5 Sweet Halloween Candy Desserts
It’s the morning after. Your eyes are blurry, your head is fuzzy, your teeth are funky. Let’s face it, you’ve had too much Halloween candy! If you were thinking ahead, you simply left the big bowl outside for the teenage ninja scavengers to empty. If not, we have some ideas for what to do with all of those excess treats, plus the ones your kids turn up their noses at.
Reduce your stockpile (and temptation to graze) with these quick and easy dessert recipes and ideas. Some you can even freeze to enjoy in a few days as you let your body regain its equilibrium.
1. ARCTIC S’MORES
With a graham cracker crust, layers of chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff, plus a Halloween candy topping, this frozen marshmallow candy bar dessert is sweet and cool at the same time. Swoon!
(Forgot to mention that it’s smart, too, as the marshmallow does double duty. It keeps the candy in place, and when frozen, it adds a chewy texture to the bars.)
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2. EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK COOKIES
Simple sugar cookies go rogue! Chop and mix in your leftover candies and take them on a wild flavor ride. Or try to balance out the sweet with salty treats like pretzel and potato chip pieces for a fun twist.
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3. CANDY BARK
Quick and easy, this chocolate bark works with a ton of candy flavors, plus you can easily break it up and place in gift bags. And if you give it to your neighbors, it’ll sort of be a new twist on regifting.
- Gather chocolate candy melts and your favorite leftover candy.
- Cover a BAKER’S SECRET® SIGNATURETM LARGE COOKIE SHEET with waxed paper.
- Microwave and stir the chocolate candy melts until smooth.
- Chop up leftover candy into small pieces.
- Pour chocolate onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle candy pieces on top.
- Let harden in the refrigerator overnight, then use a heavy spoon or knife tip to break chocolate bark into pieces.
4. SCOOP ’N SWIRL
Almost any leftover candy works with ice cream! Simply blend together to customize your own thick ’n creamy frozen treat. Tips:
- Use 1 cup of candy for every 3 scoops of ice cream and blend together, allowing the candy to break up.
- Add 1/4 cup of milk to the blender at a time until you achieve your desired consistency, which should be like soft-serve ice cream.
- Vanilla and chocolate are super versatile, but why not play around with flavor combos? Go for mocha with coffee ice cream and chocolate bars, or take on tutti-frutti with berry-flavored ice cream and chewy citrus-flavored candies.
Conventional fair and carnival wisdom says deep-fry anything and it’ll taste better. We say why not try it with Halloween candy?
- Freeze leftover candy bars overnight.
- Whip up a basic pancake batter.
- Coat candy bars in the batter and then deep-fry at 375°F in batches until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels, let cool and devour!
- Play with colors, flavors and textures—you never know what combinations might create a new favorite!
- Store leftover candy in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
- Chop candy and use for toppings at a DIY dessert bar.
- Encourage the kids to work on their STEM skills by using candy pieces for math games and science experiments.
We think these sweet ideas are worth trying, but if you absolutely have to get it out of your house, many dentists and orthodontists offer exchange programs where they trade for healthy snacks or even donate money to other organizations for each pound of candy surrendered. You can also drop it off at a charity that accepts food donations, or send it overseas in a care package for our troops. Learn more at the Operation Gratitude blog.
YOUR TURN: What do you do with your extra Halloween candy?