40 Insane Things To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

No matter what you're left with, we've got recipes to give your candy new life.

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With drug store shelves lined with massive bags of candy starting in August, numerous costume and pumpkin carving parties, trick-or-treating (going with the kids or just handing it out), spooky movie nights, and more, it’s not hard to end up with TONS of leftover candy by the end of Halloween. We’re all about that sugar rush in October, but as the weeks after the spooky holiday go by, we get less and less interested in our candy stash. Rather than just pawning it off on friends and coworkers or (the horror) throwing it away, we’ve curated a list of 40 recipes to give all that candy new life—even dreaded candy corn 😈.

One of our absolute favorite things to do with leftover candy is to turn it into desserts and treats for the holidays that come after Halloween. Hear us out: Outside of their miniature, Halloween-themed packaging, candy is candy is candy, and no one will be able to tell you used leftovers. Need a sweet treat for Thanksgiving? Turn candy corn and M&Ms into adorable turkey cupcakes or Oreo turkeys. Want something fun for Hanukkah? Make our sugar cookie dreidels, then fill them with any small candy like M&M's, Nerds, or Skittles. Need a Christmas-y activity everyone can enjoy, from kids to adults? You guessed it, we’re talking gingerbread houses. They’re an incredible way to use up a ton of different types of candy, so get creative.

If you’re not looking for holiday-specific recipes, we’ve got you too. Turning chocolate Halloween candies like Reese’s, Twix, Snickers, and Butterfingers into other desserts like cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, and bars is a no-brainer, and we’ve got recipes for all the best versions. More of a fruity candy fan (or perhaps not, since you’ve got all these candy leftovers 😉)? Try turning them into our stained glass cookies, Starburst edible slime, Skittles vodka slushies, or Starburst Jell-O shots. These recipes are as much fun to make as they are to enjoy (perfect for the kids inside us all).

cookies n cream brownies
Ethan Calabrese
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Cookies n Cream Brownies

If you ask us, Cookies 'N' Creme candy bars are highly underrated. Not in the least because, as it turns out, melting them down makes the perfect frosting for fudgy brownies. Did we mention there are also WHOLE OREOS stuffed inside? 😏

Get the Cookies n Cream Brownies recipe.

snickers cheesecake
Parker feierbach
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Snickers Cheesecake

Ever wished you could have a Snickers Bar... in cheesecake form? Well, today's your day! This outrageous cheesecake has a creamy milk chocolate center and is topped with plenty of caramel and roasted salted peanuts. Oh, and Snickers, obviously.

Get the Snickers Cheesecake recipe.

reese's stuffed rice krispies treats
Parker Feierbach
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Reese's Stuffed Rice Krispies Treats

It's not that traditional Rice Krispies Treats aren't good—they're just a little boring and safe. These are the opposite. They're surprising and delicious in a way that everyone, including purists, will love.

Get the Reese's Stuffed Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

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Monster Cookies

The origin of the name "monster" cookies isn't clear, but it may refer to the fact that they're like Frankenstein's monster—made up of a combination of the parts of many other cookies. We love 'em because you can really throw anything into the dough, even leftover Halloween candy.

Get the Monster Cookies recipe.

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S'mores Skillet Cookie

Miniature Hershey bars are definitely one of the more bummer chocolates to get around Halloween. What's not a bummer? Turning them into this s'mores skillet cookie that you can enjoy all year long, no fire pit required.

Get the S'mores Skillet Cookie recipe.

turkey cupcakes
Emily Hlavac Green
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Turkey Cupcakes

You can turn a chocolate cupcake into a cute little turkey with leftover Halloween candy decorations like candy corn, M&M's, and pretzels. These are so easy to make and will definitely win the hearts (and mouths) of all of your Turkey Day guests.

