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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy!

 
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.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Leftover Candy Hand Pies from TK member Kate of Diethood)

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.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Pies)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzel-Crust Pie from TK member Anita of Hungry Couple) Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Chocolate Candy Bar Pie from TK member Amy Johnson of She Wears Many Hats)

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!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Take 5 Candy Bar Cookies from TK member Courtney of Neighborfood)

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!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Cookie Bars)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies from TK member Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts) Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Leftover Candy! (Reese’s Peanut Butter Caramel Bars from TK member Tanya Schroeder of Lemons for Lulu)

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!

 
 

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Nadine on 11.3.2013

It’s time I started doing something with this candy….apart from eating it haha, thanks for the suggestions.

Tulip on 11.3.2013

Went to WalMart at noon Friday to get Hershey bars for s’mores this weekend. The whole Halloween candy aisle was full of Christmas candy and the Halloween candy was nowhere to be found. Amazing …

Courtney on 11.3.2013

Thanks for sharing my Take 5 Cookies! Leftover Halloween candy makes the best new desserts. :)

Joan on 11.2.2013

Leftover candy ??? What is that? Obviously, we give too much of it away, because we never seem to have leftovers.

Thanks to all these links, I now have to go buy ‘leftover’ candy.

Jayne on 11.1.2013

It’s hilarious to see how everyone seems to “struggle” with having extra candy. I can think of a few good uses for them. In mah belly! LOL. That said, I always find recipe ideas like this inspiring. Goes to show one can find use for literally anything.