So you’re knee-deep in leftover Halloween candy right about now, am I right? Or you’re anticipating that you will be? Guess what? No need to fret! I’m here with some awesome, kid-friendly ideas for how you can use it all. These ideas will not only help you manage that candy stash but also add a sprinkle of fun and excitement to your time in the kitchen with your little ones. Get excited!

But first, let’s talk about responsible candy management. As a parent, it’s essential to sift through the loot and remove candies you’d rather your kids not consume, like Gob Stoppers, Laffy Taffy, gum, or candy money. Please DO NOT feel bad about this, okay?!

Now, give everyone in the family the green light to pick a few of their favorite pieces of candy to enjoy right away. This immediate indulgence will make it easier to part with some of the stash. No regrets here!

Now, onto the fun part! Here are six timeless ways to make the most of your leftover Halloween candy:

1. Candy “Charcuterie” Board

Instead of the usual meat and cheese, create a candy “charcuterie” board. Perfect for entertaining guests or bringing to a friend’s house, this colorful arrangement of sweets will be a hit at any gathering!

2. Candy-Topped Cookies

Prepare your go-to cookie dough recipe and place portions on a baking sheet. Then, press your favorite candies into the dough before baking. The result? The best mix of cookie goodness with a candy surprise inside. Mmmm.

3. Gingerbread House Decorations

Hold onto your candy for the holiday season! Use it as decorations for gingerbread houses. The vibrant colors and different shapes of Halloween candy can add a unique twist to your gingerbread creations.

4. Candy Bark with a Twist

Instead of using milk chocolate, use melted white chocolate, mix in food coloring of choice, spread it out into a sheet pan, and then sprinkle your Halloween candy on top! Pop in the fridge until set!

5. Apple Trail Mix

Slice up some apples and toss them in a bowl with a generous handful of your candy. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, drizzle caramel on top for a yummy treat that combines the best of both worlds.

6. Candy-Topped Desserts

Upgrade your favorite desserts like cookies, cupcakes, pie, or cheesecake by adding a layer of frosting, whipped cream, or ice cream, and then sprinkle crushed leftover Halloween candy on top. YES!!

So there ya have it!!

There you have it, six exciting ways to give your kids’ Halloween candy a second life. If you decide to try any of these ideas, do me a favor and share your creations on Instagram! Tag me @danaivy! I’d love to see what you come up with!

PS because I have to know! Are you more of a chocolate candy mama or a chewy gummy candy mama?! I think I’m a little of both! My faves are Mint Peppermint Patties, Junior Mints, Mini Peanut Butter Cups and then I also love Swedish Fish, Starburst, and Tootsie Rolls!! Did I just name every candy in America?! Lol ok fine, I just love me some candy in general (I blame my mom – so does she!) Hahahaa

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