So, not enough trick-or-treaters came to your house this Halloween and you're stuck with bags and bags of candy, right? This happens to my family every year, and we usually leave it in the pantry until Easter, then replace it with chocolate-covered bunnies and robins' eggs. But how about putting that candy to good use.
Honorable Mention: While it's fun to transform those chocolate bars into a different type of sweet, it's also perfectly fine to stick a few in the freezer. I love eating a frozen candy bar while munching on popcorn and watching a movie, or just as a delightful after-dinner dessert.
Pretty much any chocolate bar will work in a milkshake -- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's Kisses, Almond Joys (or Mounds), Kit Kats, Butterfingers, etc. Simply add chocolate or vanilla ice cream to the blender, then pour in milk (add more for a thinner consistency) and several snack-size candy bars, or a whole candy bar. Blend that sucker until all the candy bar bits and pieces are pulverized. Add the candy after the ice cream and milk have mixed together and the result will be like a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
4. Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats
Make the regular Rice Krispies Treats recipe, starting with melting ¼ cup of butter and mixing in six cups of miniature marshmallows. Then add 12 drops of yellow food coloring and four drops of red food coloring (look for natural coloring), followed by six cups of Rice Krispies cereal and two cups of leftover candy corn. Press the orange mixture into a 13x9-inch pan and let the candy corn Rice Krispies Treats cool before slicing into them. It's the regular snack with an extra dose of sweetness.
3. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes
Make a graham cracker crust with cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter, then line the bottom of each cup in a cupcake pan with the crust. Next, place a whole peanut butter cup into the cupcake liners, and top with a peanut butter cheesecake filling. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup serves as a supportive base and a creamy (and tasty) addition to the cheesecake.
2. Kit Kat Cake
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This is a super-easy recipe, and a perfect way to use all of those leftover Kit Kat bars. Bake a regular two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, then line the outside of the cake with Kit Kat bars. Decorate the top of the cake with M&M's, Reese's Pieces, more crushed-up candy bars or fruit. If you have a birthday party or work celebration or are hosting friends and family, this is a fun cake to make -- get the kids involved, too!
1. Halloween Slutty Brownies
Normally a slutty brownie (slutty because they are overly sweet) consists of a brownie mix on top of a layer of Oreo cookies sitting on top of a layer of cookie dough. But you can enhance these brownies by incorporating crushed chocolate bars into the cookie dough AND using Halloween Oreo cookies -- you know, the ones with orange cream. Assemble with the candy bar cookie dough layer on the bottom of a square baking pan, followed by layers of Halloween Oreo cookies and a layer of brownie mix. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 350-degree oven and enjoy.
Halloween-candy surplus solved!