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Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes

Updated on March 6, 2013

What to do with all that leftover candy?

Leftover candy, you say?  Are you nuts?  Who has left over candy?  Ok, so maybe you don't have any leftover candy.  But if you do - or if it's just all the random stuff that no one else wanted.  In any case, here are some great recipes you can make to use up candy.  They make great treats for those upcoming holiday events!

Everyone's Favorite: Apple Candy Bar Salad

This dessert salad is easy to make, and is a great way to sneak some fruit into your diet. ;)

All you need is:

- a few apples, I prefer green Granny Smith apples

- a bunch of candy bars - Snickers, Baby Ruth, and 3 Musketeers work best

- Cool Whip

Cut the apples and candy bars up into small pieces and mix them with thawed Cool Whip. If the candy is too mushy to cut, put it in the fridge for a few hours.

This is quick, easy, and can be made in a large batch or small servings. Mix and put into small bowls or goblets for easy serving.

Butterfinger Layer Cake

I made this one year for a summer dessert and everyone loved it. You could use Oreos in place of Butterfinger bars.

1. Make an angel food cake and cut into three layers.

2. Spread each layer with thawed Cool Whip.

3. Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger bars over Cool Whip.

4. Put layers together.

5. Eat immediately or freeze.

Candy Bar Cookies

Some candy bars make GREAT cookies! Try this with Baby Ruth, Snickers, Milky Way, chocolate bars, or other misc. chocolate pieces.

3 c. sifted flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. softened butter

3/4 c. smooth peanut butter

2 eggs beaten

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla

2/3 c. milk

5 small candy bars, chopped up

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs ad mix well, then add the vanilla.

Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk. Stir in the cut-up candy bar pieces.

Spoon teaspon sized dropps on greased cookie sheets. Bake about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 18 cookies.

Homemade Fudge

Fudge squares make a great gift for coworkers and neighbors. Wrap up a few squares of each variety on a plate and it's a gift they're sure to enjoy.

You'll need:

2 1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter

2/3 c. evaporated milk

4 cups chopped candy (anything you want to use!)

1 tsp. vanilla

Line a 9 inch square or 13x9 inch pan with foil so that foil extends over sides of pan, and butter the foil. In large saucepan, combine sugar, margarine and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add candy and blend until smooth. Stir in walnuts and vanilla. Pour into buttered, foil-lined pan. Cool to room temperature. Score fudge into 36-48 squares. Refrigerate until firm.

Remove fudge from pan by lifting foil; remove foil from sides of fudge. Using large knife, cut through scored lines. Store in refrigerator.

Makes about 3 pounds: 36-48 squares.

More Candy Ideas

You don't have to eat all the leftover candy - or bake it into something. Here are more ideas for using up candy.

  • Give it away. Put it into treat bags and regift it at birthday parties or use it to fill Christmas crackers.
  • Use for ice cream toppings. Keep M&Ms and gummy bears to top ice cream sundaes with.
  • Mix it into your ice cream. Some crushed candies work great IN ice cream as well as on it. Put some in your blended ice cream drinks.
  • Use it to decorate cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Check below for links to Gingerbread House directions.
  • Stuff it into a pinata. Let someone else take it home.
  • Use wrapped lollipops on gifts as a tag.

Make your own Candy

If you don't have leftover candy or prefer to make your own, find great candy recipes in these yummy cookbooks.

Gingerbread House Instructions

When all the chocolate is gone, use the gum drops, peppermint rounds, licorice, and candy buttons to create a monster gingerbread house!

Stained Glass Cookies

My mom made these all the time growing up. They're simple to make, taste great, and can be used all year round. Choose your cookie cutters based on your occasion.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp. CALUMET Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, or other suckers.

BEAT butter, sugar, honey, egg and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place dough on lightly floured surface; roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with 2-1/2- to 3-inch floured cookie cutters. Trace smaller version of each cookie shape on dough, leaving 1/2- to 3/4-inch border of dough. Cut out and remove dough from center of each shape; set aside. Place cutouts on baking sheets covered with foil. Shape remaining dough into ball; re-roll to make additional cutouts.

CRUSH each color of candy separately between 2 layers of wax paper with mallet. Spoon crushed candy inside centers of cutouts.

BAKE 6 to 8 minutes or until candy is melted and cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies completely before removing from foil.

You can turn these into ornaments by placing a few toothpicks or a straw into the dough where you want to make your hole. Wrap them individually and attach to gifts, or bake them into sticks for cookies on a stick.

Bulk Candy

Some events call for MEGA quantities of candy. When you need candy in bulk, look to eBay.

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    • junecampbell profile image

      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Hi there! Nice lens, and a very creative idea you had here. Leftover candy is always a challenge. Who would have thought of making it into salad? I'm giving you a lensroll on my halloween cakes lens.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I had forgotten about stained glass cookies. I made them a long time ago. Next rainy day, I think I'll try those and your candy bar cookies. Great ideas!

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 9 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a great site. Who would have thought to make leftover CANDY recipes. This is a perfect link on our site Zoinkies. See it here:

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      Great Lens Kimberly, Thank You!!

      the Stain glass cookies brought back

      memories of my Grand Mothers kitchen.

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      RedPanda25 9 years ago

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      you can always add chopped up lollies in ice cream - I prefer Japanese Ice Cream

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Nice ideas for the leftovers! A lensroll to my Halloween Treat Bags lens

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great idea...although my boys are too old to go treating so there shouldn't be too much leftover candy...


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your lens is SPOOKTACULAR!

      Drop by my Halloween Fun Stuff lens and say hello!

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      sam4jc 8 years ago

      Hi I love you lens, especially the butterfinger cake layer.


      Butterfinger candy bars

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I would have never thought of these ideas for leftover candy. These are great. I used to make the stained glass cookies years and years ago. I forgot how pretty they are. Fun lens 5*****

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 7 years ago from Enid, OK


      have linked you on our Halloweenology blog:

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :) Happy Halloween!

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      These are really fun ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think leftover candy is a myth. Like leftover wine.

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      brittyJK 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      jenokson 5 years ago

      Happened across this lens by serendipity and am really glad I did! Great ideas! Thanks very much for sharing. :)

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      We don't trick or treat, but I can't imagine there would be much leftover candy in our house! :D

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