leftover halloween candy ideas

October 27, 2013

We have a super big day for the little ones coming up this week, and it is all so exciting…all because of candy.  After all of the Halloween candy is collected this week, brought home, sorted through, and a couple of pieces eaten, this is what may happen:

If you are like my family, the kids will get to pick out a piece each night after dinner (if they ate all of their dinner and if they were well behaved) for about a week.  Then, the candy consumption will taper off.  Then, in February when a new round of candy comes in you will see that you still have all of this other candy left from 4 months ago.  Maybe you throw it out.  Maybe you get creative.  Maybe your re-implement the one-piece-a-day-after-dinner rule.

Well, you can skip those last parts all together and do something fabulous with all of that candy from the get go.  Here are a Baker’s Dozen of Halloween candy ideas for your viewing pleasure:


candy bar cookie bar

Use all of your candy at once with these Loaded Candy Cookie Bars via My Baking Addiction.

 milky way cheesecake

If you have an excess of  Milky Way bars, try these Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Bars via Inside BruCrew Life.

milky way brownies

Or, throw them into a brownie, like these Candy Bar Brownies via Miss in the Kitchen.

ice cream cake

If you have a birthday to bake for, try out the Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake via Tablespoon.

cookie base

Practically anything can go into the Perfect Cookie Base via Cookies and Cups.

cooke cups

Just the same, any mini candy could go into these Frosted Candy Bar Stuffed Cookie Cups via Kevin & Amanda.

candy ice cream

I heart Ice Cream, so the Candy Explosion Ice Cream via Coffee and Cannolis is right up my alley.

candy bark

Gift your Halloween candy for Christmas by making this Leftover Halloween Candy Bark via Brown Eyed Baker.

candy bar milkshake

Get super, duper indulgent with Candy Bar Milkshakes via Oh Nuts.

candy bar cookies

Use up some of that candy for your Christmas cookies with Colorful Candy Bar Cookies via Taste of Home.

snickers cookie

Snickers are definitely a Halloween fave, so throw them into some Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies via Averie Cooks.


If brownies aren’t your thing, or if you want to switch it up, try the Candy Bar Blondies via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

operation gratitude

Finally, the bonus idea: you can donate.  Many dentist offices will participate in a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program in which candy is donated to troops.  On the other hand, you can send the candy yourself, along with any other items of need (you would be surprised what basic items they could use, that we take for granted), to our troops through Operation Gratitude or Operation Shoebox.  Not a bad idea, right!

What do you usually do with all of that candy???  Please share!


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  • Reply Sarah @ Memoirs of an Amateur Cook October 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    My mouth is watering!!!! Great ideas which I will most definitely be trying, thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Anne October 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      I am having a hard time deciding which to try first! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks October 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for linking to my Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies. I actually just did a roundup two days ago with Halloween leftover ideas. Great minds! :)

    • Reply Anne October 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      You’re welcome. I can’t wait to try them out…Love soft and chewy cookies! I will be stopping over to check out some of your ideas for Halloween candy (can never have too many, right?!?!)

  • Reply Cheryl King October 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    So much fun!!! I love so many of these ideas, I’m gonna have to raid the candy aisles on Nov. 1st, to make as many of them as I like! Thanks for sharing on PInworthy Projects!

    • Reply Anne October 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I know, right!?!? Have a great week!

  • Reply Amy @ Homey Oh My! October 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    What a creative way of thinking about left over Halloween candy! Great picks, and I look even more forward to my leftover candy now :)

    • Reply Anne October 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm


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