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12 Best Recipes to Easily Repurpose your Leftover Halloween Candy

best recipes to easily repurpose your leftover Halloween candy this year

Once the fun of trick-or-treating is over, and the first round of gobbling up favorite sweets is done, there’s a pressing question that arises in many households on November 1 or thereabouts: What are we going to do with all this leftover Halloween candy? Not the more dire issue of our day, but if like us you don’t want to contribute to food waste, it feels right to find alternatives for the candy corn, gummy worms and mini candy bars that populate our homes after the big night. If you’re similarly inclined, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 12 best recipes to easily repurpose your leftover Halloween candy this year.

Halloween is here, and you know what that means –it’s time to let buckets of Halloween candy waste away in your pantry all year starting November 1.

best recipes to easily repurpose your leftover Halloween candy this year

best recipes to easily repurpose your leftover Halloween candy this year

Except… maybe not.  After all, aren’t we all interested in becoming a bit more sustainable?

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And when it comes to candy, sustainability can equal delicious – especially when you’re turning all those kit kat’s and milk way’s into a dessert that everyone will enjoy.

Whether you have an excess of sour or sweet, here are twelve recipes to help you repurpose your child’s leftover Halloween candy this year.

1. Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Trifle from The Kitchen Magpie

As Karlynn Johnston suggests in her delectable recipe, Halloween is the perfect excuse for a dinner party – because you need a way for this dessert to become your centerpiece. This is a great one because it’s a catch-all for whatever you have left – whether it’s gummy, chocolatey, crunchy, or chewy.

best recipes for Halloween candy

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Besides chopped Halloween candy, the only ingredients are brownie batter, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream – which you can either make from scratch, or from a box, depending on how much time you have. Simply follow the directions to combine, and suddenly those leftover candy pieces will look (and taste!) a lot more appealing.

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2. Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Leftover candy corn presents its own special problem because… who likes candy corn anyway? Just kidding! We’re sure there are people out there who do. Anyway, you know what makes candy corn much better? The addition of a salty, crunchy base.

best recipes for Halloween candy

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Pick up some pretzels, rope in the rest of your Hershey’s kisses, and you’re all set. These mini bites are sure to be a hit.

3. Witches Brew Brownies from Home Made Interest

All you’ll need for this scary-cute recipe is some leftover Halloween candy, some brownie mix (or your favorite recipe), and yes, Edible Eyes. They are what add the witchy twist to this genius, candy-covered brownie recipe.

best recipes for Halloween candy

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And though these may be designed for chocolate-based treats, the sky’s the limit, and you should feel free to throw in whatever your candy-loving heart desires.

4. Halloween Candy Fondue from The Food Network

Bet you didn’t think you’d see fondue on this list. And yet, this is perhaps the easiest (and tastiest?) recipe of them all. All you need to do is unwrap your leftover candy, and heat with heavy cream. That’s it.

best recipes for Halloween candy

Best recipes to repurpose your leftover Halloween candy. Courtesy photo.

All chocolate candies – including ones with peanut butter and caramel – are welcome, and will make a rich and decadent base for dipping. Fruit, marshmallows, and pound cake are recommended vehicles for the chocolate, but use your imagination.

5. Sour Patch Vodka Slushies from Delish

We had to include at least one recipe that was specifically designed for the grown-ups. If your child ends up with too many sour patch kids this year, you’re in luck.

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These Sour Patch slushies are exactly as delightful as they sound, complete with a technicolor appearance that comes straight from the candy.

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6. Candy Bark from Completely Delicious

We really like the way this candy bark looks, and it has the advantage of getting us ready for the holiday season (hello, peppermint bark), which is right around the corner.

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You can use anything from whoppers to kit kats, and the only thing you’ll need to pick up is a bar of bittersweet chocolate to serve as the base. Easy and delicious.

7. Halloween Candy Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

It doesn’t have to be complicated. These gooey, chocolate-filled cookies would be a scrumptious new home for whatever candy you have lying around.

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And best of all, they’re easy and quick to make. We love the way the candy adds a bit of texture to an otherwise-traditional recipe.

8. Candy Cookie Bars from Together As Family

With their oat and peanut butter base, these cookie bars have a different flavor than you might expect, which is great if you’re craving something besides chocolate.

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And chances are, after a day (or days!) of Halloween candy, you might be! Don’t worry, you can still find plenty of chocolate inside – but the peanutty goodness helps to break up the taste.

9. Candy Bar Pie from Dorothy Kern

As we exit Halloween, we approach pie season. So why not kick off pie times with one last nod to October? This pie has a blondie base thanks to its delectable dose of brown sugar, and you can use a homemade or store-bought crust as you see fit.

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Everyone loves a cookie pie, and they recommend serving these colorful slices with a scoop of ice cream on top.

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10. Gummy Worm Ice Pops from The Food Network

If you have a lot of extra gummies – and especially if you manage to hold onto them until the summer months – this is absolutely what you should do with them. All you need is sugar, ice, and lemon juice, and you’ll have a sweet and tangy lemonade popsicle that is full of gummy surprises.

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And obviously, other gummies are welcome at the party, too. An excellent treat for those who are not in the chocolate-peanut-butter-and-caramel camp.

11. Halloween Party Mix from Kitchn

If you find yourself with some leftover Reese’s Pieces and candy corn, why not make this amazing party mix?

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It’s candy blended with puppy chow, which sounds like as much of a crowd pleaser as you’ll ever be able to find. Perfect for snacking all month long.

12. Halloween Candy Cake from Cookies & Cups

Last but not least, a Halloween candy cake. We love this recipe, because it is so easy and yet so magical. The base can be any cake of your choosing, homemade or from a box, and the icing is an easy-to-make homemade orange buttercream.

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Then once the cake is finished, simply arrange your candy pieces as a phantasmagorical topper. It may sound a little chaotic, but it’s a great way to use up all your leftover candy at once – the more candy, the merrier – and the look is something really special. Try it out on November 1st.

best recipes for leftover Halloween candy

Those the recipes we vote for as best for using up all the trick-or-treating loot that you and your gang amassed but can’t possibly consume. What do you think, dear reader? You can invite the whole neighborhood over and share the sweetness.

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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