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5 Recipes to Make With Your Extra Halloween Candy

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There’s no such thing as too much candy on Halloween, but come November you may be looking for new ways to make a dent in your haul. These recipes call for several different types of candy, and some could even pass as party snacks once the holidays roll around. Here are five creative ways to make use of your leftovers.

1. THE ULTIMATE CANDY BARK

The beauty of candy bark is that it works as a base for nearly any type of candy you can think of. Start by melting 1.5 pounds of white chocolate together with 2 teaspoons of butter. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with greased foil and sprinkle it with whatever broken up bits of candy you have around. You can add Peeps, gummy candies, and even more chocolate. This is also a great application for any bags of peanuts or pretzels that may have gone ignored since Halloween. After the bark is left out to cool for about an hour, it’s ready to be broken up and enjoyed.

2. MINI MUG BROWNIE

Next time you’re overcome by late night chocolate cravings, use your leftover candy to whip up this decadent mug brownie. Stir together 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt in a mug. Next, stir in 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of milk, coffee, or water until you have a thick paste. Now you can add any candy bits you want, like marshmallows or Peanut Chews. Microwave on high for 1 minute and dig in. 

3. SWEET AND SPICY SNACK MIX

Shake up the traditional party mix recipe by combining spicy Hot Tamales with fruity Mike and Ikes. After adding a salty base like pretzels, feel free to toss in any chewy, chocolatey, or crunchy candies your heart may desire.

4. MONSTER TREATS

Even after Halloween has passed, there’s nothing stopping you from making something spooky with your extra candy. When making Rice Krispies treats, try molding your mixture into fun shapes and dipping them in melted milk chocolate. Transform them into “monsters” by creating one (or multiple) eyes using a white chocolate melt and and a chocolate chip pupil. 

5. POPCORN BALLS

The addition of some Halloween candy to this recipe might actually get you more excited to make popcorn balls. Pour 1/4 cup of melted butter over 8 cups of popcorn in a large bowl. Stir in one package of melted Peeps and toss in any other candies you have laying around (Hot Tamales would give them some spice, like those cinnamon popcorn balls from your days wandering the mall). Use greased, heatproof gloves to roll the mixture into balls and allow them to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature. 

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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The United States of Sweetness: The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State
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If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Michigan, Idaho, or Alabama. The tri-colored treat is a favorite among residents in these states, according to sales data from CandyStore.com.

As Thrillist reports, the bulk candy retailer combed through nearly 10 years of data (2007 to 2016, with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results, which includes the top three most popular Halloween handouts in each state, as well as in Washington, D.C.

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While a good portion of the U.S. seems to prefer the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, another overarching favorite was Sour Patch Kids, which reigns supreme in states including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York. Following in its puckery wake across the board are M&Ms, Milky Ways, Reese's Cups, and Tootsie Pops.

Some states are unique in their candy choices: Alaskans are turned onto Twix, residents of Connecticut crave Almond Joys, and Delawareans go loco for Life Savers. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in the coastal state of Georgia have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, Mississippians are mad for 3 Musketeers, Montanans desire Dubble Bubble, and Nevadans hunger for Hershey's Kisses.

After seeing which treat is No. 1 in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

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[h/t Thrillist]

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