3. Snickers Ebelskivers
These unusual-looking pastries are Danish pancake puffs. Though ebelskivers are traditionally served with jam and powdered sugar, Snickers make an equally good alternative. Once you start munching on these Snickers ebelskivers, it's going to be hard to stop.
4. Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars
Want to keep all the candy goodness a secret? Check out these trashed up shortbread cookie bars. Crushed up leftover candies are incorporated into a rich shortbread batter to make picture-perfect cookie bars. They're just the right afternoon snack in between making craft projects!
5. Halloween Candy Cookies
These Halloween candy cookies have gooey and delicious Crunch and Baby Ruth pieces hiding in every bite. This is just the thing when you've got way too many mini candy bars on hand!
6. M&M Cookie
Even if it's not Halloween, I love baking with M&Ms; the bright colors make every treat extra special. These M&M cookies also add distinctive M&M crunch my kids love. This recipe is a sure hit with anyone with a sweet tooth.
7. Brownie Trifle
This dessert may be messy, but it's oh-so-good! Just look at that trifle of goodness. Can you imagine digging into it? This brownie trifle definitely isn't for formal gatherings. I like to prepare this for casual family get-togethers, where the kids can just be their goofy, messy selves.
8. No-Bake Butterfinger Pie
Let's admit it: no-bake pies are lifesavers–I'm sure every busy mom out there will agree. They're deceptively easy to make but still so delicious. When there are way too many leftover Butterfinger bars from this year's trick-or-treat, this no-bake pie recipe can be whipped up as a yummy after-dinner dessert.
9. Butterfinger Fudge
Doesn't it look just heavenly? The secret to this smooth Butterfinger fudge is melted candy corn. Made along with butterscotch chips, peanut butter, white chocolate, and condensed milk, the flavors in this fudge will keep everyone guessing.
10. Candy Bar Cake
I'll admit, this isn't the healthiest of recipes. But we all deserve a break every now and then, don't we? This candy bar cake has all the good stuff–chocolate, caramel, frosting, and candy to your heart's content.
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11. Cookie Candy Pizza
Here's one dessert that's tons of fun to make. The crust is made of sugar cookies, the “pizza sauce” is icing and the toppings? Pretty much anything you can get your hands on! This cookie candy pizza just goes to show that the fun doesn't need to end with Halloween.
12. Candy Corn Pretzel Bites
There's always way too much candy corn in my children's pile of leftover Halloween candy. The next time their friends come over for a weekend sleepover, I'm whipping up these candy corn pretzel bites. The combination of sweet and salty makes a great snack for kids and adults alike.
13. Candy Corn Milkshake
With a little creativity, there's no end to what you can do with leftover Halloween candy–this milkshake recipe is another example. Why settle on eating candy corn when you can drink it? This unexpected recipe is a sure hit!
14. Halloween Candy Bark
When I think of Halloween, I picture all the bright and crazy colors–on our home decorations, fun costumes, and even our food! Don't you just love how colorful this Halloween candy bark is? The kids will go gaga over these.
15. Leftover Candy Hand Pies
Got half an hour to spare? Try making these yummy candy hand pies! This recipe calls for pie crust, candies, and melted chocolate. That's it! These hand pies make great desserts for picnics or outdoor gatherings.
16. Candy Crunch Dip
It's no secret that the flavor of toffee goes so well with apples. Mix in some cream cheese and vanilla, and you've got yourself a winner. If you've got some leftover toffees on hand, this is the recipe you've been looking for.
17. Kit Kat Cupcakes
What's better than a heavenly chocolate cupcake with caramel buttercream frosting? One made with KitKat, of course! Whip up this delicious cupcake and top them with those wafer treats. This is one dessert nobody will be able to resist.
18. Halloween Popcorn Balls
Here's a sweet snack that's packed with extra crunch. Each bite of these Halloween popcorn balls has candy corn, white chocolate pretzels, and Reese's pieces. I'm drooling just thinking about it!
19. Twix Fudge Swirl Ice Cream
Take your leftover Halloween candy to the next level with homemade ice cream! Don't get intimidated; the ice cream base is simply made of whipped cream and condensed milk. Then, caramel and hot fudge drizzled on top go hand-in-hand with Twix pieces in this indulgent treat.
20. No Bake Peanut Butter KitKat Crunch Bars
These bars are originally made for vegan but having all the leftover kit kat bars we will replace the homemade wafer biscuit in the recipe into the actual kit kat bars. With peanut butter served as the base, chocolate topping, and rice crispies to give it that extra crunch. This puts it on a whole new level. I'm sure one bite of these gooey, crunchy bars will take you to chocolate heaven.
21. Monster Cookie Cheese Ball
Halloween isn't quite over yet with this monster cookie cheese ball! The edible googly eyes definitely give the monster some character. Made with cream cheese, oatmeal, peanut butter, and M&M's, this treat will brighten up any party spread.
22. Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread
Here's something the kids can bring to school for a light snack. Nobody would ever guess it's made from leftover Halloween candy. Use up all your leftover peanut butter cups with this yummy bread recipe.
23. Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Instead of buying chocolate chips at the store, why not use leftover Kisses? Aside from being undoubtedly delicious, the Kisses make these cookies extra photogenic. They're the perfect dessert both for indulging and snapping photos!
24. Rolo Stuffed Butterfinger Truffles
Let's not forget about Rolos–these, too, can be incorporated into lip-smacking desserts. The truffle mixture is made simply by incorporating peanut butter into melted candy corn; the two ingredients create the distinct Butterfinger taste. Then, individual Rolos are stuffed into small portions to create these delectable truffles.
25. Skittles Rainbow Fudge
Kids will have a blast creating rainbow swirls as they help you make this colorful fudge. The different fruity flavors add a distinct tartness that goes well with creamy white chocolate. It's a taste you just have to try to find out!
Want more DIY ideas for your leftover Halloween candies? Check out this video from FoodNetwork:
For children and adults alike, Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. The horror parties, sugary sweets, and crazy costumes are a wonderful break from the humdrum of everyday life. More often than not, however, leftover Halloween candy is something many of us need to deal with. But with a little time, a few extra ingredients, and a bit of creativity, we can make delicious new treats everyone will love. Halloween may be over, but it doesn't mean you can't extend the fun of the holiday!
Got any ideas for treats made from leftovers? Share them with us in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.