There’s no such thing as too much candy on Halloween, but come November you may be looking for new ways to make a dent in your haul. These recipes call for several different types of candy, and some could even pass as party snacks once the holidays roll around. Here are five creative ways to make use of your leftovers.
1. THE ULTIMATE CANDY BARK
The beauty of candy bark is that it works as a base for nearly any type of candy you can think of. Start by melting 1.5 pounds of white chocolate together with 2 teaspoons of butter. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with greased foil and sprinkle it with whatever broken up bits of candy you have around. You can add Peeps, gummy candies, and even more chocolate. This is also a great application for any bags of peanuts or pretzels that may have gone ignored since Halloween. After the bark is left out to cool for about an hour, it’s ready to be broken up and enjoyed.
2. MINI MUG BROWNIE
Next time you’re overcome by late night chocolate cravings, use your leftover candy to whip up this decadent mug brownie. Stir together 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt in a mug. Next, stir in 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of milk, coffee, or water until you have a thick paste. Now you can add any candy bits you want, like marshmallows or Peanut Chews. Microwave on high for 1 minute and dig in.
3. SWEET AND SPICY SNACK MIX
Shake up the traditional party mix recipe by combining spicy Hot Tamales with fruity Mike and Ikes. After adding a salty base like pretzels, feel free to toss in any chewy, chocolatey, or crunchy candies your heart may desire.
4. MONSTER TREATS
Even after Halloween has passed, there’s nothing stopping you from making something spooky with your extra candy. When making Rice Krispies treats, try molding your mixture into fun shapes and dipping them in melted milk chocolate. Transform them into “monsters” by creating one (or multiple) eyes using a white chocolate melt and and a chocolate chip pupil.
5. POPCORN BALLS
The addition of some Halloween candy to this recipe might actually get you more excited to make popcorn balls. Pour 1/4 cup of melted butter over 8 cups of popcorn in a large bowl. Stir in one package of melted Peeps and toss in any other candies you have laying around (Hot Tamales would give them some spice, like those cinnamon popcorn balls from your days wandering the mall). Use greased, heatproof gloves to roll the mixture into balls and allow them to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
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