For a sweet and salty way to utilize up leftover Halloween candy, just three ingredients are required! Make some Halloween Puppy Chow as well.
I always have leftover Halloween candy, no matter how hard I try to estimate the appropriate quantity. I know I’m not the only one who has this issue, so I’m constantly thinking of new methods to use it up (and give it to other people because I seriously dont need this much sugar in my house).
- What to do with leftover Halloween candy
- Stick with chocolate-based candies
- Add a saltine layer base
- Assemble your ingredients
- Move quickly!
- Let it set in the fridge
- In 15 minutes, you’ve used up your leftovers
- Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
- What can I do with my leftover Halloween candy?
- How long does bark last in the fridge?
- Does candy bark need to be refrigerated?
- What do grocery stores do with leftover Halloween candy?
- Can I save leftover Halloween candy for next year?
- How do you keep bark from rotting?
- What is the best way to preserve bark?
- Does bark go bad?
- How long does bark stay good for?
What to do with leftover Halloween candy
This year, I decided to make candy bark out of the remaining candy! All you need are chocolate, sweets, and anything else you want to put in it. I went with sprinkles and royal icing embellishments that I found on discount at Home Goods.
Look at how adorable they are:
Stick with chocolate-based candies
So I got my supplies and cut up the candy. I simply used the chocolate-based candy I had on hand plus a handful of candy pumpkins, but if you’re a true rebel, you may also incorporate fruity candy.
I’m not that daring.
Add a saltine layer base
I had a yearning for something sweet AND salty as I was putting things together.
I thought that adding a foundation layer of saltine crackers would be the simplest way to make my candy bark into a sweet and salty treat:
Also, look at how cute this silicon mat is! It was also from the sale department at Home Goods, guy.
I also grabbed this lovely dish towel there:
They have everything I could possibly desire, I promise. Except for maybe a swarm of fluffy pups. But how adorable would it be? I was just roaming about, looking at spatulas and pillows, when all of a sudden there was a rush of puppies! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Assemble your ingredients
Arrange your crackers as follows:
Put a layer of melted chocolate on top:
Then add any goodies your heart desires:
Since the chocolate is still melty, you don’t need to push them into it; just place everything on top. So make sure you move swiftly enough to finish everything before it hardens.
While I was adding my dinosaur sprinkles (yes, I said dinosaur sprinkles), I began giggling to myself because it looked like they were getting stuck in mud, and I was weary enough to find it utterly amusing.
I may have also been creating phony screams on their behalf.
Let it set in the fridge
After you’ve finished decorating it, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before slicing it up.
You’ve created a sweet and salty delight that everyone will adore!
In 15 minutes, you’ve used up your leftovers
This is a fantastic way to use up a lot of candy, and it only takes about 15 minutes to put up (not counting the time to let it set in the fridge).
You may also keep it in the fridge or freezer by placing it in a freezer-safe container or bag.
Really, how adorable is this?
Definitely! You could easily make this using white chocolate, dark chocolate, or a combination of the three.
Stick to chocolate-based candy like 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Hershey’s bars, Snickers, Kit Kat, Reeses, and so on.
But, adding some chopped candy corn also helps!
Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
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- Sheet pan with a high side
- Paper made with parchment
- Two boilers
- Crackers with 24 saltines
- 3 cups melted semi-sweet chocolate (can substitute dark chocolate)
- 10 cut candy pieces
- Optional garnishes
- Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to line a baking pan. Put 4 crackers down and 6 across, side by side and touching. Set aside.
2 dozen saltine crackers
- Cut your candy into tiny slices. Set aside.
10 candy pieces
- If necessary, use canola oil to thin it down.
3 casseroles semi-sweet chocolate
In a double boiler or microwave-safe basin, melt the chocolate. It should be pourable but not *too* thin. Add some veggie
- Spread the chocolate evenly over the saltine crackers.
- Arrange your candies and sprinkles on the surface of the chocolate in whatever design you choose. You’ll want to work fast so the chocolate doesn’t solidify before you finish!
- Refrigerate the finished bark for 30 minutes to an hour to allow it to set and firm thoroughly. Take from the refrigerator and cut into pieces. Enjoy!