Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy in These Sweet and Spooky Recipes
Whether your stash is comprised of candy corn or peanut butter cups, transform your excess Halloween candy into one of these clever treats.
No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year—in person, by handing out candy to dozens of trick-or-treaters, or virtually, with online gatherings and mailed treats—there's always going to be some Halloween candy leftover. Rather than forgetting about it in a cupboard, try giving your leftover candy a new life with one of these creative and delicious recipes.
Start with our kid-friendly Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes. Mini peanut butter cups and candy corn are hidden in the center of peanut butter cupcake batter, and the resulting surprise is a bite-sized treat that the whole family will enjoy. Another recipe that your kids can actually help create are our Crispy Cereal Treats. Inspired by classic Rice Krispies treats, little ones can mix in their leftover chopped chocolate bars, nuts, or any other sweets they have left from Halloween. Add chopped graham crackers and chocolate for a s'mores-inspired treat. Looking for a classic? Everyone's favorite Halloween candy—M&Ms—are used in these Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies. Their chocolate crunch and colorful exterior make these cookies popular long after Halloween, too.
Of course, it's not Halloween without candy corn and inevitably, there's always lots leftover. Make use of the quintessential white, orange, and yellow candy in our Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies. The festive confection also dresses up regular sugar cookies for a seasonal spin.
These Halloween-inspired desserts are so enticing that you'll want to bake them all throughout November (and you may just want to stock up on a few extra bags of fun-sized candy bars in order to try your hand at the recipes here).
Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes
Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween treat, so why not make the holiday last a little longer (and use up your stash) by making these mini cupcakes? Peanut butter cupcakes are topped with chocolate peanut butter cups, then baked for a spooky good dessert.
Crispy Cereal Treats
No tricks here! If you have leftover white or dark chocolate bars, chop them up and mix them with the rice cereal for Berries-and-Cream or Cocoa Nutty varieties.
Easy Fudge Bites
Leftover Halloween chocolate can be used in these devilishly decadent fudge bites made with unsalted butter, mini marshmallows, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Roll them in whatever toppings you have; it's an opportunity to use up treats like chopped candy pieces, chopped peanuts, or a dusting of cocoa powder.
How adorable are these festive cookies inspired by Halloween jack-o'-lanterns? Use leftover butterscotch candies for the filling.
Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies
Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies
Shortbread Candy Bars
Do you have several varieties of Halloween candy leftover? Top shortbread bars with melted chocolate then a sprinkling of other sweet treats. We used chopped peanut butter cups and assorted chocolate candies—we dare you to try other combinations.
Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
Wicked Witch Cupcakes
Something wicked this way comes! Halloween cupcakes are decorated with sugar cones, black licorice laces, candy corn, and mini M&Ms (a great way to use up leftover candy from trick-or-treating!) for a bewitching dessert.
Now you see me, now you don't—clear lollipops made with corn syrup and sugar are adorned with a variety of candies and seeds, such as candy corn, pumpkin seeds, or chopped licorice.