Food & Beverage · Seasonal & Holiday

How to Turn Halloween Candy in Gourmet Desserts

There hasn’t been a lot of Halloweens in my life where I have an abundance of candy left over afterwards, but that’s because I have a candy problem. Most people have self-control, and after buying gigantic bulk bags of candy, have tons left over. Giving it to your kids would probably be okay, but what fun is that? They got to have Halloween, let the adults have some fun with candy by turning it into restaurant-worthy, gourmet desserts.

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If you don’t have kids, or live in a rural area, you might not have much candy laying around. I highly encourage you to check out these recipes, though so you need to get some! Try out the Candy Club! You can get $20 off your first Candy Club order with these promo codes, then you can impress your family this winter with your craft, candy desserts.

We broke down the candies into five main categories and will instruct you on how to convert each one into a gourmet ingredient.

Gummy Bear Decorated Cake

Gummy Candies

Did you know that gummy candies are amazing when added to clear, high-proof alcohol? You can customize our own booze with any variety of gummy candy. Infuse candy into plain vodka using a mason jar or bottle, and leave it to sit. Then, use the liquor in all kinds of clever desserts. Incorporate it into ice cream, pie crusts, and other booze-friendly recipes.

My favorite use of gummy candy is actually the most boring. Covering the outside of a plain-frosted layer cake with vibrant gummy bears is such a cool, colorful way to decorate a cake!

Chocolate Candies

This is the easiest and most versatile candy to work with. If your kids came home with a ton of Hershey’s candy bars or kisses, you’re set. Melt these down slowly over a double-boiler, or microwave them in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 10 seconds until melted. Then, you can do everything from cupcakes to cookies, and even the frosting. Try a chocolate mousse made with melted chocolate for a luxurious and light chocolate experience!

Candy Bar Cheesecake Brownies

Candy Bars

Depending on the type of candy bar you’ve got laying around, there are tons of ways to use them. Bake them into brownies, cut them up for cake or cupcake decorations, or hide them in the center of a cupcake before baking. I like to elevate brownies by combining them with cheesecake. If you’re more adventurous, you can melt down your favorite candy bars and create a custom candy bar fondue!

Marshmallow Candies

Marshmallows are delicious on their own, but transform into a mysterious and extremely sticky dessert ingredient once you melt them down. Place them marshmallows in a pot over medium heat and slowly melt them down. You’ll want to use a spatula to scrape the sides to the marshmallow doesn’t burn, but prepare for things to be very, very sticky. Then, use the results to make this delicious Chocolate Marshmallow Icebox pie!

Hard Candy

These brightly colored candies invite you to bite, but don’t do it! They’re hard as rocks and take half an hour to even make a dent in. Luckily, there are ways to use these candies that make them not only more fun to eat, but easier! Check out this recipe for lollipops made from Jolly Ranchers!