Leftover Easter candy? Here are 10 ways to put it to deliciously good use
By Lesley Kennedy
True, there’s nothing quite like watching the wide-eyed glee that comes from your children catching a glimpse of a basket brimming with chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs and jelly beans on Easter morning.
And the Peeps! We haven’t even mentioned the Peeps!
But after the initial candy-palooza, what’s a mom to do with all that leftover goodness? Why, use it to make some delicious, creative and just plain fun desserts, of course!
Here are 10 ways to make the most of your Easter candy stash. Just save us a few plastic eggs full of M&Ms, please. You never know when you might need them.
The sweet deets: Sure, you might wish you could shovel in all your kids’ leftover candy double-fisted style, but then you wouldn’t be able to partake in these amaze cookie bars from Persnickety Plates, now would you? Just whip up your fave chocolate chip bar cookie recipe, subbing in about a cup of smashed Royal Dark Cadbury Mini Eggs. Need a bar cookie pan? Check out these coupons — and how to get 10 percent cash back — from Cooking.com.
The sweet deets: If you’re like us, you got tired filling all those eggs with M&M’s after a dozen or so. But throwing the rest of the bag in candy dish would be diet suicide. Instead, we’ll bake ’em up in a batch of brown butter cookies mixed with white chocolate M&Ms, a la A Kitchen Addiction. And, if you really love M&Ms (if you don’t, seriously, what’s wrong with you?), be sure to check out our My M&M’s coupons and deals.
The sweet deets: Take vodka, infuse it with jelly beans and add a little champagne? This just got interesting. We can’t really think of a more inspired way to use the classic Easter treat than in a candy martini. Thank you, SheKnows! Visit the site for the recipe, grab your shaker, a few of your girlfriends and sip. Or gulp. This totally counts as a meal, right? James Bond, drink your heart out. (Oh, and if you don’t already have a great cocktail shaker, you must take a look at the bar ware at Pier 1.)
The candy: Peeps
The sweet deets: Think s’mores are just for summer camping excursions? Silly, silly you. We can not wait to try Sally’s Baking Addiction’s twist on the marshmallow/chocolate/graham cracker classic. Just nuke a colorful Peep with some chocolate chips sandwiched between two graham crackers and, voila!, dessert is served. Serious face palm: How did we not think of this earlier? (If you’re missing any ingredients, search for grocery coupons before you hit the store.)
The candy: Robin egg malted milk candies
The sweet deets: We weren’t sure it was possible, but those speckled pastel treats get even tastier when turned into a milkshake. Pass the Sushi offers up an easy to-die-for recipe that includes ice cream, milk and “a mountain” of whipped cream. Um, sold. For true domestic divas, the site suggests using robin egg candies in the same color, to create pink, blue or yellow shakes. For the rest of us, a mixed-up greenish shade will do just fine. And don’t forget to sprinkle some crushed candy on top!
The candy: Chocolate bunnies, etc.
The sweet deets: When you have a whole array of leftover candy on hand, do like A Periodic Table and turn it into adorable Bunny Bark. Chop up bigger pieces and swirl them into melted white chocolate bark. So simple. So pretty. Can it be Easter year-round? (Make it even better with Ghirardelli chocolate.)
The candy: Cadbury Creme Eggs
The sweet deets: Admittedly, it’s not often we find ourselves with extra Cadbury eggs lying around the house, but if we do, we’re definitely using them to make this milkshake from Spiced. Thanks, Easter Bunny! (Pick up a new blender while you’re at it.)
The candy: Peeps
The sweet deets: Another brilliant use for those love ’em or hate ’em marshmallow Peeps? Rice Krispie treats! At Family Volley, you’ll find instructions on turning your slightly stale leftovers into tonight’s post-dinner snack. Snap, crackle, pop!
The candy: Everything left in the basket
The sweet deets: The CakeSpy wondered what would happen if she rounded up all her Easter candy, tossed it in a pie shell and threw it in the oven. “So monstrous when it all melts together, she writes. “So fascinating to watch the festive candies melt and become gnarled and scary. So gratifying to eat the gooey mound of what was once Easter candy.” So trying this.
The candy: Peeps
The sweet deets: OK, one last Peeps-inspired dessert that’s perfect for your next spring fling: This sunflower cake from Mom’s Test Kitchen. Ringing a chocolate cake with bright yellow Peeps, and filling in the center with chocolate chips? That’s what we call a bouquet of brilliance.