Tricks and Treats to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

Candy Bag with Candy Corn
You know how it goes. You buy Halloween candy thinking you're going to have 100 trick-or-treaters, and you end up with 20. But there's a light at the end of the almost-full Halloween candy bowl. Our easy recipes—from spooky sweets to everyday treats—show you how to use leftover Halloween candy to create dazzling desserts. 

Candy Bark

Don't wait until winter to make delicious candy bark. We recommend this delicious dark chocolate candy bark, or try our special Halloween white chocolate candy bark. 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

These cupcakes celebrate peanut butter and chocolate, Halloween's favorite couple. You'll be lucky if you can get the peanut butter frosting onto the cupcakes without eating it all with a spoon. You can make these cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake from scratch or from a cake mix.

Halloween Brownie Pizza

No tricks here. This easy dessert pizza is chocolaty, crunchy, and gooey all at once. Start with a delicious brownie base and end with leftover candy and a chocolaty drizzle. Try subbing in melted caramel or crushing your favorite chocolate bar to sprinkle over top!

Candy-Coated Caramel Apples

It wouldn't be fall without caramel apples. Use leftover Halloween candy to decorate your apples and give as gifts to neighbors—or enjoy yourself. This recipe from Boulder Locavore will give you the perfect candy-coated caramel apples!

Three-Ingredient Snickers Fudge

What's better than a three-ingredient dessert? A three-ingredient dessert that includes candy bars! This fudge recipe from Cupcake Diaries is perfect for a holiday party or a regular Monday night.

Silly Popcorn Treats

Put your leftover gummy worms and candy corn to good use by whipping up a batch of mini popcorn balls.

Gluten-Free Butterfinger Cheesecake Brownie Bars

It's a brownie, it's cheesecake, it's a candy bar, and it's heaven. And these layers of goodness from Fearless Dining are all gluten-free. Even the Butterfinger!

Butterfinger Popcorn

Crunchy Butterfinger candy bars are a perfect complement to popcorn. Adding marshmallows, peanut butter, and a chocolate drizzle makes this pretty much the greatest popcorn treat you will ever eat. The texture combo in this popcorn recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter is the ultimate win.

Peanut Butter and Candy Cookies

These tender peanut butter cookies feature a delightful chocolaty surprise. If miniature candy bars aren't available, simply cut regular-size bars into 1-inch squares.

Ultimate M&M's Crispy Treats

Peanut butter and chocolate never tasted so good together! Rice cereal treats get dressed up with a topping of M&M's for an ultimate dessert idea. These treats from Cupcake Diaries can be made with homemade or store-bought rice cereal treats.

Candy-Bar Bars

No one will ever guess that these rich cookies start with a simple cake mix. Plus, your favorite candy bar makes a quick and easy topping. So if you're looking for a healthier candy dessert, try these Banana Boo Bars.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

There's a double dose of peanut butter in these fantastic cookies. Peanut butter-flavor pieces and chocolate-covered peanut butter cups are the stars of this chocolate cookie from Inside Brucrew Life. These cookies are even easy to make with the help of a cake mix!

Candy-Coated Caramel Apples

It wouldn't be fall without caramel apples. Use your favorite leftover Halloween candy to decorate your apples. You could give them as gifts to your neighbors or keep them as treats for yourself! Our tip? Crush your favorite candy bar to add to the delish caramel coating.

Salted Caramel and Twix Brownies

Having a bad day? Make these brownies from Sweet Peas and Saffron. The combination of salty and sweet in this dessert is enough to turn that frown upside down. This recipe includes a secret to making the chewiest and fudgiest brownies!

Malted Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme

Need an idea for all those malt ball candies? Malted milk balls are the heart and soul of this recipe from Sweet Recipeas. This smooth and creamy chocolate custard dessert even has a malted milk ball surprise inside.

Halloween Stash Devil's Food Cookies

Have more Halloween candy than you know what to do with? The answer lies in this candy-packed cookie recipe from Frugal Foodie Mama. You'll see the bottom of the candy bowl in no time!

Almond Joy Cupcakes

If you love the almond and coconut flavors of Almond Joy candy bars, this treat is for you. The cupcake recipe from Your Cup of Cake will transform your leftover candy into your new favorite dessert.

What to Do with All That Candy Corn

Are you swimming in candy corn? We have plenty of ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy corn. This yummy "Monster Mouth" is the perfect after-school snack. All you need are apples, peanut butter, and candy corn. Put your leftover gummy worms and candy corn to good use by whipping up a batch of mini candy popcorn balls.

Or incorporate candy corn into your fall decorating with these fun and easy no-carve pumpkin hedgehogs. While you're at it, learn the history of candy corn and how it ended up a Halloween staple in the first place. 

Candy-Covered Cupcakes

Keep the Halloween spirit alive with these easy decorated candy cupcakes. We love this adorable monster cupcake. Looking for more fall and less Halloween? Try one of these decorated fall cupcakes. We can't decide between the candy turkey cupcake and this tasty chocolate peanut butter cup cupcake. If you want to keep it quick and simple, who says you can't just crush up your favorite candy bar, sprinkle it on top, and call it a day?

Spiced Mice

These critter cookies are another kid favorite. Leftover chocolate candies make the eyes and nose, while crunchy chow mein noodles make cute curly tails. Hidden inside is a yummy surprise — a bite-size chocolate bar. Now that's a sweet trick!

Malted Milk Ball Cookies

If you end Halloween night with a bunch of malted milk balls floating around your trick-or-treat bag or candy bowl, turn them into cookies! They're so good that you'll want to make these delicious cookies all year long.

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