Milk Duds Brownies: How to Use That Leftover Easter Candy

Baking with Candy. Second only to Cooking with Booze.
Baking with Candy. Second only to Cooking with Booze.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary.

My family spoiled me rotten for Easter: I received no fewer than four solid chocolate bunnies (YES!) and an assortment of Robin Eggs, peanut butter cups and other treats including...a box of Milk Duds.

Well, that was a lovely blast-from-the-past surprise. I hadn't had a Milk Dud in about ten years. They used to be my second-favorite sweet movie theater snack (first was Raisinets).

While sampling a few candies, I remembered why I had to stop eating them after getting braces. They're delicious, but they stick to your teeth like nobody's business, even when your mouth is clear of metal.

Rather than spending the next few days chewing the suckers, then dislodging them from my molars, then re-chewing, then dislodging (you can see how gross and messy this is becoming), I decided to bake with them.

A warm shoutout to Karly Campbell of AimingLow for her recipe, which I modified in an attempt to produce fewer, less dark-chocolatey brownies.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces melted milk chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 five-ounce box of Milk Duds

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-by-8-inch square pan.

2. In small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow mixture to boil.

3. Pour mixture into a large bowl. Using strong, swift strokes, mix in cocoa powder, melted milk chocolate, eggs, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.

4. Mix in flour and Milk Duds.

5. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Milk Duds Brownies.
Milk Duds Brownies.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary.

The brownies were as dense as I had hoped they would be (see smaller pan), with a rich, though not too dark, chocolate flavor. More importantly, even after almost an hour in the oven, sweet ribbons of caramel remained in the brownies. This fact, combined with the increased depth, made consumption an exercise in steady but pleasant chewing. A spoon and a scoop of vanilla ice cream also facilitated mastication.

If you're out of time and energy, Karly and others have acknowledged one can simply add some 'duds to a box mix.



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