If your little ones clean up while trick-or-treating tonight (or if you wind up being the lucky recipient of what remains in the office candy bowl), you might find yourself inundated with fun-size candy bars and other assorted sugary treats.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have one day, two tops, where you marvel at the novelty of having actual candy in the house. Maybe you’ll even do a five-minute chocolate meditation on a KitKat. After that, though, I always find myself thinking, “Well, I might as well just eat it now — otherwise it’ll just be there later.” And that is not the way we should approach special treats like that!
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to use up that candy besides seeing just how many Snickers bars you can fit in your mouth at one time.
3 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy
1. Bake it. You can add chopped up candy to brownies, stuff chunks of chocolate into a cupcake, or top a layer cake with crushed candy to take your standard dessert up a notch. Then, invite over a few friends to share the sweets!
2. Blend it. Making a chocolate protein shake as a sweet snack or for dessert? Add a piece of candy toward the end and leave it in just long enough for it to get chopped up but not fully blended. It’ll add taste and texture.
3. Mix it. With small candies, like M&Ms, you can toss them into a bag or container with trail mix-y foods (like nuts, pretzels and whole grain cereal). With larger pieces of candy (like the aforementioned fun-size candy bars), chop them coarsely and add them to bags of popcorn or kettle corn for a sticky and yummy treat.
Got a fun idea for using up leftover Halloween candy? Share! —Kristen