Repurposing Leftover Halloween Candy

Satisfy your sweet tooth and get rid of the candy all at once!

From carving pumpkins to making costumes, Halloween offers many wonderful ways to clock some QT with the kiddos. But now you have giant bowls of candy around the house that the kids beg for every. single. night.

Use up that candy – for their sake, and yours! – with these fun recipes and ideas. And should you choose to keep a secret stash for those moments, we don’t blame you a bit.

Add it to the batter.

Who said baking had strict rules? A simple brownie recipe like this one leaves room for your own additions. Simply exchange the pecans for your favorite chopped candy pieces, and bake as normal. Do the same with these Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. Caramel, peanut butter, coconut or mint candies make these traditional recipes completely customizable. Bake sale coming up? Your turn to host book club? We know what you’re having.

Make a cookie pizza.

Instead of adding candy to your batter, you can also add it on top of your dessert. Start with the cookie recipe from our fruit pizza, but instead of adding the layer of gelatin glaze, simply cover the cookie in our marshmallow frosting and sprinkle candy over the top. Add some chocolate, candy corn and fruit-flavored candy… it’s your choice! It’s one way to ensure that all of the kids’ favorite candy makes it on the pizza.


Give elegant desserts a little flair. 

Even the most elegant desserts can benefit from a little candy. Make Peanut Butter Pie extra pretty with peanut butter cups split in half and placed cut-side down along the crust. Or give classic shortbread a modern twist with this Butterfinger version from Savory Simple. You’re welcome.

For everyone saying “Who has time for that?” almond bark makes it easy. Get your little ghouls and goblins involved and have them add their favorite Halloween toppings!


6 squares white chocolate
1/2 cup whole toasted almonds

Halloween Toppings: Crushed Oreos, Reese’s Pieces, pretzels, gummy worms, candy corn, mini marshmallows, candy eyeballs, mini pumpkin candy, etc.


Partially melt white chocolate squares in the microwave. Stir in the almonds. Spread on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Top with Halloween toppings, then chill until firm.

Melt it down.

Why buy ice cream sauce when you have the makings at your fingertips? Crush up about 10 small candy bars of your choice. Keep them the same, or mix them up! Melt them down in a saucepan with ½ cup heavy cream, and stir until thick and creamy.

Share the love.

If your child has a birthday coming up, save the candy to put in goodie bags as party favors. Or, stuff a piñata as a birthday present that any child would be thrilled to receive! You can also send leftover Halloween candy overseas to support our soldiers. Operation Shoebox organizes care packages and are always in need, especially around the holidays. Just avoid sending chocolate!

Think of leftover Halloween candy as an asset – not a hindrance – to your stockpile of baking ingredients. Enjoy experimenting with your favorite candy bars!

Happy treating!