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Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes & Ideas

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Halloween is right around the corner! We all know that with Halloween comes a TON of leftover candy. While it can be fun for us parents to dig through it at 2 a.m. (I can’t be the only one, right?), it often sits there for months on end and goes stale. This year, I am implementing a few plans that will help us to use up the leftover candy so that it doesn’t sit around forever! These leftover Halloween candy recipes are just what we need to turn your candy stash into delicious desserts & sweet treats!

Looking for creative ways to get the leftover candy corn and kit kat bars out of the house? No worries! Here we have a unique way to help, a fun way to share, and several delicious leftover Halloween candy recipes to help you

Ways to Recycle Leftover Halloween Candy

Donate to a non-profit: Donating candy is one way to recycle the leftover candy. Whether you donate it to a local women’s shelter or another program, donating your candy is a sure way to help others and ‘spread the love’ without eating 300 lbs. of candy by yourself.

Blessing Bags: This fits hand in hand with donating the candy, but it goes a step farther. What about creating blessing bags with the candy? You can head to your local dollar store, grab a cute plastic bag or two and add a few pieces of leftover candy, as well as a few other items that people may need during the winter (think tissues, toothbrushes, socks, gloves, etc.).

Whenever you are out and see someone who needs help, hand them a blessing bag. This is a great way to teach your children giving and charity and a perfect solution for leftover Halloween candy!

Celebrate National Candy Day: What better way to use up all of your leftover Halloween candy than by celebrating National Candy Day? This holiday is celebrated on November 4th, so you can pass out some candy to friends or invite the neighborhood children over for a silly afternoon filled with some yummy treats made from your Halloween candy leftovers.

This is the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and come up with some fun recipes using all of that candy!

Send or take it to the Office: This is always a popular solution for leftover Halloween candy. Simply put it all in a large bowl and let your coworkers or employees help themselves! This is a great way to get rid of the candy while helping be more productive thanks to that sugar rush caused by eating mini candy bars.

Donate it to a teacher: Know any teachers? They are always looking for treats to keep in their classrooms or they may send some home with their students. Donating your candy to a teacher is a great way to get it out of the house while also helping others!

Use it as stocking stuffers: This is my personal favorite solution for leftover Halloween candy. Why not put it to good use and add it to the kids’ stockings this year? I love finding little goodies like this in my stocking on Christmas morning and I know my kids feel the same! This is a great way to get rid of all that candy without having to eat it yourself.

Delicious Recipes for Halloween Candy

Nothing beats turning something you don’t need into something you want, right? These easy dessert recipes using Halloween candy are perfect for using up all of that extra candy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites: These little bites are the perfect mix of salty and sweet and they are so easy to make! Simply take some pretzels, top them with a Hershey’s Kiss and then add a dollop of peanut butter on top. Freeze for about an hour and then enjoy!

Turtle Bark: This is a delicious and easy recipe that only requires a few ingredients. Simply melt some chocolate chips, stir in some chopped pecans and then spread it out on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Top with mini marshmallows, caramel bits and more chocolate chips. Freeze for about an hour or until the chocolate is set. Then, break into pieces and enjoy!

Candy Bar Brownies: These brownies are so rich and delicious and they are the perfect way to use up those extra candy bars! Start by making a batch of brownies using your favorite recipe or mix. Once they are baked and cooled, top with chopped candy bars. I like to use Snickers, Milky Way and Three Musketeers, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Let them set up for a few minutes and then enjoy!

Ice Cream Bar: Dish up vanilla ice cream into a small bowl for each person, then set up Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped Milky Way bars for a fun way (and perfect excuse) to tame your sweet tooth without eating piles of candy.

Halloween Trifle: Cute and delicious! Perfect for your leftover candy.

Halloween Trifle Recipe6

Candy Bar Cake: Perfect for a potluck dinner or for a game night dessert!

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Halloween Candy BrowniesEye spy with my little eye… How adorable are these? Your little ones would love helping you to create a delicious ‘brownie concoction’!


Saltine Cracker ToffeeNot only is this a perfect holiday treat to make for family and friends, it’s also a perfect way to use your leftover Halloween candy. There’s a reason it’s often referred to as crack candy

Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe

Halloween MousseServed in a fancy glass, this pumpkin pie mousse would be the cutest movie night dessert or treat for after dinner any weekend!

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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars: M&Ms in a cookie may not be a new idea, but these leftover Halloween candy bars are a great idea to use extra chocolate candies, Hershey’s kisses, chopped candy bars and even candy corn to make a yummy fall treat for your family and friends.

I hope these ideas have helped you to come up with a plan for what to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy! Whatever you decide, just make sure you enjoy the fun of Halloween and the yummy ideas for afterwards!

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  1. I kind of don’t want to wait until after Halloween to try some of these treats!

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