Get the Turkey Cupcakes recipe.

stained glass cookies
Erik Bernstein
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Stained Glass Cookies

Love sugar cookies but hate decorating them? These are for you! Simply fill cookie cut outs with hard candies like Jolly Ranchers, then bake. The candies will melt then turn soft and chewy after cooling, adding a bright pop of color to your holiday dessert table.

Get the Stained Glass Cookies recipe.

numbers cake
Parker Feierbach
8 of 40
Number Cake

For this cake, we traced our number on the back of an empty cereal box to used it as a stencil—trust us, it's very doable! As long as you top it with a fun assortment of candies (even the less desirable non-chocolate ones), it'll look adorable no matter what.

Get the Number Cake recipe.

rolo stuffed blondies
Parker Feierbach
9 of 40
Rolo Stuffed Blondies

Decadent doesn't even BEGIN to describe these blondies. Try them with any variety of chocolate candies (we bet Heath bars or Twix would be great too!).

Get the Rolo Stuffed Blondies recipe.

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Gingerbread House

Building a gingerbread house from scratch might sound like a huge undertaking when you can just reach for a kit—but it's not! Add a couple of particularly Christmas-y candies (like peppermints or candy canes) to the mix, and you can breathe new life into any leftover Halloween candy as various parts of your house. Get creative!

Get the Gingerbread House recipe.

skittles slushies
Chelsea Lupkin
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Skittles Vodka Slushies

Infusing vodka with Skittles is wonderfully easy. The hardest part, which is also kinda fun, is sorting out the Skittle colors. Once you have your rainbow organized, it's only a matter of letting the candies sit in the alcohol overnight. The next day, you'll have a variety of colorful alcohol ripe for cocktails, like these fun slushies.

Get the Skittles Vodka Slushies recipe.

trash brownies
Brandon Bales
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Trash Brownies

Why choose which of your favorite candies to eat when you can eat ALL of them atop brownies? Trash brownies are the perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy because you can top them with whatever you like! Just make sure you keep something crunchy in the mix—we recommend potato chips.

Get the Trash Brownies recipe.

christmas blondies
Parker Feierbach
13 of 40
Christmas Blondies

Sitting on a pile of leftover M&M's? Separate out the red and green ones (or blue and yellow for Hanukkah, red, black, and green for Kwanzaa...) for these blondies! They're super-festive, and no one will suspect the candy is from Halloween. 😉

Get the Christmas Blondies recipe.

reeses peanut butter ball
Chelsea Lupkin
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Reese's Peanut Butter Ball

A dessert... cheeseball? You better believe it! Trust us, you and your guests will love this to (Reese's) pieces. 😉

Get the Reese's Peanut Butter Ball recipe.

sugar cookie dreidels
Andrew Bui
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Sugar Cookie Dreidels

Still got leftover Halloween candy by the time Hanukkah rolls around? Make these sugar cookies! You can use your favorite homemade sugar cookie dough or follow our lead and use a couple store-bought logs. These work with any small candy, from the mini M&M's we used here to Nerds or Skittles, so have fun with it.

Get the Sugar Cookie Dreidels recipe.

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Joel Goldberg
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Fantasy Fudge

Fantasy fudge is shortcut fudge that is just as good as the real thing. Our two favorite things about it are that 1) it's quick to make and 2) it's totally customizable! Not only can you use any chocolate you like, but you can also choose whatever mix-ins you want. This fudge can take it all, even the weirdest of leftover Halloween candies.

Get the Fantasy Fudge recipe.

reese's lovers cookies
Brad Holland
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Reese's Lovers Cookies

These gluten-free (😱) cookies only require FIVE ingredients. Be warned: They're insanely easy to make and will disappear in no time.

Get the Reese's Lovers Cookies recipe.

oreo turkeys
Parker Feierbach
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Oreo Turkeys

Decorating an Oreo to look like a turkey is much easier than it seems, and is a great way to use up leftover candy. Don't have candy eyes? Get creative and use leftover Reese's Pieces or M&M's. Hot tip: White chocolate hardens quickly, so make sure to have everything else ready to go when you start melting your chocolate!

