How to Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

October 31, 2017

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today: Get creative with all of that leftover Halloween candy.


Perhaps you bought tons of candy for all of those trick-or-treaters that will definitely hike up the five flights of stairs to your apartment door (five bags seems reasonable, right?). Perhaps you’re always amazed to find that almost all of the candy is still there come November 1st, even when you and a friend ate 2 bags on your own.

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So, what can one do with bags and bags of leftover candy? Eating it plain is obviously a great option, but things can start to get boring when you’re on your 100th Kit Kat. Before you start pawning your candy off on hungry coworkers, consider giving it a new life instead.

Here are some of our favorite ways to use up leftover candy: 

Ice Cream

Stir them into your ice cream: Grab a pint of vanilla—or chocolate, or caramel, or whatever flavor you like—and let it soften for 20 to 30 minutes, until it's soft enough to stir. Chop up your candy, then fold it in; store it in a tupperware or a loaf pan. (If you're feeling lazy, you can always just sprinkle your candy on top of your ice cream, too. Call it a sundae.)

Or blend them with your ice cream instead: Blizzard, concrete, Friend-Z—no matter what you call it, ice cream swirled with chunks of candy is awesome. To make one at home, just put your candy bars and some softened ice cream in a blender and pulse until the candy is incorporated. If you want a thinner milkshake, add some milk in there, too.

Trail Mix

Add them to your trail mix: Because the best trail mix has chocolate in it. Or peanut M&M's. Or both.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake them into cookies: Next time you’re making chocolate chip cookies, reach for your leftover chocolate candies instead of the chips. Your cookies will be way more exciting. (Things like Heath Bars, chopped Snickers, and crushed peanut butter cups also work well here.)

Put them in your lunch box: Remember when you were younger, and the weeks after Halloween were the best because you got to eat a few candies every day at lunch? Channel your inner child and throw a few little treats into your lunch box for lunch dessert.


Fold it into your granola: Bake your favorite granola recipe, then stir in Hershey's kisses, chopped peanut butter cups (or mini ones), or any other melty chocolate candy while it's still warm. It will melt and then firm up once your granola cools. Voilá! Now you get to eat candy for breakfast and call it cereal.

Freeze them for later: Candy can freeze surprisingly well, so you can save some of your Halloween spoils so they don’t, well, spoil. And if you’ve never tried a frozen Twix, Snickers, or peanut butter cup, you’re in for an amazing treat.

This article orignally ran on October 29, 2014. We're re-running it in honor of, of course, Halloween! 

Tell us—how do you like to use up your leftover Halloween candy?

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  • cookinalong
  • Natasha
  • Ivory
  • Jennifer
  • witloof
I put chocolate chips in 95% of the things I make and am a strong proponent for lunch dessert.


cookinalong November 5, 2017
What is this 'leftover candy' of which you speak? I have searched high and low for it, but it cannot be found in my kingdom.
Natasha November 1, 2017
Box it all up and mail it to Operation Gratitude. They distribute it in care packages to U.S. service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones in the U.S. and around the globe. It's an awesome non-profit and a great way to share the abundance of Halloween candy.
Jen H. November 2, 2017
I love this idea!
Ivory October 31, 2017
I put any type of chocolate candy with or without nuts in brownie mix. Yum! I also give some to varies business. My son and I usually visit nursing homes and give candies to residents to give to family and/or friends when visiting them.
Ivory March 17, 2018
The leftover candies is Halloween candies. when making brownie I put chocolate candy in the brownie mix. I sometimes uses with nut, sometimes without nut. We always go to nursing homes and give some of the leftover Halloween candy, and to certain business, such offices that have candy on their desk for customers and/or patiences. sorry if my original post caused confusion. Hope this post clears things up.
Jennifer October 26, 2016
The office candy jar floweth over the week or two after Halloween (I'm not the only nor even the first with this idea).
witloof October 26, 2016
I haven't made this.
Sarah J. October 26, 2016
holy cow
witloof October 27, 2016
...and I never will.
marymary November 2, 2014
Cut candy bars into smaller pieces and bake in a brownie batter. Soooo good. And, yes, I purposely hold back Snickers for this very selfish purpose.
Tiffany J. November 2, 2014
I make Halloween Bark!
meechiko November 2, 2014
we eat some and save the rest to decorate our Christmas gingerbread houses with. the candy corn gets saved for Rice Krispie turkey feathers, particularly.
ellemmbee November 2, 2014
Best idea yet!
Cate E. November 2, 2014
As the days for freshness generally go well into the next year, the extra bags you have can be saved, and placed along in the boxes make up for charities to give to families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I double seal them in bags for freshness, and they are always well received.
MissBrendaWi November 2, 2014
Leftover candy?!?!?! not in this household. too busy eating.
AntoniaJames October 29, 2014
I put a few each in small sandwich bags and give them, with a bottle of water and a dollar, to the people standing at the end of the freeway exit ramps with cardboard signs or major intersections saying they're homeless, down and out, etc. (When it's not Halloween, I give them a banana, Satsuma, or apple.) ;o)
Summer October 29, 2014
You know, you guys do something like this every year, and every year, I have to ask "Who ever has leftover Halloween candy?"
ginger October 29, 2014
throw em in brownies for a balanced breakfast
Sarah J. October 29, 2014
I want the world to know about candy granola!