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40 Genius Uses For Leftover Halloween Candy!

OK, it’s the day after, the day after Halloween and I have GOT to figure out how to get rid of this candy that I keep mindlessly eating! Thankfully Kaitlyn is in the same boat and has a whole bunch of ideas for us! Yay!

Kaitlyn writes……….  Even though my husband and I are a tad too old to go trick-or-treating, it has not prevented us from somehow being up to our eyeballs in fun-size candy bars! Normally these would reside in a bowl on my counter as we gradually consume the entire bowl full. But I recently discovered lots OTHER ways to use these sinful little morsels that don’t affect my waistline (well, at least not all at once!)  Check out these great Recipes, Activities, and Donation ideas! ;-)


Here are 17 recipes that transform leftover candy into a delicious dessert! You could also store leftover candy in the freezer and save these recipes for a few weeks or months down the road!

Kit-Kat S’mores Bars from Very Culinary

I love s’mores but I hate how messy they are! These bars look delicious and with a lot less mess.

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Milky Way Caramel Apple Dip from Tatertots & Jello

As if caramel dip isn’t yummy enough! Chopped up Milky Way candy bars take it to the next level.

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Twix Caramel Popcorn from Two Peas & Their Pod

This popcorn looks like the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

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Better Than Anything Butterfinger Cake from Chef in Training

I’ve seen versions of this cake that used crushed Heath Bars on top, but I’m dying to try this one with Butterfingers!

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Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Banana Pops from Real Simple

The perfect way to trick your kids into eating fruit ;-)

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Snicker’s Milkshakes from Spoon Fork Bacon

I’m not even a milkshake fan and I’m thinking about making these. Sounds like a heavenly combination of chocolate and caramel!

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Rolo Cookies from Chef in Training

I’ve had these a few times before and they are absolutely delectable. They’re especially good right out of the oven when the caramel is still gooey!

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Nestle Crunch Bowls from Nestle USA

These edible bowls would be a definite crowd pleaser at any dinner party! Beautiful and tasty too!

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Take 5 Poke Cake from The Domestic Rebel 

This cake is similar to the Butterfinger one I linked to above. I can’t decide which combination sounds better!

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3 Musketeers Cupcakes from Cookies & Cups

When I was a kid the 3 Musketeers were always the last candy bar left in my Halloween stash . They’re just not my favorite.  But the light and fluffy center of a 3 Musketeers seems like the perfect thing to mix into a cupcake and icing!

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Almond Joy Crescent Rolls from Crazy for Crust

When I was in 5th grade I ran for student  council and my slogan was “You won’t get a nut in this Joy” because my middle name is Joy! All of my posters had Almond Joy bars on them. My mom even made me a visor to wear around during the campaign that had an Almond Joy bar attached to it! That story really has nothing to do with this recipe…..but these Almond Joy crescent rolls sure look delicious! :-)

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Candy Corn Magic Bars from Crazy for Crust

I am a complete sucker for Magic Bars of any kind. These ones look so fun with the addition of candy corn!

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Bring the Heath Doughnuts from Mom on Timeout

These doughnuts are baked so that’s mean they’re super healthy right? ;-)

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Candy Bar Crusher Cookies from Picky Palate

When in doubt just crush up all the leftover candy bars and throw them in a cookie! Yum!

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Leftover Candy Hand Pies from Buzzfeed

…or throw them in a hand pie!

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Melted Candy Bar Hot Chocolate from Momtastic

Or how about just melting them into hot chocolate? I think this one will become my go-to post Halloween recipe!

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Fruit Kabobs from iVillage

Who knew mini candy bars and marshmallows could look so sophisticated?

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How about combating the Halloween sugar coma with some fun learning experiences and activities? Here are 19 creative ideas for getting rid of all the candy.

Tootsie Roll Pop Math from A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Who hasn’t wondered just how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

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Pop Rocks Expander from Steve Spangler Science

This fun experiment teaches kids why pop rocks behave the way they do when you put them in your mouth!

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Candy Potions from Housing a Forest

I love this idea of creating potions with candy. What a fun way to spark creativity in kids!

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Balancing with M&M’s from Inspiration Laboratories

I bet kids would love to try this project with lots of different types of candy! For example they could figure out how many sweet tarts it takes to balance out a certain number of M&M’s.

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Dissolving Candy Pumpkins from Lemon Lime Adventures

This experiment involves dissolving candy pumpkins in different kinds of liquid and having kids record predictions observations. What a fun way to teach kids about how to conduct an experiment!

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Sink or Float Candy Science from Reading Confetti

Another fun candy science experiment!

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Preschool Science: Exploring Candy from Gift of Curiosity

A few more fun ideas for candy science experiments.

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Candy Experiments from Teach Mama

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Glossy Skittles Paint from Mama.Papa.Bubba

Vibrant paint colors made with some Skittles and corn starch!

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Candy Chromatography from Mama Miss

Another great candy painting project – this time with Nerds and coffee filters.

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Candy Train Game from Play Trains 

If you have a train set this is a darling idea for turning candy into a game!

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Candy Under the Cup Game from Kids Activities Blog

I think this game would be fun for adults and kids!

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Candy Letter Recognition Game from Reading Confetti

This is a perfect activity for little ones just learning their letters.

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Halloween Candy Math from Chicken Babies

Click on the link above to get some fantastic free Halloween candy math printables!

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November Advent Calendar from Alpha Mom

This is a great way to ensure that all the candy isn’t eaten in one day!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treat Cups from Shaken Together

If you can manage to save Halloween candy until Thanksgiving make these cute treat cups to decorate the table and serve as a pre-dinner snack.

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Thanksgiving Place Cards from  The Creative Mom

Or how about using candy for Thanksgiving place cards?

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Leftover Candy Scavenger Hunt from 30 Handmade Days

This is a darling idea for a candy scavenger hunt for your sweetie!

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Halloween Candy Love Message from The Dating Divas

Or how about writing a message for your loved one in candy?

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I love the idea of using Halloween as an opportunity to teach kids about giving! Here are a few options for donating Halloween candy.

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to the troops all year long but they collect Halloween candy in November. Click here for shipping instructions.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back 

This is another way to give back to the troops! Kids can trade their candy for prizes at local dentist offices. Dentists then send the candy to the troops. Click here to find a participating dentist office near you.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House provides an amazing service for sick kids and their families all over the world. Click here to find the a chapter close to you where you can take leftover candy.

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The Switch Witch

And finally, if you want to get the candy out of the house as soon as possible invite the Switch Witch over! There is a book and a darling Switch Witch doll to go along with this tradition. Click here to read about the legend of the Switch Witch. The basic idea is that the Switch Witch (Mom and Dad) switches out kids’ candy for a little present. Then parents can donate the candy to one of the great organizations I listed above.

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How do YOU get rid of all that Halloween candy?! :-)

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  • I really like the place card, advent countdown and learning ideas. As for the recipes I think we are better off just eating the candy, and avoiding that candy now inside a rich dessert.
    I could definitely get behind the fruit kabobs though as long as I could lose the marshmallows.

  • I love these ideas.. I think I will have to try several of them. I have a granddaughter that will be turning 8 soon and she would love doing some of the experiments.

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