Get the Oreo Turkeys recipe.

reese's stuffed blondies
Parker Feierbach
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Reese's Peanut Butter Blondies

We have a real soft spot for our Reese's stuffed brownies, but when we're craving a cookie and peanut butter (and chocolate, ofc), these blondies are the solution.

Get the Reese's Peanut Butter Blondies recipe.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Pink Starburst Slime

Slime... that you can EAT? It's all possible thanks to Starbursts. We went for pink, but feel free to experiment with your favorite (or not so favorite) flavors.

Get the Pink Starburst Slime recipe.

delish butterfinger stuffed blondies
Carrie Stalk
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Butterfinger Blondies

The textural contrast between the flaky peanut butter filling and soft, chewy blondies is out of control. If you're not a Butterfingers fan already, you will be after you make these. Prefer caramel? Our Rolo stuffed blondies are just as good.

Get the Butterfinger Blondies recipe.

wine soaked gummies
Chelsea Lupkin
22 of 40
Wine Soaked Gummies

We love using grape gummy bears for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different flavors or shapes! Gummies absorb a surprising amount of booze, so expect them to double in size.

Get the Wine Soaked Gummies recipe.

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Jon Boulton
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Pumpkin Pie Turkeys

Looking to get a little crafty with your Thanksgiving dessert this year? These pumpkin turkeys are just the thing. Easy to make and extremely adorable, everyone will love them! Plus, you'll get to snack on the scraps before your guests arrive. 😉

Get the Pumpkin Pie Turkeys recipe.

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Brandon Bales
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Reese's Stuffed Cookies

These cookies might look plain on the outside, but the inside is exploding with peanut butter and chocolate goodness. It really is what's on the inside that counts.

Get the Reese's Stuffed Cookies recipe.

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Giant Reese's Stuffed Cookie

When you have an excess of peanut butter cups from trick-or-treating, the most logical thing to do is to stuff them into a giant skillet cookie cake and top it with ice cream... right?

Get the Giant Reese's Stuffed Cookie recipe.

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Charlie Gillette
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Reese's Fudge

Reese's peanut butter cups can really do no wrong, but we get it, sometimes you just can't eat another one. Turn them into fudge instead and gift it to friends and loved ones for the holidays instead. Everyone loves a Reese's, and this treat makes them extra special.

Get the Reese's Fudge recipe.

twix cheesecake
Jonathan Boulton
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Twix Cheesecake

Using a store-bought graham cracker crust and caramel means this baby comes together FAST. You do have to let it set up for 6 hours, so save a few Twix bars as a snack while you wait.

Get the Twix Cheesecake recipe.

starburst vodka
Chelsea Lupkin
28 of 40
Starburst Cosmos

Since Skittles-infused vodka was such a hit, we decided to see whether Starburst could be used to sweeten vodka. Jackpot! Using red or pink candies gives vodka the blush color you'd expect from a Cosmo, so we went for that cocktail, but feel free to try it out in your favorite drinks. Try all the flavors at once for an overall fruity flavor, or separate them out to see which you like best.

Get the Pink Starburst Cosmos recipe.

trash treats
Jonathan Boulton
29 of 40
Trash Treats

Inspired by Rice Krispie treats and Trash Bark, these are everything you could possibly crave in one salty, nutty, chocolatey bite. They've also got a crunchy-chewy thing happening, which no one can resist. Stick with the marshmallows and the chips, then feel free to swap in or out any chocolate candies you've got.

Get the Trash Treats recipe.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Pink Starburst Jell-O Shots

Have a surplus of pink Starbursts? Turn them into Jell-O shots! Hot tip: to achieve that iconic pink color, you only need about 1 tablespoon of Jell-O mix. Anymore, and the color gets too dark!

Get the Pink Starburst Jell-O Shots recipe.

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