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23 Brilliant Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy Stash

Nov 4 2014 - 7:30am

We scoured the web looking for enticing and novel uses of drugstore candy bars, perfect for using up your leftover Halloween [1] candy stash. Be warned: these treats aren't messing around. Side effects of flipping through this roundup may include hunger pangs, nostalgia, and an overwhelming impulse to get baking.

— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia

Source: Pepper.ph [2], POPSUGAR Studios, The Curvy Carrot [3], Raspberri Cupcakes [4]

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake With M&M's

What's not to love about a dessert that incorporates chocolate mousse, cheesecake M&M's, and a salty pretzel crust [5]? To take things to the next level, swap out pretzel M&M's for the classic variety.

Source: Raspberri Cupcakes [6]

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

You've been warned: these chewy, tender peanut butter cup blondies [7] won't last long.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Candy Caramel Corn

Like a little salt with your sweet? Try this clever take on caramel corn [8], which incorporates candy of all sorts.

Source: The Curvy Carrot [9]

Candy Sushi

For a sweet take on sushi [10], try this adorable recipe that takes a base of marshmallow treats (the sushi rice, if you will) and decks it out with toppings like Swedish Fish, Twizzlers, and gummy worms. Fruit Roll-Ups serve as a great stand-in for nori.

Photo: POPSUGAR Studios

Graphic Candy Corn Cookies

Part cookie, part craft project, all delicious: get creative juices flowing with this creative and almost (dare we say it?) elegant take on candy-corn-topped cookies [11].

Source: Food and Femininity [12]

Triple Chocolate Candy Bar Brownies

What do a Hershey's Symphony bar, a Mr. Goodbar, and toffee bits have in common (besides being equally delicious)? They're the star ingredients in this triple-chocolate goodness [13]. Heaven!

Source: Just Putzing Around the Kitchen [14]

Heath Toffee-Coated Ice Cream Truffles

Just imagine biting into one of these toffee-coated truffles [15] with a crunchy candy-bar shell and creamy chocolate center. One look at the recipe and you'll want to head to the grocery store to buy some ice cream and Heath toffee bars stat.

Source: Ezra Pound Cake [16]

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bark

If you're a sucker for sweet-salty combos, then you're sure to fall heads-first for this sweet and savory chocolate bark [17] made of candy corn and pretzels.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Take 5 Cupcakes

Over-the-top doesn't quite do these Take 5-inspired (and -topped) cupcakes [18] justice.

Source: My Baking Addiction [19]

Movie Theater Popcorn Cake

Essentially a giant marshmallow treat made movie-theater favorites including popcorn, M&M's, and Raisinets, this sweet and salty "cake" [20] is crunchy, candy laden, and crush worthy.

Photo: POPSUGAR Studios

Fudgy Rolo Brownie Cookies

Rolo caramels — check. Chocolate chips — double check. Guess what? You're well on your way to making some scrumptious brownie cookies [21] in just over an hour.

Source: Closet Cooking [22]

Candy-Covered Cookies

Choose cheerily-colored sweets like Skittles, Nerds, or candy corn to make eye-catching candy-covered cookies [23].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Maxx Candy Mint Brownies

Question: is there such a thing as too many brownies? Answer: never. This batch gets an unexpected twist [24] by mixing crushed Maxx menthol candy with chocolate for a minty taste.

Source: Pepper.ph [25]

Candy Corn Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites

Try these over-the-top but easy no-bake cookie dough, candy corn nibbles [26] for a salty-sweet fix in a pinch. Bonus: they're infinitely customizable. Averie from Averie Cooks suggests incorporating your favorite candy in lieu of candy corn, such as mini Milky Way bars, Snickers, plain chocolate, and the like.

Source: Averie Cooks [27]

Brown Butter Chocolate Candy Surprise Cookies

Nutty brown butter pairs up with chunks of chocolate bars (let your imagination run wild) for a satisfying treat [28] with a different flavor in every bite.

Source: Just Putzing Around the Kitchen [29]

Chocolate-Covered Reese's Rice Krispies Treats

We like to think of Rice Krispies treats as a blank slate, and clearly Joanne from Inspired Taste agrees. Her version of the classic bake-sale treat [30] incorporates Kix cereal, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate icing, and peanuts!

Source: Inspired Taste [31]

Milky Way Brownies

Fudgy chocolate batter plays nicely with caramel, nougat, and even more chocolate in these brownies topped with Milky Way chunks [32].

Source: Miss . . . in the Kitchen [33]

White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M Cookies

For a twist on the classic M&M's cookie, try these brown sugar sweets [34] chock-full of seasonal Candy Corn M&M's [35].

Source: Chocolate Moosey [36]

Butterfinger Cookies

Nutty, chunky peanut butter is the star in these decadent Butterfinger cookies [37].

Source: My Baking Addiction [38]

Snickers Brownie Bites

The gooey-crunchy caramel and peanut topping on these charming brownie bites [39] belies chunks of the perennially popular Snickers bar within.

Source: My Baking Addiction [40]

Sour Patch Kids Cupcakes

Craving a weekend project with bite? Look no further than these Sour Patch Kids-inspired cupcakes [41] topped with sweet-tart frosting to match each tangy flavor.

Source: Ingredients of a 20-Something [42]

Heath Bar Crunch Cupcakes

Toffee lovers will go ballistic over these enticing chocolate cupcakes [43] filled (and topped) with bits of buttery Heath Bar and caramel sauce.

Source: A Cup of Sugar . . . a Pinch of Salt [44]

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies

If this isn't the ultimate Halloween [45] treat, we don't know what is. Grab a pack of Unreal chocolates [46] (or any other candy-coated chocolates), mix with peanut butter and pumpkin puree, and ta-da! You've got some unreal cookies [47] that won't last very long.

Source: Fake Food Free [48]

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