6 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

6 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

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The last trick or treater has trotted down the sidewalk and the Jack O Lantern is starting to dissolve into a moldy pile of goo on the front step. It is official, Halloween is over. However, you still have a substantial pile of Halloween candy left over in your candy bowl. Of course, you can munch on it for the next few weeks, but you’ve already indulged quite a bit and you’re getting tired of it. So here are a few ways to remake your Halloween candy into novel treats.

6 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy:

1. Candy Corn Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Balls

Yep! It’s fall, and we all know that Pumpkin Spice is the official flavor of fall. Use up that leftover bag of candy corn with these spicy, crunchy, sticky snacks.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups candy corn

Directions: 

  • In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Stir in the marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.
  • Add the spices and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the popcorn and the candy corn.
  • Drizzle the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and toss with a wooden spoon to thoroughly coat the popcorn and candy.
  • Using buttered hands, mold the popcorn mixture into baseball sized balls and place on waxed paper to firm up.
  • Store for up to two days in an airtight container.

2. Trail Mix

If you love trail mix, add a few generous handfuls of your favorite Halloween candies to your trail mix snacks. Things like mini Reese’s cups and M&Ms are perfect additions to trail mixes and granola.

3. Cupcake Toppings

Use leftover candies to add a tasty topping to cupcakes for the school Thanksgiving party. Additionally, before you bake the batter, unwrap a fun-sized chocolate candy and hide it in the center of the each cupcake. The kids will have a chocolatey surprise when they bite into the cupcakes!

4. Decadent Candy Bar Brownies

This recipe is perfect for using up whatever chocolate bits you have left in the bowl. It is quick, simple, and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix (the kind that makes a 9 by 13 pan of brownies) and whatever you will need to prepare it according to package instructions
  • 12-15 fun sized chocolate candies, cut in half (Reese’s, Milky Way, Twix, etc.)
  • ½ cup M and M candies
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9 by 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Prepare your boxed brownie mix according to the instructions on the box.
  • Into the brownie batter, stir the chocolate chips and M&M’s.
  • Spread about half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan.
  • On top of the batter, evenly scatter the chocolate candy pieces.
  • Smooth the remaining brownie batter over top of the candies until it is evenly spread.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  • Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the brownies.
  • A few crumbs may stick to it, but it should be mostly clean.
  • Let the brownies cool for about an hour before lifting them out of the pan and cutting them into pieces.
  • This recipe freezes fabulously, so it’s perfect to make ahead for holiday luncheons and potluck dinners.

5. Milkshakes or Ice Cream Topping

If you bought way too much chocolate candy, one of the quickest and easiest ways to use it up is to use them for milkshakes or sundae toppings.

Directions: 

  • Put some softened ice cream of whatever flavor you like best in the blender.
  • Add in chunks of chocolate candies, and pulse just until incorporated.
  • Don’t whirl it too long in the blender, because you still want big chunks of candy in your milkshake.
  • Alternately, you can coarsely chop your candy and use it to top your ice cream sundaes.
  • Don’t forget to add a cherry to the top!

6. Freeze It

Most Halloween candy freezes very well. Stash a few bags in the back of the freezer, so you will have some candy available when an irresistible chocolate craving hits you. You don’t have to  toss that extra candy into the trash. Get inventive in the kitchen and create some delicious treats for the whole family with your leftover Halloween candy.

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