In the days following Halloween, we are inevitably left nursing some wicked hangovers while simultaneously at a loss about what to do with the bags of leftover Halloween candy which were somehow never handed out to any Trick-Or-Treaters. (Okay, maybe that part was intentional.)
Sure, you could force yourself to eat it all over the course of the holidays. But wouldn’t it also be amazing if you could somehow utilize this plethora of candy and create something useful with it? Something that would “wow” friends and family alike?
Well, the most obvious and brilliant solution is to take that candy and incorporate it into some delicious dessert recipes. This way, you have something sweet to serve at Thanksgiving without ever having to re-purchase candy. It’s like a cheapskate dessert-lover’s dream come true!
Here are just a few recipes to get you started on this frugal foodie journey — just try not to eat the entire bag of candy before you make it through the recipe.
1. Snickers Cookie Bars
Sure, you could just hoover those miniature Snickers bars — but why not use them to show off your culinary prowess instead? And then hoover them? Recipe HERE.
2. M&M Oatmeal Cookies
What are you supposed to do with all of those little “fun-sized” packs of M&M’s? Turn them into delicious cookies, obviously! Recipe HERE.
2. Sweet ‘N Salty Halloween Chex Mix
This is a deliciously munchy and snack-able way to utilize those extra bits of candy corn you’ll inevitably have lying around in the days following Halloween. Recipe HERE.
3. Butterfinger Pie
This pie only requires four ingredients, so you have ZERO EXCUSE not to try this out after the trick-or-treaters are gone. Recipe HERE.
4. Skittles Popcorn
Skittles are more versatile than you might think — melt them on the stovetop as an easy way to update boring old popcorn. Recipe HERE.
5. Twix Cookies
Um, taking two delicious things and smashing them together? YES PLEASE. Recipe HERE.
6. Rolo Cookie Cups
Chocolate + caramel + cookies = dessert-gasm. Recipe HERE.
7. 3 Musketeers Rice Krispie Treats
This will make you appreciate the 3 Musketeers candy bar in a whole new light. Recipe HERE.
8. Nerds Cupcakes
Adding this sour candy to vanilla cupcake mix is an unexpectedly brilliant dessert hack. Don’t forget to sprinkle them liberally on top, too. Recipe HERE.
9. Milky Way Poke Cake
This dessert gets its name from the fact that you poke holes into the cake before pouring the melted caramel mixture over it. (*Swoon face*) Recipe HERE.
10. Kit Kat Cupcakes
Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece o’ that ENTIRE PAN OF CUPCAKES PLEASE. Recipe HERE.
11. Jolly Rancher-Infused Vodka
Look, if you don’t think candy-infused vodka counts as dessert, you can meet me outside after school and we can duke it out. It’s sweet, it’s delicious, and the fact that it maybe gets you hammered is just an added bonus! Recipe HERE.