5 Desserts to Make with Leftover Halloween Candy

Milky Way Midnight Lava Cake

The day after Halloween is a day that most of us realize that our kitchens are full of tiny candy bars. Whether we bought extra to give out to costumed kids or your kids brought home a few tubs full themselves, the candy bars are there. They keep for a long time in their snack size wrappers, so you can munch your way through them slowly over the course of a few weeks. Or, you could do something a little more creative with them and use them as a featured ingredient in a more interesting – and more delicious – dessert.

Halloween Candy Lava Cakes are my favorite way to use up those mini candy bars. They’re a twist on a classic molten chocolate cake with a filling that you won’t find in the standard recipe. Any chocolate bar will work, but I prefer those with caramel and nougat centers (such as Snickers, Milky Way, etc.) that get perfectly melty in the oven as the cake bakes.

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Candy Bar Stuffed Baked Apples also have a melting chocolate center made from leftover Halloween candy. The combination of apples and chocolate in this is a little bit like an inside out candy apple, with chocolate, caramel and – depending on what chocolates you use – pieces of shortbread or nuts.

Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies use salty sweet Butterfinger candy bars in more traditional way, chopping them up and adding them to a buttery oatmeal cookie dough. They add a great color and flavor to the cookies, making them even more addictive than your average oatmeal cookie.

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In addition to cookies, you can also work Halloween candy into a Halloween Candy Bundt Cake. This brown sugar bundt cake isn’t too sweet and is a great base for all kinds of chocolate candies, which add extra sweetness to the cake as they swirl through the batter. This is another recipe where candy bars with a little variety – peanut butter, nuts, caramel and cookie centers – will all blend together well to add flavor and texture to the cake.

Count Chocolua cereal isn’t Halloween candy, but it’s a Halloween treat that won’t be on the shelves for very long once the holiday is over. Count Chocula Cereal Milk Ice Cream is a fun way to turn this classic breakfast cereal into an elegant dessert that will still remind you of those Saturday morning cartoons you watched as a kid.

Mini Halloween Candies!

One comment

  1. Leftover halloween candy?!…hmmm… haha. Great ideas here… even if I do need to buy more candy to try them out :-)

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