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Halloween Candy & Dessert Recipes

Published August 29, 2012        by Sarah

Could there be a day that is better than Halloween? Not only do you get to dress up as anything from a pirate to a princess, you get candy – and lots of it!  It’s fun when you’re eight, but you know what? Adults secretly like it, too. If you are missing the days of romping around the neighborhood and collecting treats, then you and your friends are in dire need of Halloween candy gifts.  Here are some ideas to celebrate the spooktastic day in style.

When you’re a child, part of the fun is going from house to house, seeing who gives the best candy.  Chocolate, gummy bears, Smarties, peanut butter cups, Tootsie rolls, hard candy; it was like a roulette wheel of sugar.  This year, Halloween grows up. Here are some awesome recipes that you could give as adult Halloween gifts this year, or serve at your Halloween party.

Halloween Candy Bark (recipe courtesy of BakedBree)

Image by elana's pantry on FlickrThis is a great Halloween treat – or an excellent way to use leftover candy.

You’ll need:

  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 1 package milk or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 snack size bag pretzels
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Orange sprinkles
  • 2 cups Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy corn

To make:

  1. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Crush up pretzels.
  3. Melt the milk or semisweet chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.
  4. Spread the chocolate thinly and evenly over the lined baking sheet.
  5. Cover the chocolate with the crushed pretzels.
  6. Put the cookie sheet in the fridge to chill.
  7. When it has chilled, melt the white chocolate and spread it over the pretzels thinly and evenly.
  8. While the white chocolate is still wet, cover it with sprinkles, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces.
  9. Chill thoroughly and break into pieces.

Candy Apple

Image by Anders Ruff Custom Designs on Flickr

Candy apples are a traditional treat, and you can dress it up in any number of ways.  Look for a basic caramel recipe, dip your apple, and then cover with:

  • Crushed gourmet nuts.
  • Sprinkles.
  • Toffee chips.
  • Shredded coconut.
  • Powdered sugar.
  • Unsweetened cocoa.
  • Drizzled white, dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate. (Wait until caramel has set completely before drizzling).
  • Whatever you have handy and think will taste good!

If you want to try something completely different, try this fabulous recipe for Cinnamon Cider Candied Apples, courtesy of MyRecipes.

You’ll need:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ¾ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 2/3 cups cinnamon-flavored candies, like Red Hots
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 craft sticks
  • 12 small Granny Smith apples, washed and dried
  • Candy thermometer

To make:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Combine cider and brandy in saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture is reduced to ¾ cup, about 14 minutes.
  3. Add candies to the pan, stirring constantly until melted.
  4. Add sugar and salt, stirring just until sugar dissolves.
  5. Cook without stirring until candy thermometer reads 310?, about 8 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool until 201?, about 15 minutes.
  7. Insert craft sticks into apples.
  8. Dip apples in hot syrup and place on baking sheet.
  9. Let cool until set.

Candy Cocktails

Image by MetaGrrrl on FlickrCandy corn martini, anyone?  Lemonhead Drop, perhaps?  How about a Reese’s Peanut-tini?  This recipe from FashionablyBombed is a decadent way to cap a Halloween party.

You’ll need (for 1 drink)

  • ¼ cup peanut butter (with salt)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Crème de Cacao
  • Ice


  • Chocolate wafer cookies
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

To make:

  • Stop eating the peanut butter cups!
  • Add peanut butter, milk, vodka, and Crème de Cacao to blender and blend.
  • Pour the mixture into a cocktail strainer with ice and shake.
  • Crush cookie crumbs and dip a martini glass to coat the rim.
  • Pour the drink into the glass and garnish with a wooden skewer full of peanut butter cups.

If you want to make it a frozen drink, add ice to the blender and whip it up into a milk-shaky dessert.

These “candy” treats will be hits at your next party.  Adults want to have fun, too, you know!

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