Got leftover candy?
We went trick-or-treating for the first time this year and there’s basically candy oozing out of our house right now.
That’s because we’ve been going at it for two weeks. There was an awesome Halloween party at a friend’s house, complete with a scavenger hunt, three pinatas, a trick-or-treat trail (in the woods!) and a spooky trail (same woods, more scary stuff!).
We went home with three bags of candy.
Then, at the last minute, we decided to meet up with some families from school for real trick-or-treating downtown. Traipsing up and down main street before hitting a Trunk-or-Treat at a church (When did these start? And wow! So elaborate.) has resulted in the thing you have too: So. Much. Candy.
So much that we needed a candy system. Because after the first weekend we learned our lesson. Just let them eat candy this weekend, my husband and I said to each other. Live it up for just a couple of days!
Those were awful days.
Whining. Crying. Fussing. Throwing. Falling. Whining. Crying.
It’s better when we step in.
On Halloween night, each kid got to come home and dump out their loot on the rug. Then they ate three pieces of candy. You guys, they acted like I had just handed them both Showcase Showdowns on the Price Is Right. “We get THREE pieces of candy!” they all shrieked.
And it was enough.
They went to bed. Happy as sugar-drenched clams.
The next day I asked them to give me three pieces of chocolate candy each, nine in total, to make this dessert. They were a mix of M&Ms, Three Musketeers, Twix, Milky Way and more.
This easy dessert is just chocolate chip bar cookies, studded with chocolate candy bars instead of chocolate chips. If you want MORE chocolate (and I usually do), I’d add up to 20 pieces total. (We used 10 here.)
It’s a nice way to take care of a ton of candy, in a way that everyone can enjoy.
How to Do It
- Make a batch of bar cookies or blondies. I used the recipe for Thick and Chewy Cookie Bars but I’ll bet Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pan Cookies also work perfectly. Leave out the chocolate chips and put in the oven to bake.
- Chop up some chocolate candies (about 20 should work perfectly).
- 15 minutes before you take the bars out of the oven, stud the top of your pan with the cut up chocolates. Press down on a few of them to get them down to the bottom of the pan. You’ll have some on top, and some below.