I’m going to take a wild guess and say quite a few of you may have a tad too much candy in the house right now. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Or you might be tempted by the ubiquitous candy sales and specials that stores put up right after October 31, and a bag or two could conceivably find their way to your cart all on their own. Don’t laugh, I’ve seen it happen.
So what do you do with all that extra candy? Short of just plain sitting on the couch with a bowlful and having at it, of course. If that’s not your style, or if the presence of house guests means you need to temporarily feign some semblance of candy manners, here are a few ways to put that lovely candy to good use.
Leftover Candy Hand Pies: super simple and great slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream. All you need is three ingredients—two, really, if your leftover candy includes plain dark chocolate.
Or go for the big guns and make whole pies. You can whip up a Chocolate Candy Bar Pie if your leftover candy consists mostly of plain chocolate, or make a Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzel-Crust Pie if you have leftover pretzels and peanut butter candy!
Take 5 Candy Bar Cookies: big cookies with big flavor, thanks to chocolate chunks, Take 5 candy bar pieces, and the salty crunch of pretzels. Go ahead and substitute your favorite leftover candy bar pieces!
Keeping with the cookie and sweet and salty theme, try these Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies! They’re gooey and chewy and packed with honey roasted peanuts, Reese’s pieces, and Heath bars. Or skip the peanuts and go for the Reese’s Peanut Butter Caramel Bars instead. They have peanut butter, caramel candies, chocolate chips, and Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Of course, there are other options too, like chocolate bark and fudge. Or you can chop them up into small pieces, find an excuse to invite friends, family, and kids over for dessert and set up an ice cream bar with lots of candy toppings!
How about you? Any suggestions for re-purposing leftover candy? Actually, do you even have any leftover candy? If don’t, you might want to pick some up anyway and try one of the recipes here. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Have a wonderful chocolate-coated, caramel-filled weekend, everyone!