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The Best Ways to Get Rid Of All That Leftover Halloween Candy You Can’t Stomach

The Best Ways to Get Rid Of All That Leftover Halloween Candy You Can’t Stomach

Candy corn is often put down for its waxy texture and almost too sweet flavor, which causes consumers to put down the bag after only a few kernels. I too share this sentiment, but because I am a huge fan of candy corn, I set out to find some alternative ways to use candy corn while its still on the shelves.

Photo by Viola Spahiu

As a Garnish:

In its original state, candy corn has quite a few ways in which it can be presented. From circling a plate of desserts to chopped and sprinkled atop a brownie or cake, candy corn can take any dessert and turn it into a Halloween masterpiece with a touch of color.

Photo by Viola Spahiu

As a Glaze/Syrup:

Made almost entirely of sugar, candy corn can be easily melted down to create simple syrup (just combine 1 cup water and 1 cup candy corn in any saucepan over medium-low heat). As opposed to other syrups and glazes, the candy corn version will deliver a neon orange liquid that can be drizzled on a plate or poured over a dessert to add a much-needed sickly element to your best gory goods.

Photo by Viola Spahiu

Photo by Viola Spahiu

Photo by Viola Spahiu

As a Mixer with Alcohol:

Crafting the perfect beverage to serve to friends at a Halloween party can be difficult. Especially when you need to entertain while trying to take drinks to another level with fall flavors, colors and effects. By simply adding your melted candy corn to your favorite drink, you’ll be able to add a sweet element to counteract the alcohol and you’ll achieve a color perfect for your favorite Halloween potion. This simple syrup recipe and drink concoction is absolutely bewitching.

For a holiday that’s all about the presentation—from costumes to decorations to food, there’s no reason you can’t throw the best bash among your friends by transforming candy corn from a stuck-in-your-teeth nuisance to the star of the dessert table. Anyone can put out a bowl of these waxy kernels on a table, but now only you’ll be the one to revive your inner child in that grown-up Halloween punch you’re serving, or as a glaze on some supernaturally scary sweets.

Candy, candy and more candy!

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1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


1. Use leftover candy in baked goods. I realize this is the &ldquowell, duh&rdquo item of the list but it&rsquos a good one!

Smart Tip: Most candies are easier to chop up when slightly frozen.

You can also take your basic brownie mix to the next level or make this easy chocolate mug cake even better by adding chocolate candies.

Fancy up your favorite cake by sprinkling some chopped candy on top of the frosting. Or, use a whole miniature candy bar on a dollop of frosting on a whole cake or cupcake.

Did you know that candy corn can even be turned into homemade Butterfingers?

2. Save the candy for the next holiday. Whether you&rsquore wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy or from some other holiday, the next holiday is probably not far away.

Most candy has a rather lengthy expiration date (just check the bag) so it&rsquos very likely it will still be good and delicious to use for the next holiday.

Some ideas include saving leftover candy for stocking stuffers, to use in a homemade or reusable advent calendar (you can always make your own special occasion to count down to), and to decorate a gingerbread house.

3. Freeze candy for later. Like I mentioned, most candy has a longer expiration than many realize.

However, if you still don&rsquot think you&rsquoll use it all in time, a lot of candy can be frozen, especially chocolates. You may want to use a freezer-safe bag or even vacuum seal the ones that aren&rsquot super fragile to help them last even longer.

4. Flavor your coffee or hot chocolate with leftover candy. I honestly am not a huge fan of coffee, unless it&rsquos flavored to not taste a whole heck of a lot like coffee.

Adding a mini candy bar or two is perfect for this. I also love making hot chocolate extra decadent by adding a candy bar right in the drink or crumbled over some whipped cream on top.

5. Make your own pinata. This is a fun idea to surprise the kids with just because or to use at a birthday party.

6. Make a unique candy bark. It&rsquos not weird to use leftover candy to make more candy, right?

If it is, I&rsquom more than happy to be weird!

Simply melt your favorite type of chocolate &ndash milk, white, or dark chocolate &ndash spread out thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, then pile on as much leftover candy as you want.

Let it harden at room temperature or more quickly by placing it in the fridge or freezer. Turn it out onto your countertop and break into pieces to enjoy.

7. Make a trail mix. If you love snacking as I do then one of your most favorite things ever is a good trail mix.

It&rsquos one of the easiest things to make homemade and you don&rsquot even have to cook anything.

In a large bowl place ingredients like pretzels, peanuts, seeds (a great way to use leftover roasted pumpkin seeds), nuts, dried coconut, granola clusters, etc. Then add in small candies or chopped up bars and toss everything together.

8. Chop leftover candy up as a topping or mix-in. Take our no-churn vanilla ice cream from a bit boring to amazing by mixing in your favorite leftover candy.

Chopped up candies also make a great topping for chocolate covered pretzels, apples, and even bacon.

You can even make breakfast extra fun by stirring into pancake batter &ndash replacing the blueberries in our buttermilk pancakes recipe.

Plus, make homemade microwave popcorn extra special by mixing leftover candy in once the popcorn is popped.

9. Take it to work. One of my favorite ways to get rid of treats I know I&rsquom at risk of overindulging in is to send them to work with Mr. Savvy.

10. Donate leftover candy. Want to do some good with your excess candy?

Consider donating it. Some places you might want to donate leftover Halloween candy to include your doctor&rsquos office or hospitals such as nurses on a floor that have done a lot for your family or the pediatrics wing.

If you have a veterinarian&rsquos office that you love, donating your extra candy to them can be a nice way to say thank you.

Homeless shelters or women&rsquos shelters other good ideas along with good causes like Operation Shoebox who send out boxes with various items, including candy, to our troops around the world.


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