The Halloween trick-or-treaters have now come and gone. Kids will awake tomorrow in a sugar coma, and the adults won’t be much better. On a few occasions, we’ve ended up with not enough candy for the big night and had to run out for more.
The “not enough” is a scary thing, but the “too much” may be even scarier. I’m normally not a big candy eater, and yet each year I find myself eating my share of Halloween candy while we wait on the treat-sters, whether or not I really want it, and the next day…I never want to see a candy bar again! Sound familiar?
Here’s a little list I’ve compiled of some creative things to do with all that leftover candy. Of course you can always just donate it, or eat it yourself…after all, Halloween only comes once a year!
Feel free to add some ideas of your own:
1. These first 3 are the most obvious: Chop up chocolate bars and bake them atop blondies, shortbreads and bar cookies, or put peppermint patties inside brownies, mix heath bars into brownies, etc.
2. Chop and freeze cookie and candy bar bits to top cakes, cupcakes or ice cream later on down the road. Crushed Heath bars and a little drizzle of kahlua or amaretto is pretty special!
3. M&M cookies in plain, peanut or peanut butter, or mixed…need I say more?
4. Use leftover malted milk balls in a protein shake.
5. Homemade flavored vodka recipes? See one for Skittles at Mix That Drink and with Jolly Ranchers at Bake Space. I have heard of people making it with candy corn, too, but I loathe candy corn so much that even vodka wouldn’t make it taste good to me!
6. Add chocolate bars or toffee bars to your hot coffee one morning and finish with a little dollop of whipped cream…this would be really good around Christmas time, so maybe freeze them for that purpose!
7. If you are a gingerbread house maker, you’re all set! And if you’ve never seen the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, check it out!
8. Make your own trail mix or gorp by mixing candy bits with nuts and dried fruits.
9. Make Frozen REECE’S banana pops! This recipe is from REAL SIMPLE.
10. Compost it. Seriously.
11. Make a Christmas wreath out of lollypops and tootsie pops.
12. Take a peek: Top 10 Scientific Uses For Leftover Halloween Candy! The Christmas ornaments and the Pop Rocks are my personal faves.