Add Your Leftover Halloween Candy to These 15 Desserts

updated Jun 13, 2023
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After you’ve had your fill of fun-size candy bars, Starbursts, Jolly Ranchers, and peanut butter cups, you can give all that leftover Halloween candy new life by whipping up a batch of sweet treats. That’s right — Halloween candy in just about any form is the quick and easy upgrade that makes no-bake bars, snack mix, brownies, and cupcakes even better.

Those bite-sized bars mean you can toss a handful of chocolate bars in a blondie, or you can turn a few packs of chewy candies into something fun. Here are 15 of our favorite recipes for using up leftover Halloween candy.

Treats That Use Leftover Halloween Candy

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Molten Midnight Brownies

Brownies only get better when you add more chocolate, chocolate pieces, or chopped candy bars — this is a scientifically proven fact.

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Layered Chocolate Toffee Bars

These toffee bars have a cookie crust, but you can use both fun-size chocolate bars and any toffee bars, peanut bars, or butterfingers you have in place of the toffee.

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Spicy Gooey M&M'S & Almond Popcorn

Ever drop chocolate candy into your movie theater popcorn? You end up with perfect bites of warm chocolate and crispy popcorn. This is the grown-up version of that, with a little spicy kick to boot. It can be made with any leftover chocolate candies you’ve got.

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Halloween Bark

Wondering what to do with your candy corn (or any other candies you’re less-than-excited about)? Grab some Rice Krispies and chocolate, and make up an extra-crispy bark!

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How To Make Peanut Butter Scotcheroos

Chop up almost any candy and you can fold it into a batch of classic Rice Krispies treats. But scotcheroos are a little more dressed-up version with a rich flavor. This recipe works best with mini chocolate bars, caramels, or peanut butter candies folded in along with the cereal.

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Halloween Party Mix

Like a number of others on our list, this salty-sweet mix is ideal for using up every type of Halloween candy in your bucket. Candy corn, gummies, and even chocolate pieces are welcome here.

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S'mores Bars

These baked bars call for semi-sweet chips but are cuter (and somehow taste better) with mini-chocolate bars in their place. Feel free to add other chocolate candies or chopped chocolate bars too.

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Blondie Recipe

Blondies are infinitely adaptable — it’s one of the reasons we love them. This one-bowl version makes it easy to add in leftover candy. These make a great lunch box treat too, because the blondies can be cut into tiny squares.

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Jello and Gummy Candy Fishbowl

This is a fun but elaborate way to use up fruit candies. If you don’t have a fish bowl lying around, you can make single servings of these in small ramekins or cocktail glasses. Delight kids by serving it up for dessert after a fish dinner.

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Candy-Topped Chocolate Cupcakes

Leftover candy is my favorite reason to make a batch of cupcakes. Chop up some candy, then shower it over the frosting. Everything from M&M’s and Reese’s Pieces to peanut butter cups and any kind of fun-size candy bar is fair game.

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Frozen 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Bites

These cool, seasonal bars are typically topped with chocolate-covered pretzels, but now’s the time to big into your stash to change things up. Kit-Kats, Butterfingers, Mounds, and Twix are some of my favorite additions.

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Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Rose Petals & Walnuts

This recipe will walk you through the simple steps of making a basic chocolate bark. Then it’s up to you to top it off with a shower of all your favorite bite-sized candy pieces. It’s all fair game here!

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Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats

If you were lucky enough to snag Pop Rocks, this is the absolute best thing you can do with them (besides dumping the whole packet in your mouth, of course). You’ll need a few packets to pull off this recipe, but one packet is plenty to make a single Rice Krispies treat.

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No-Bake Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

What makes this double-layered treat of brown butter- and marshmallow-coated oats so special is the streak of salted chocolate through the center. And it gets even better when you layer in bits of chopped-up candy.

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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Here’s a final way to use up any leftover chocolate bars. Roughly chopping the bars first turns them into thick pools of melted chocolate, which make this oversized cookie extra gooey and good.

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