Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
It’s now two days post-Halloween. All of the trick-or-treating has been completed. Pumpkin bowls and pillowcases dumped out onto the kitchen floor and the candy picked over. If you have kids, you’ve likely rationed out the candy so your kids aren’t on a sugar high until Thanksgiving. And there is still probably more candy left than you can ever imagine eating. Or maybe you’re just tired of staring at the same bowl of fun size candy bars at work, that no one is eating. This bark is now your best friend. It’s the answer to using up a ton of your leftover Halloween candy, and eating it in a fun, unusual way. Take it into work and share with your coworkers Halloween candy, reinvented. I guarantee it will be devoured and you’ll be a hero.
Mmm candy… I chopped my candy bars a little smaller than I would have liked. Still delicious, but next time I would make sure they were in bigger chunks (I have written the recipe to reflect larger pieces :)).
The awesome thing about this bark is that you can use it as a guide and mix and match whatever leftovers happen to be taking up space in your Halloween stash. The key, however (and this is important), is that you strike a good balance between sweet and salty. As you can imagine, this could wind up being way too sweet if you don’t play your cards right. The peanuts are great for balancing out the sweet candy, and you could even use pretzels as well. Just make sure you use bittersweet chocolate as your base to keep it from getting too sweet. Other than that, mix it up and see what you can come up with!
You can even give away post-Halloween goodie bags ;-)
P.S. Apologies to any dentists out there ;-)
One year ago: Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
- 1 pound (453.59 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 Butterfinger candy bars, or 8 fun-size bars, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 Heath candy bars, or 6 fun-size bars, cut into ¾-inch pieces
- 8 Reese's peanut butter cups, each cut into 8 wedges
- ¼ cup (36.5 g) honey roasted peanuts
- 3 ounces (85.05 g) white chocolate, chopped
- ½ cup (73 g) Peanut M&M's, Halloween colors! or Pretzel M&M's or Reese's Pieces
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Place the chopped bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl and microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and, using an offset spatula, spread into a thin layer (about ¼-inch thick - a 12x10-inch rectangle). Sprinkle the melted chocolate with the chopped Butterfingers, Heath bars, peanut butter cups and honey roasted peanuts, making sure all pieces touch melted chocolate (so they adhere). Lightly press to make sure the candy adheres to the melted chocolate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Melt the white chocolate using the same method as the bittersweet chocolate (in a microwave in intervals) until completely smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the chilled bark in a zigzag pattern. Scatter the M&M's (or Reese's Pieces) over the white chocolate drizzle, and again press to make sure the candy adheres to the melted white chocolate. Chill again until the white chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
- Cut/break the bark into irregular pieces and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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I’m sorry, but what is “leftover Halloween candy” Can’t find that ingredient, maybe it’s just me…? ;)
Beautiful bark; even more beautiful photos!
I love doing this. It’s a great way of revamping the left over candy.
I wonder if these candies would last until mid-December… this would be GREAT for my mom club holiday cookie exchanges… for those of us (me) who don’t actually COOK!
such a fun idea! this looks delicious.
What an awesome idea!!!!
This is perfect since we bought 2 huge bags of candy and only got 7 trick-or-treaters. So I think this will be my weekend project. Unfortunately I don’t think our leftover Sour Patch Kids would go well in this recipe… ;)
Butterfinger AND Peanut butter M&M’s? Heaven!!
Even I loved the idea. The bark looks so tempting!
I love this idea! It’s genius! :) A great way to use leftover candy!
Ummmm is it wrong to steal candy from the youngsters so that I can make this delicious bark? It looks soooo goood!
We had only one trick-or-treater this year. One! As you can imagine, that means a whole lot of leftover fun-size candy bars. I was wondering what to do with them… Bark is a fantastic solution!
This is great! May I post a link to it on my blog?
Sure! Thank you!
Thanks! I forgot to ask if you would mind if I used your picture, giving you photo credit?
Hi Shana, Yes you may, with a link included back to this post. Thank you for asking!
Of course! Thank you!
sorry- I thought I had to eat all the leftover ones!
Every year I want to take the leftover candy and make something with them, but they get gobbled up so fast!
Jessica, maybe you’ll have more luck than me ;( I went bright and early yesterday morning to my local CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Target (the list goes on…) and just about everyone was sold out of Halloween stuff! The retailers are moving so fast these days; Christmas products were already up, where the Halloween treats used to be!
This sounds amazing…and totally making me want to go out and find some 75% off Halloween candy :-D
Love all of that candy:)
I JUST posted a Halloween candy bark! Great minds think alike :)
I love halloween candy bark! Such a great way to use up those last odds and ends. Plus it is delicious. This makes me excited for peppermint bark!!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing and it looks beautiful as usual!
This is dangerous…..but so amazing at the same time! GENIUS! I made these cute little halloween cupcakes /w meringue ghosts on them :D YUM
I love this idea! Perfect way to put all that sale Halloween candy I got, to good use. I don’t have butterfinger or heath bars, but what about using paydays, kit kat, reeses and snickers?
That sounds like a good combo! The peanuts and kit kat wafers will provide some good salty balance.
That’s what I was thinking, can’t beat a good salty/sweet taste. Your idea was perfect though, because I bought a bunch of candy that was 50% off specifically so I could cook with it. Love experimenting and such.
Well, I know what’s happening to my leftover candy bars this weekend! Thanks. :)
I just made blondies with out left over bite sized chocolate candies. These look great but more time consuming and I wasn’t in the mood for spending that time yesterday.
Such an elegant idea to use all the leftover candy!
I just posted this same recipe to my blog on Halloween! I had not thought about using leftover halloween candy, though. What a great idea!
What a great idea for leftover candy! I might get some extra just for this :)
What a perfect way to use up candy. I didn’t have much leftover from the kiddos, but I bought a couple of bags yesterday on clearance. Once a year I get to totally pig out on candy, and I love it! Thanks for the idea!
I bet it would be good if you threw some pretzels in the mix as well, break up the sweetness a bit!
I’m asking everyone this, if you had to pick a favorite mini-candy bar..which would it be?
Love it! Funny, I’m going to the dentist today! My guess is she’ll tell me no more candy! AHHHHH!!! This bark looks so delish! What a great idea to give it a way!! I think I may do that!! That way the candy is out of my house!!
I love that you added the peanuts! I’ve been hesitant to make this because I was worried about it being too sweet but a peanut is the perfect way to fix that!
OMGosh, this is exactly what I was going to do. Now I know I”m not the only crazy person who adds MORE candy to the candy.
Great idea to use up all that candy!
What a fun and delicious idea!
This looks awesome – no longer do you have to choose which candy to eat but you can eat a little bit of all of them at once!
This looks super delicious! I don’t get any trick or treaters sadly (high-rise apartment building in a city…) so I didn’t even buy Halloween candy. Now I want to go buy some just to make this :)
That picture looks like very delicious..
Oh yeah – this is how I want to use up the Halloween candy in our house. This looks so good, Michelle!
haha how clever! I love it.
This is such an amazing idea! You’ve transformed the leftover candy into something elegant! and I love the gift bag idea too!