After trick-or-treating is over and all the spooks have been laid to rest, don’t fret, there’s use for that big bag of Halloween candy: bake with it.
Local baker, Rosie Onderka of Jehovah Java, offers some quick tips to get you started using some of those leftover candies.
“Last week, I made a batch of blondies and put candy corn in it. That turned out pretty good,” Onderka said.
Another popular idea is to take those small packs of M&Ms and use them in regular brownies.
To get started with the candy corn blondies, Onderka chopped the candy up and folded the pieces into the batter.
Sometimes the results require some trial and error.
“My first batch I put too much in it. Candy corn is all sugar. They settled on the bottom and caramelized and I had to make a second batch,” she said, explaining batch two was baked for bit shorter time.
“I like to read — go through cookbooks, baking books (for ideas) and look at Pinterest. I look for ideas to mix and match to see what could go together. Sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn’t,” Onderka said.
“Baking is a science. Like with the blondies, if you put too much in it, it can mess it up. Cooking is more forgiving than baking.”
Top Pinterest ideas for leftover candy
Opening Pinterest can result in an overload of ideas, so here are the top five ideas for Halloween candy that we found in our search.
1) Reese’s Pieces Bars — go to Hershey’s.com for the recipe. These blondies overloaded with Reese’s candies make us want to trick or treat early.
2) Pumpkin pie party Chex mix — this sweet and salty mix uses that leftover box of cereal and some Halloween candy. As a bonus, there’s pumpkin spice. Go to mynameissnickerdoodle.com.
3) No-bake peanut butter pie, at chocolatechocolateandmore.com, is an ice box pie with peanut butter cups and drizzled with chocolate syrup in an Oreo crust.
4) DIY piñata cake — at nadmadecharlotte.com., cut open this cake to reveal the mother lode of candy.
5) Peanut butter lasagna, at hugsandcookiesxoxo.com., looks amazing. This selection is more of an honorable mention, but the Nutter Butter cookies and vanilla pudding is really Halloween candy, still the combination of cookies, Reese’s and whipped cream makes this quick, easy and irresistible.