How to Repurpose Your Leftover Halloween Candy
Pop-Tarts, cheese boards, and tricked out cookie dough.
With trick-or-treating and large parties canceled this year, you may actually have some leftover candy for once. Sure, you could spend Halloween night on your couch pawing through a plastic jack-o-lantern and accumulating a pile of wrappers by your side. Honestly, that sounds pretty great. But at some point, you’ll probably get (literally) sick of eating all that candy straight out of the bag.
For when that time comes, we tapped bakers, ice cream makers, and others in the food world to suggest some creative ways to use up your leftover candy and turn it into new treats. So here are all of their ideas for how to repurpose your candy come November 1.
Mix it into your favorite cookie dough
“This year, instead of inhaling those fun-sized chocolate bars, try using them to make cookies,” Andrea Prunella, the executive pastry chef at Chip NYC, suggested. Prunella is opening up a new shop on Halloween this year and is debuting with a cookie called the Monster Chip that you can recreate at home by adding M&Ms to your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. This technique can be done with any candy bars you have on hand, Prunella says. Simply chop your favorite up and add it to the dough.
Use it as a Pop-Tart fillingFor Lani Halliday, the gluten-free baker who runs Brutus Bakeshop, Halloween usually means she’s in her own personal Candyland. “I have kids and when they go trick-or-treating, they are in their heyday,” she told me. “But the candy glut is dry this year.” Halliday is known for making a childhood breakfast favorite into a flakey vegan-friendly treat at her bakery and explained that candy is a perfect addition to homemade Pop-Tarts. These may not be vegan, but she said if she can steal away some extra candy from her kids, she’d use her gluten-free pie dough to make a seasonal, candy Pop-Tart filled with melted down chocolate bars topped with a Chick-o-Stick glaze—and maybe even some crumbled up peanut butter cups.
Incorporate it into a cheese board“Pairing candy and cheese is less daunting than one may think,” said Marrisa Mullen, the author of That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life. You may have seen plain old dark chocolate on a cheese board before, but there’s room to take it a little more outside the box for Halloween.
Try pairing a triple cream cheese with Kit Kats that will cut through the fatty, milky flavor of the cheese and give the pairing some extra crunch. Or go for Twix and aged Gouda because the cheese already has some notes of caramel and salt that will create a perfect pairing. Finally, if you’ve had peanut butter cheesecake, you’ll love pairing manchego with Reese’s peanut butter cups. Mullen suggests plating candy next to the cheese it’s associated with to curate perfect, surprising bites.