19 Leftover Candy Recipes To Help You Cope With The End Of Halloween
It's hard to believe that Halloween season is over. Doesn't it feel like the stores just put out their Halloween candy displays? If you're anything like me, you've probably already scoped out the after-Halloween candy sales to stock up your kitchen. But you also know that you're going to have to buy more candy soon for Christmas and then you'll be officially out of room. This means it's time for some leftover Halloween candy recipes so you can enjoy your treats and get them out of your house.
I know — who has leftover Halloween candy? Look, I love Whoppers and Kit-Kats and Reese's Cups as much as the next sugar fiend, but everyone has their breaking point. And it usually happens Nov. 3 when you can't move off your couch, everything hurts, and you can hear your eyelids opening and closing from all the sugar crashing you're doing.
Take a deep breath (and maybe get a glass of water and some greens in you), because you don't have to keep shuffling that bucket of candy from room to room until Easter. Pull out all the leftover Halloween candy in the house and pick one of these 19 recipes to help you properly celebrate the end of Halloween while ridding yourself of stale Twizzlers and that bag of brick-like candy corn no one is going to eat. (Plus, you know you're going to want some sugar to make it through Election night.)
1Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
Candy bark is pretty much my favorite thing ever (but I say that about all desserts), so this leftover Halloween candy bark from Brown Eyed Baker is topping my list of things to try this week. It's super easy to make, too, so it's a fun activity for your kids to try when they're feeling let down from Halloween passing by.
2Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies
I'm that person that can make myself sick by eating too much candy corn, but y'all. I can't stop. Which makes this candy corn white chocolate M&M blondies recipe from Averie Cooks right up my alley. The blondies are soft and dense, not cake-like at all, and have a bit of a caramel taste thanks to the brown sugar. But hello, it's also full of candy corn and white chocolate M&Ms. They are also pretty to look at, making them the perfect treat to push past Halloween and into Thanksgiving.
Like Bart Simpson, Butterfingers are a favorite of mine, but the way they get stuck in your teeth? No thank you. These Butterfinger cookies from Your Cup of Cake take care of that for you. With peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, and Butterfingers mixed in, these cookies are the perfect taste of Halloween without feeling like there's concrete stuck in your molars.
4Candy Bar Cookies
Hey, Christmas will be here before you know it. Use all of that leftover Halloween candy to create these candy bar cookies from A Spicy Perspective. You can throw them in some goodie bags for Christmas treats or pass them out to friends and family at your Thanksgiving party — either way, you'll have a delicious treat using up all of that candy sitting in the bucket.
5Twix Brownie Cheesecake
I'm sorry — hat gasp you just heard came all the way from Atlanta and it was because I saw this Twix brownie cheesecake recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. You guys, the best part about this recipe? You can adapt it for your own tastes. Want more cheesecake? Cut the brownie part in half and double up on the cheesecake recipe. Want more Twix? (Always.) Throw them on. This is decadent, delicious, and also looks really impressive. Make it. Now.
6Peanut Butter Cup Fudge With Salted Bourbon Sugar
Drool. If you want a dessert that sounds super grown-up, is incredibly delicious, and looks fantastic, you'll want to try Half Baked Harvest's peanut butter cup fudge with salted bourbon sugar. It sounds fancy, but it's pretty easy to pull together and will use up any leftover peanut butter cups you've got in your treat bucket.
7Caramel Apple Snickers Monkey Bread
Yes, you read that title correctly. This is a caramel apple Snickers monkey bread recipe from Mama Harris' Kitchen — it is as divine as it sounds. It's the perfect taste of fall, but gives a fun kick with the addition of Snickers bars and their nuts, chocolate, nougat, and caramel.
8Peanut Butter Candy Corn Pizza
Basically all of your favorite things wrapped into one, this peanut butter candy corn pizza from Inside Bru Crew Life may not include pepperoni or cheese, but it is a deliciously sweet dessert that the whole family will gobble up. (Also, what better way to use up candy corn and Reese's Pieces?) I mean, you can't go wrong with marshmallow topping, right?
Homemade chocolate pudding in an Oreo crust and filled with candy? Oh my. This candy pie from Cookies & Cups literally uses all of that leftover Halloween candy to make the perfect pie dessert. It's really easy to throw together, too, so your kids will love joining in and polishing it off when the pie's done. (Seriously, just get a spoon and dig in.)
10Snickers Stuffed Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Any brownie cookie hybrid is good with me, but one that's stuffed with something else delicious? That dessert definitely tops my list. From Ari's Menu, these Snickers stuffed chocolate brownie cookies are decadent, rich, fudgy, and a great way to use up any leftover Halloween candy.
11Autumn Mix Candy Bites
You know that giant bag of candy corn and pumpkins that's going to sit in your pantry until next Halloween? Use them to make these autumn mix candy bites from Bake Love Give. They are really easy to throw together, fun to pop into goodie bags or lunches, and look pretty cute in a jar on your counter, too. Plus, pumpkins last through Thanksgiving, so they make great snacks for any kind of party.
12Candy Crush Brownies
Want another recipe that includes throwing in all the candy you have? Make these candy crush brownies from Bakerella. This is already a pretty great brownie recipe, but what gives it the pop is all of the extra candy you throw in. It doesn't matter whether you have Whoppers, M&Ms, Kit-Kats, or some other type of chocolate — it all works here.
13Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies With Sea Salt
Sweet and salty always pair well together and these candy corn chocolate chip cookies with sea salt from The Crepes of Wrath are no different. Don't they sound incredible? The candy corns melt just enough to give you a sugary gooey bite and the salt keeps everything balanced.
14Peanut Butter Candy Bar Fudge
A fun spin on a classic recipe, this peanut butter candy bar fudge from Mom on Timeout is simple and not too sweet thanks to all of the peanut butter. It's a great recipe to keep on hand for future holidays (Easter or Christmas candy would make awesome additions, too), but I love the way it looks (and tastes) for Halloween.
Have you ever heard of a more perfectly named dessert for fall than scarecrow bars? This recipe is from Cookies & Cups and features all of that leftover candy corn with marshmallows, peanut butter, honey roasted peanuts, and Chex to create sweet, delicious little Halloween-flavored bars.
16Milky Way Brownie Bites
Milky Ways are delicious. Brownie bites are delicious. Put them both together? Oh man. These Milky Way brownie bites from My Baking Addiction are pure heaven. Look at all of that caramel, y'all. They're pretty easy to put together and with a miniature Milky Way inside each brownie, they are a perfect treat.
17Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit-Kat Crunch Bars
There's a theme here about bars, but it's obvious that they seem to work really well with candy. Averie Cooks has a recipe for chocolate peanut butter Kit-Kat crunch bars and, I'm not going to lie, it may be my favorite. Just look at those yummy wafers sitting on top of the bars. Plus, they are so thick and rich, they are literally making my mouth water. Perfection.
While the majority of Halloween candy is chocolate based and does well in brownies and cookies, you could have a ton of those little two packs of Starbursts in your pumpkin bucket. If you do, whip them into these Starburst cookies from Ari's Menu. The cookies have just enough crunch on the outside and the Starburst gets just melted and gooey enough on the inside to complement the texture. Sound weird? Give them a try anyway.
19Halloween Candy Cake
And, finally, for a recipe that encompasses all of your leftover Halloween candy, no matter how much, how little, or what kind you have, make this Halloween candy cake from Cookies & Cups. You can even throw on all of your gummies and licorice into this recipe. All you need to do is whip up a little cake (you don't have to turn it into a pumpkin if you don't want to) and dump all of your leftover candy on top. Done. And delicious and fun.