7 Irresistible Desserts To Put Your Candy Stash to Good Use For a Sprinkle of Fun

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Wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy? Sure, just eating it all is always an option, but why not turn that colorful stash into irresistible treats that go beyond the candy bowl?

Chocolate dump cake topped with colorful M&Ms.
M&M Chocolate Dump Cake. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Here are 7 creative recipes to help you repurpose those sweets into desserts and add a sprinkle of fun to any occasion. From transforming M&Ms into a chocolate lover’s dream cake to whipping up no-bake cheesecake jars dripping with caramel and topped with candy, these recipes are here to rescue your leftover candy.

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M&M Chocolate Dump Cake

Transform your spare M&Ms into a mouthwatering dump cake that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Just scatter your candies on top, bake to perfection, and watch as they melt into a colorful, chocolatey masterpiece. It’s a simple, crowd-pleasing way to turn a handful of candy into a full-blown dessert.
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Air Fryer M&M Cookies

Stack of Air Fryer M&M Cookies.
Air Fryer M&M Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Why not toss those M&Ms into some cookie dough and let the air fryer do the rest? In minutes, you’ll have irresistible cookies that are crunchy on the outside with melty M&M surprises inside. It’s a quick treat that brings out the best of your candy bowl.
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White Chocolate Popcorn with M&Ms

White chocolate popcorn with m&m's.
White Chocolate Popcorn with M&Ms. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Take movie night up a notch with white chocolate popcorn sprinkled with candy. It’s a delightful mix of salty and sweet, with pops of color that make every bite a mini celebration. This snackable treat is a guaranteed hit for any family gathering.
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Caramel Cheesecake Jars

Jars of no bake cheesecake with caramel and candy.
Caramel Cheesecake Jars. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Dive into these no-bake caramel cheesecake jars, where creamy cheesecake and rich caramel unite in a delightful dance of flavors. Easy to serve and even easier to love, these jars turn your candy stash into a topping for a fun dessert. Perfect for picnics, parties, or a night in.
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Reese’s Pieces Bars

Top view of Reeses pieces bars.
Reese’s Pieces Bars. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Bake up a batch of Reese’s Pieces bars and watch everyone come back for seconds. These bars combine the best of both worlds: the rich taste of blondies with the added crunch and peanut butter punch of Reese’s Pieces. It’s a sweet, satisfying treat that will have you hiding your candy stash for more baking.
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Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Gingerbread Cookie Bars. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Give your candy a festive twist with gingerbread cookie bars topped with your favorite sweets. The spiced gingerbread base complements the candy toppings for a holiday treat that’s as delicious as it is decorative. It’s a cheerful addition to any dessert table.
Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Air Fryer Christmas Cookies

Air Fryer Christmas Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.
Air Fryer Christmas Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Get festive and efficient with your air fryer by whipping up Christmas cookies in your air fryer. Decorate with sugars, kisses, or M&Ms for a variety of treats that will brighten up your holiday spread. These cookies make baking a breeze, giving you more time to enjoy the holiday cheer.
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