Leftover Candy?

Once Halloween is done and the trick or treaters have gone home, you will inevitably have a bag or two of candy leftover. Instead of munching on those miniature candy bars for the next week, use them to create fun and interesting desserts.

Butterfinger Creme Brulee

Recipes with leftover Halloween candy

The following recipes are simply a guide. You can mix and match different kinds of candy, based on the Halloween bounty you have left.


Butterfinger Creme Brulee

Makes 4 servings


1/4 cup crumbled Butterfinger candy bar, divided
2 cups heavy whipping cream
10 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of crushed Butterfinger into each of four (6-ounce) custard cups.


2. In a large pot over medium heat, combine cream, 7 tablespoons sugar and salt in a pot and cook, stirring, for 5 to 6 minutes or until sugar dissolves.


3. Beat egg yolks in a large bowl and slowly whisk cream mixture into eggs. Stir in vanilla and pour mixture though a fine strainer into custard cups.


4. Arrange cups in a square baking pan and fill pan half way with hot water. Loosely cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


5. Move pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate overnight. Remove pan from refrigerator and top desserts with remaining sugar.


6. Place custard cups under the broiler until melted and caramelized, then chill until top hardens.


Almond Joy Pie

Makes 6 to 8 servings


20 miniature Almond Joy candy bars or 10 regular
3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
16 miniature Almond Joy bars or 8 regular, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Whipped cream for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 9-inch pie plate. Crush Almond Joy bars and graham cracker crumbs in a food processor and pat into bottom of pie plate. Bake 10 minutes and set aside to cool.


3. In a large pot over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in a pot. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Take pot off of heat and stir in vanilla and Almond Joy pieces until candy is melted.


4. Pour mixture into piecrust and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set. Garnish with whipped cream and additional Almond Joy pieces, if desired.


Peanut Butter Baby Ruth Cookies

Makes 36 cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
5 Baby Ruth bars, sliced


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the paddle attachments, beat butter, peanut butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla.


2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat into peanut butter mixture alternating with milk. Stir in the Baby Ruth pieces.


3. Spoon teaspoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly brown.


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Comments on "What to do with leftover Halloween candy"

marvinlzinn November 07, 2011 | 3:39 PM

My response about this candy (way too much sugar) is to throw them all in the trash and never eat a one of them. (When I learned the dangerous addiction of sugar, I broke it in one week with drinking straight lemon juice. It was hard to start, but now I love things sour and nothing sweet. But I also know the addiction can be easily returned, so I severely eating anything like that.)

Wellander November 05, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Here in my city we have 3 food banks, I take the individual packs to one of the banks. The staff will most likely put some in the family boxes. Also they might open one bag and share them among themselves. I'm happy with that. John

Sugar=fat November 03, 2011 | 11:15 AM

WOW! I can feel my blood sugar rise just thinking of these deserts! This year we cut sugar and grains out of our diet because we have a high risk of developing cancer and diabetes in my family. My kids 6 & 4 for the first time did Halloween with new rules. 1st: Each kid gets on sandwich bag and get to choose the candy they want and it must fit in the bag and the bag must close! 2nd: The rest of the candy will be bought by us (gave them $5 each) and my FE took it to work and gave it away. 3rd: They got 1 candy in exchange for a check mark from their chore chart.. (check marcks = tv time) I was so amazed at how cooperative my kids were! They loved the new rules! Calories and fat don't make you fat... Sugar makes you fat!

Mary P November 02, 2011 | 10:41 AM

We save back some of our candy for gingerbread house decorating. Use graham crackers, store bought white icing, that's it>

Joelle Davis November 01, 2011 | 11:53 PM

Donate the candy to be put in care packages to send to the troops serving in Afghanistan. Check out anysoldier... Pick a soldier who list many of the things they need like hygiene items or snack foods and you can always use the candy to fill the box up. Flat rate shipping to APO boxes are discounted through USPS. Be sure to include notes of encouragement too. A group of us have been sending a few boxes each month for years now. One box is shared with a larger group of men and women. You can really help boost morale.

Dot November 01, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Error in the creme brulee recipe: ingredients list calls for 10 Tbsp. sugar, instructions says add 7 CUPS sugar to the pot...

Janice Wilson November 01, 2011 | 2:18 PM

I think on the butterfinger creme brulee you mean 7 tablespoons sugar, not seven CUPS!

Cindy November 01, 2011 | 2:17 PM

I looked at the Butterfinger Creme Brulee and the recipe calls for 7 cups of sugar? This has to be wrong.

Janice Wilson November 01, 2011 | 2:16 PM

Freeze candy bars before crushing and hit them with the broad side of a hammer while still in their wrapper. So much easier when they are brittle.

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