Are you ready to get inundated with Halloween candy tomorrow night? Maybe it’s leftover candy or maybe it’s the loot your kiddos came home with. How much will you have, and how quickly will it disappear? Is dropping the excess off at work an option for you? Or will it go uneaten for weeks or months, as your coworkers have their own stashes at home they’re eating through?
Want to know a secret? It disappears a lot quicker, especially at work, when you cook or bake with it. You’re bringing something new to the table, something that nobody is sick of (yet). With that in mind, the #SundaySupper crew are sharing some of their favorite recipes for using up leftover Halloween candy.
I went with a no-bake dessert – an rich, peanut buttery, chocolatey bar made with Rice Krispies cereal and topped with our favorite candy bars. I used KitKats and Twix, but peanut butter cups would be amazing on this. It takes only a few minutes to put together, and when I sent it to work with my hubby, was gone in just a few hours. I call that a win.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the #SundaySupper recipes designed to help you use up your Halloween candy, at the bottom of this post.
Leftover Candy Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars
Adapted from Averie Cooks
Makes 16 large squares
Ingredients for the Peanut Butter Crunch Base:
- cooking spray
- 1 c. creamy peanut butter (not natural peanut butter)
- 1/2 c. light corn syrup
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- 3 c. Rice Krispies cereal
Ingredients for the Chocolate Crunch Topping
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter (same used for the base)
- 1 c. Rice Krispies cereal
- Leftover Halloween candy, 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped, or about 8-15 snack-sized bars (I used a mix of Kit Kats and Twix)
Prep: Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil. Spray bottom and sides with cooking spray and set aside.
Make the Base: In a large microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter, corn syrup and both sugars. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and microwave another 45-60 seconds, until well combined and the sugars are mostly melted. Stir in vanilla. Finally, stir in Rice Krispies cereal. Pour into prepared pan, evening out with a spatula.
Make the Topping: In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and pop back in for another 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is completed melted and mixed complete with peanut butter. Add cereal to coat. Layer on top of peanut butter base, using a spatula to press evenly.
Finish: Quickly add leftover chopped up Halloween candy, pressing slightly into still-warm chocolate-peanut butter layer. Allow to set for an hour or two, refrigerating if needed.
Store at room temperature. Bars will keep for at least a week.
Looking for more ideas on using up your Halloween candy? Check out the below recipes. And big thanks to T.R. Crumbly from Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting this weekend’s event!
- Candy Bar Blondies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Seven Layer Candy Bar by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Halloween Hangover Blondies by Cricket’s Confections
- Leftover Candy Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bars by Books n’ Cooks
- Gooey Candy Bar Brownie Cups by Desserts Required
- Leftover Candy Stuffed Brownies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes by Sunday Supper Movement
- Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Cake by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Pumpkin Chocolate Cake by NinjaBaker
- Candy Bar Truffles by The Crumby Cupcake
- Candy Filled Lollipops by The Freshman Cook
- Nutty Candy Bar Fudge by And She Cooks
- Butterfinger Biscotti by The Redhead Baker
- Candy Bar Oatmeal Cookies by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Full of Secrets Chocolate Chip Cookies by What Smells So Good?
- Candy Popcorn Balls by Palatable Pastime
- Inside Out Caramel Apple Muffins by Caroline’s Cooking
- Under the Sea Snack Mix by Pies and Plots
- Lemon Drop Chicken Chow Mein by Mindy’s Cooking Obsession
- Snickapplebutterway Salad by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
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