I lived on a busy street growing up, and we hardly ever got trick-or-treaters. Like most of the other kids in the neighborhood, my brother and sister and I would tag along with friends who lived in “prime” trick-or-treating neighborhoods, the kind where it was feasible to make a hundred stops before the night was through. My parents were lucky if they got five kids stopping by in a night, which always meant there was a ton of leftover candy. (Just because we knew no one would come didn’t mean we didn’t use Halloween as an excuse for raiding the candy aisle.) Knowing we would have leftovers, we loaded up on our favorites: mini Snickers, Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Three Musketeers.
Back then, I used to hide my Halloween stash in a closet for months so no one else would get to it. I always worked my way through the good stuff by mid-November, and then around April I would remember to throw away the random leftovers. Nowadays, I don’t have enough room in my closet for my clothes, let alone a pillowcase full of candy, so figuring out ways to use up leftover candy is important. Here are my favorite recipes for re-purposing Halloween extras:
Snickers Cupcakes - I’ll let the photo speak for itself.
Candy Corn Brownies - My brother gets the credit for finding-and baking-this one.
Peanut M&M Blondies – We teamed up with Big Girls Small Kitchen to offer these for Mother’s Day in 2010, and we’ve been dreaming about them ever since.
Candy Fudge Bars – These are a good excuse for using up (read: indulging in) M&M’s AND Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at the same time.