After you’ve had your fill of fun-size candy bars, Starbursts, Jolly Ranchers, and peanut butter cups, you can give all that candy new life by whipping up a batch of sweet treats. That’s right — candy in just about any form is the quick and easy upgrade that makes no-bake bars, snack mix, brownies, and cupcakes even better. Here’s some inspiration to get you started!
Leftover candy is my favorite reason to make a batch of cupcakes. Chop up some candy, then shower it over the frosting. Everything from M&M’s and Reese’s Pieces to peanut butter cups and any kind of fun-size candy bar is fair game.
The heart and soul of a good snack mix is that it brings together a little bit of everything in one big bowl. It’s a good idea to chop up larger candy bars into bite-sized pieces.
Brownies and candy are a perfect pair. Toss in Reese’s Pieces, M&Ms, or chopped-up Snickers to your next batch and see just how delicious it can be.
These cool, seasonal bars are typically topped with chocolate-covered pretzels, but now’s the time to big into your stash to change things up. Kit-Kats, Butterfingers, Mounds, and Twix are some of my favorite additions.
This recipe will walk you through the simple steps of making a basic chocolate bark. Then it’s up to you to top it off with a shower of all your favorite bite-sized candy pieces. It’s all fair game here!
The best thing about a tray of blondies is that they’re a blank canvas, waiting to get loaded with bite-sized pieces of candy. The recipe calls for butterscotch chips, which you can leave in or swap out completely for extra candy.
If you were lucky enough to snag Pop Rocks, this is the absolute best thing you can do with them (besides dumping the whole packet in your mouth, of course). You’ll need a few packets to pull off this recipe, but one packet is plenty to make a single Rice Krispies treat.
Any kind of chocolate candy has a place in this ooey-gooey treat made for a crowd. I recommend chopping the candy into pieces and then mixing some into the dough and sprinkling the rest over the top of the skillet before baking.
What makes this double-layered treat of brown butter- and marshmallow-coated oats so special is the streak of salted chocolate through the center. And it gets even better when you layer in bits of chopped-up candy.