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7 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Easter Candy


There’s a special kind of candy for just about every holiday. We love our sweets — perhaps a little too much — but those with a serious sweet tooth score during holidays like Halloween or Easter.

In most cases, your kids really rake in the candy. Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts and Trick-or-treating usually result in cornucopias of candy that most parents dip into (at least) occasionally.

But what do you do when you just have way too much? The Peeps start to merge, the chocolate is melty or brittle and, be honest, sometimes you even browse the post-holiday clearance rack and put up candy for later like you’re preparing for the apocalypse.

Thankfully there are some brilliant people out there who have come up with some amazing ways to re-think your candy stash so you don’t end up with something desperate like the Peeperoni pizza below.

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1. Melt chocolate bunnies to make chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Of course, you can use any kind of chocolate that you have, as long as it will melt readily. Use a double boiler (or a bowl over a pot of boiling water) to melt down the chocolate bits without worrying about burning them before dipping the strawberries and letting them cool.

2. Cover everything with melted chocolate.

Obviously, if the chocolate melts down, you don’t have to stop at strawberries. There are plenty of things that are great dipped in chocolate, including cookies and other fruit.

3. Make chocolate-covered lollipeeps.

This is the inception of Easter candy or of Easter candy bunnies. You can melt chocolate bunnies to coat Peep bunnies, and although that may sound like a crime against nature, it actually looks pretty good.

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4. Create colorful Rice Krispie Treats.

As the video above shows, you can also use Peeps of any color or species to create some razzle-dazzle Rice Krispies (rice krispeeps? No? OK).

Peeps are basically marshmallow fluff anyway, so it makes sense that they’d work in place of it. Some enterprising individuals even use them to create nests or bowls to put Easter candy inside of, and the entire gift is edible.

5. Make Easter muddy buddies.

Muddy Buddies are like the trail mix of candy, but instead of picking out and eating just the off-brand M&Ms, you’ll enjoy every piece of this mix. You’ll probably want to stick to crunchy/chocolatey candies for this one, though. A rogue jelly bean could really throw it off.

6. Pair Easter Candy and Wine.

This seems like a great way for moms to come together and have a girls’ night in to de-stress after the holidays. There are plenty of suggested pairings out there, but really this is just an excuse to have chocolate and wine — and that’s a very good thing.

7. Potty Training Incentives.

Of course, this is only relevant if you have children of a certain age, but it definitely works for other holidays’ leftover candies, too.

And if the potty training doesn’t go so well, suggestion #6 may be relevant to you on a personal level.

With all these intriguing options, you may just find yourself running out to get some extra bags of candy just in case. What is your favorite way to reinvent Easter candy?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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