Five delicious ways to use leftover Halloween candy

It never fails. Every year when Halloween rolls around, I always end up with a slew of candy.

The thing is, I don't even know where it comes from! I don't have kids. I don't go trick-or-treating (although I have to say, I would totally do it if I could!). Yet every year, I always end up with a few bags of sugary sweet confections that had been abandoned by their owners and given to me.

Usually I’m really excited about free candy. I mean, what could be better than free candy? It’s candy, so it’s awesome. And it’s FREE, which makes it even MORE awesome.

But by the second day of gorging myself of those sweet morsels compactly wrapped in brightly colored cellophane, I wake up from my sugar coma vowing to never eat another piece of candy as long as I live. Granted, that vow usually lasts all of 10 minutes, but that’s not the point here!

The point is, the day after Halloween, and even the month after Halloween, you’re probably still wading through bottomless pumpkin buckets, wondering what you’re going to do with all of that candy.

So rather than forcing you to suffer through the indulgence of consuming pounds and pounds of candy over the next few weeks, I’ve put together a list of items you can make out of your leftover Halloween candy! Keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily healthy alternatives, but I guarantee they’re a lot more satisfying than eating 27 fun size candy bars in a row.

The following are the top five ways to use your leftover Halloween candy. Enjoy!

  1. Tootsie Roll fudge via foodblogga. Tootsie Rolls may not be all that great on their own, but this recipe transforms them into a delectable treat no one will be able to resist!
  2. Leftover Halloween Candy Pie via CakeSpy. Pie crust. A bunch of candy. Enough said.
  3. Candy milkshake via Parenting. This one is so simple — just add your favorite ice cream, mini candy bars and blend! (just add your favorite and blend!) 
  4. DIY trail mix. If you have to eat candy, it’s always best when mixed with some healthy ingredients (or is it the other way around?) So make your own trail mix using chocolate candies that won’t melt easily, such as M&Ms. Then just add some pretzels, nuts and dried fruit, and you’re good to go!
  5. Flourless Halloween Monster Cookies via Sweet Sugar Belle. These cookies are easy to make, delicious to eat, and they’ll take your leftover candy the extra mile.

Now I want to know what ideas you can come up with for utilizing extra Halloween candy! Leave your suggestions in the comments section and I'll choose one to actually make and feature right here on Blogging for Change!

Jessica Horton is a former copywriter and community manager at MMI.