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How to use leftover Halloween candy

There is nothing more disappointing than spending all night on October 31 trick-or-treating, building up your candy collection to a hefty weight worthy of your friends’ admiration, only for the majority of the candy to sit in a bag in the corner of your room for the next six months because you are unable to consume it all. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to use this leftover candy. One delicious and efficient way to do this is to bake with it. Whether you are craving brownies, cakes or cookies, every dessert could benefit from a little candy finish.


To make candy brownies, you’ll need…

  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 5-10 small candy bars of your choice. This recipe works best with textured candy such as Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, etc.


  1. Unwrap all candy bars into a bowl. Depending on the type of candy, break each bar into a few pieces.
  2. Chop and mash the candy bars in the bowl until they are finely ground into very small pieces.
  3. Prepare your brownie mix according to box instructions, or make your own!
  4. Stir in about 3/4 of the candy bar pieces to the brownie batter. Mix well.
  5. Pour mix into a pan and bake according to box or recipe instructions.
  6. Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle the remaining candy pieces on top.
  7. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Similar variations of this recipe work for other baked goods. Adapt instructions accordingly using other candy, cupcakes or cookies, and savor your delicious treat!