14 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy
Drowning in Halloween candy? We’ve got a solution.
Ah, leftover Halloween candy! It’s great — until you realize you’ve singlehandedly consumed an entire bag in less than 24 hours and, in fact, have no semblance of self-control remaining. Then, my friends, it comes time to make a plan for that candy. So, when the chocolate temptation is too much to bear and your self-control is waning, try one of these 15 ideas.
1: Homemade Candy Apples
Use different varieties of crushed Halloween candy as creative toppings for your homemade apples. The tasty treats are perfect for a fall party or get-together.
Make It: Candy Apples
2: Candy Cake
Kids consider their stash of hard-earned Halloween candy sacred, so the concept of leftover candy is a fantasy in a lot of households. Before making spooky desserts like this candy-loaded cake, stock up on extra goods in advance, or hit the post-trick-or-treat sales. Store-bought cake, frosting and brownies can be used as timesavers, or you can make your own. Do frost the cake and brownies yourself, though, because the frosting needs to be wet for the toppings to adhere properly.
You can whip up this dessert in a snap by using a store-bought cake and icing. If you’d rather make it from scratch, bake the cake in advance to give it time to cool. Either way, frost the cake yourself to create a sticky surface. Then, cover it in leftover candies.
3: Candy Bar + Bacon Rolls
Yes, you read that right. Candy bars pair with bacon and crescent rolls to make these irresistible delicacies.
Make It: Candy Bar + Bacon Rolls
4: Candy Garlands
Holiday Candy Garland
Candy garland is a more practical alternative to candy necklaces or bracelets. The key to creating these effectively is ensuring kids use safety scissors to cut strands no less than 48 inches in length. Once placed around the tree, these strands can create a cohesive, seamless look without the hassle of having to start directly at the bottom, then winding up and around the tree with one extra-long single strand.
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String colorful candies on ribbon or string to make decorative garlands to hang around the house. The kids will love seeing the project displayed.
5: Candy Jewelry
Kids can also put the holiday table to use as a place to create handmade gifts for friends and family. To turn colorful candy into necklaces or bracelets, supply kids with string, twine and ribbon in assorted styles. Encourage them to get creative with color and shape, and then bestow their creations to friends or family.
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Create yummy bracelets and necklaces with candy and string. Consider using the handmade jewelry as a teaching tool. Have your kids wear them for a spelling bee or math game, and let them eat a piece of candy each time they get an answer correct.
6: Thanksgiving Snack Mix
Thanksgiving Snack Station for Kids
Keep the smallest holiday guests occupied while you finish Thanksgiving dinner with a snack station where they can concoct their own sweet-and-salty mix.
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Stash some Halloween candy to make this adorable snack-mix station when the upcoming holiday rolls around.
Make It: Thanksgiving Snack Mix
7: Party Pinata
Buy a pinata and throw a party for the November birthday in your life. PSA: Pinatas are not just for kids.
8: Home Decor
Fill glass jars with multicolored candy, and display them on bookshelves for a pop of whimsy and color.
9: Donate It
This is a great way to see off every last piece while helping others. Consider donating your unopened candy to organizations like Operation Shoebox, Operation Gratitude or Ronald McDonald House Charities. You can also call local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and nursing homes to see if they accept candy.
10: Gummy Worm Margaritas
Classic Margaritas With a Candy Twist
Give a favorite childhood candy an adult twist by getting gummy worms drunk, then whipping up a tipsy worm's perfect match: a tasty, classic margarita.
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Use gummy worms for this tasty twist on the classic margarita. Your inner kid will rejoice.
Make It: Gummy Worm Margaritas
11: Chocolate Candy Pie
Chocolate Candy Pie
This versatile pie can morph to fit many moods. Freeze it for an icy delight, or just refrigerate instead if you're looking for something a little softer (or you run out of time). Chopped chocolate-covered candy is folded into the pudding filling and strewn over the top. Get the recipe.
Gather all your chocolate candies to make this delectable chocolate pie. If you have loads of candy, make a couple of extra pies to share with friends.
Make It: Chocolate Candy Pie
12: Candy Trains
Your little ones will love making and playing with these mini candy trains. You can get creative with the construction based on what candy you have.
Make It: Candy Trains
13: Candy Bar Cookies
Rich and decadent, these cookies are a chocolate-lover’s dream. Simply chop up Halloween candy, and fold it in the homemade batter before baking.
Make It: Candy Bar Cookies
14: Or, Just Eat It (With Beer, Of Course)
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When beer's involved, sometimes you just have to cave.
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Sweet + Savory Bites
A do-it-yourself caramel apple bar is always a crowd-pleaser. It's the perfect way to serve up something that's both sweet and savory. Guests can choose their dip and get creative with an assortment of delicious toppings. Make Your Own
Small details matter. Something as simple as hollowing out a few apples and placing tea lights inside can add that extra little something to an otherwise ho-hum tablescape. Get the How-To