5 Things to Do With Leftover Easter Candy
I may have technically outgrown an Easter basket in my family circle, but that doesn’t mean I don’t spoil myself with bag(s) of candy. But then, of course, my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I’m left with loads of leftover Milky Ways, Cadbury Creme Eggs, jelly beans and Peeps just staring at me. Before, my solution was to pawn it all off on other people, but these ideas are much, much better.
Cadbury Egg-Stuffed Cupcakes
I literally have ZERO words to describe this. Except that I can’t stop looking at it, and I want it right now.
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Butterscotch Bird Nests
Sweeten pretzels with a yummy butterscotch coating, then top with chocolate eggs. They’re adorable and delicious!
Make This: Butterscotch Bird Nests
Easter Bunny Bark
Take all your leftover Easter candy, crush it up, and turn it into a mouthwatering dessert that’s perfect for packaging as spring gifts … or hoarding. I choose the latter, personally.
Make This: Easter Bunny Bark
Candy Bar Blondies
Use your favorite leftover candy bars (assuming there are any left) to make these quick and easy blondie bars. They’re gooey, chewy and oh-so-chocolate-y.
Make This: Candy Bar Blondies
Turn those leftover chickies into candy-colored s’mores in seconds.
Make This: Peeps S’mores
The Jelly Bean Cocktail
Here’s a grown-up way to enjoy a classic Easter candy. Plus, you can create all the colors of the rainbow by substituting various liqueurs. (Vodka, Midori and sour mix will create a nice shade of green, for example.)
Make This: The Jelly Bean Cocktail
Carrot Chocolate Pudding Cup
It may look like carrots peeking through the chocolate pudding, but they're actually strawberries. To make these adorable cups, dip strawberries into orange candy melts and let dry on wax paper. Fill clear cups with chocolate pudding, and top with a layer of crushed chocolate cookies to create "dirt". Place one chocolate-covered strawberry into each pudding cup, letting the green leaves of the strawberry peek out the top. Serve with miniature spoons.
Pink Snowball Cake
Bring a colorful centerpiece to your Easter table with this hot-pink snowball cake. Add a dab of pink food coloring to tint frosting and coconut various shades of pink. Get the recipe>>
Royal Icing Bird Nest
All you need are four ingredients and a balloon to make this delicate, porcelain-like bird's nest. It's a perfect spring-inspired centerpiece or can become the perfect way to display Easter candy and other small sweets. Get the recipe>>
Carrot Cake Cookies
Turn classic carrot cake into an on-the-go treat with this delectable cookie recipe. The soft carrot cake cookies are finished off with a cream cheese icing and finely chopped nuts. For an exceptionally tasty treat, use cream cheese to sandwich two cookies together. Get the recipe>>
Pink Snowball Cakelettes
For many, Easter feels like the start of spring. These hot-pink snowball cakelettes certainly look and taste like the beginning of a brand-new season. The muffins get their bold color and flavor from a sweet coconut syrup and shredded coconut rolled around the exterior. Get the recipe>>
Three Ways to Make Deviled Eggs
Jazz up your standard deviled eggs recipe by adding some tasty flavor combinations like bacon, spinach, red onion, tomato, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil and pine nuts. Is your mouth watering yet? Get the recipe>>
Satisfy everyone's palate by making a fruity, berry-filled "breakfast casserole" for Easter brunch. Each bite will feature a crunchy bread crust, ricotta, soft strawberries and a splash of orange. Get the recipe>>
Easter Egg Macaroons
Use eggshells to bake macaroon batter and form a traditional Easter egg shape. For an extra-sweet taste, dip each baked macaroon halfway into melted chocolate and let harden for a delicious shell-like coating. Get the recipe>>
Spring-Inspired Petit Fours
Do you really want to impress holiday guests? Then give these pretty petit fours a try. These bite-sized treats are perfect for larger gatherings where finger foods are a must have. Get the recipe>>
Grilled Citrus Herb Branzino
Introduce warm-weather flavors to your Easter menu with a grilled herb branzino recipe. Add color to the table by serving it with a bright and rustic salad. Get the recipe>>
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes
Chocolate strawberry shortcakes? You heard right. We've added an unexpected twist to the classic warm-weather dessert. Strawberries and chantilly cream form a light sandwich filling in between two chocolate biscuits for this no-fail treat. Get the recipe>>
Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies
These strawberry whoopie pies bring spring-time strawberry flavor to your Easter menu. Sprinkle nonpareils in your party theme colors to make them more festive. Get the recipe>>
Coconut Almond Bunny Tails
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these coconut truffles that resemble cute bunny tails. The roasted almond center provides the perfect amount of saltiness for a delectable flavor combination. Get the recipe>>
Tiffany-Blue Macarons With Orange Blossom Buttercream
Sugar pearls give these Tiffany-blue macarons an elegant look. Pair the macarons with orange buttercream frosting for a delicious flavor contrast. Get the recipe>>
Jelly Bean Place Cards
It's not Easter unless jellybeans are involved. Tape the bottoms of colorful cupcake liners together and fill with jellybeans in corresponding colors. Write each guest's name on a piece of paper taped to a toothpick, and insert it in the middle as place cards. The place cards serve double duty as party favors.
Carrot Cake Cocktail
Speckled Egg Petit Fours
Use your favorite pound cake recipe to make these adorable egg-shaped petit fours. Get the speckled look using a cocoa powder and vanilla extract mixture. Get the recipe here>>
Coca-Cola Cupcakes With Salted Peanut Butter Frosting
The sweet cake flavor, paired with peanut butter frosting, provides the perfect sweet and salty bite your guests will love eating after meal time. Get the recipe>>
Neopolitan Bonbon Cupcakes
If you're having a formal Easter party, make sure to place these beautiful, sweet cupcakes at the center of the table. The Neopolitan cakes are topped with Belgian chocolates for an elegant look. Get the recipe>>
Skip egg dyeing this year, and dye marshmallows instead. These sweet treats are embellished with edible gold leaf for a stylish addition to your Easter basket. Get the instructions here>>
Easter-Inspired Chex Mix
Make your Chex Mix fit the theme with the addition of Easter-inspired candies. Mix one bag each of pastel-colored M&Ms, Easter peanut butter M&Ms, Chex Mix cereal and one can of cocktail peanuts in a large bowl. Place mix in colorful, patterned cupcake liners, and style on a white cake stand to give height to your snack table.