I’m surrounded by leftover Halloween candy! At home there’s a bowl on the counter full of candy that we bought in case we got a steady stream of trick-or-treaters instead of the three or four stragglers that ring our doorbell year after year. And it seems like every one of my coworkers’ desks has a small pile of leftover candy on it—and it’s only polite to take a piece when I visit them with a work-related question. (Right?!) I’ve had Snickers and Butterfingers for breakfast and lunch every day this week, and it doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight to this bottomless candy pit.
But there are lots of ways to use leftover Halloween candy, besides eating it straight-up. Here are just a few simple ideas—and while none of them will make the candy any healthier, they’ll help you clear out the candy jar just in time for Hanukkah gelt.
Simply toss chopped candy into a blender along with your favorite ice cream and milk, and you’ve got yourself a homemade Blizzard.
Freeze candy bars until firm (but not rock solid), then roughly chop them and pulse the pieces in a food processor until they’re the size of chocolate chips. Store in a zipper-lock bag in the freezer and use in place of chocolate chips in baking recipes, or as ice cream toppings throughout the year.
Mix small pieces of candy with nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a quick snack on the go.
Caramel Apple Toppings
Halloween is over, but it’s still caramel apple season. Roughly chop candy into small pieces and roll caramel-covered apples in them.
Jazzed-Up Rice Krispies Treats
Make a batch of Rice Krispies treats and fold in small pieces of your favorite candy.
Homemade Ice Cream Hack
Grab a pint of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and stir in small pieces of candy. Think of it as a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor called “Kitchen Sink.”