Tips From the Food Network's Anne Thornton: 2 Treats You Can Make with Leftover Halloween Candy

Tips From the Food Network's Anne Thornton: 2 Treats You Can Make with Leftover Halloween Candy

When Halloween is over, many people find themselves drowning in leftover Halloween candy! While this abundance of candy can be nice, you may be wondering how you can put these sweets to use. Thankfully, Anne Thornton, professional pastry chef and star of the Food Network series “Dessert First,” shared 2 ways to turn boring Halloween candy into tasty treats!

If you're sick of eating Halloween candy straight from the bowl, make some tasty treats with it instead!  Here are Anne's suggestions:

Candy-Filled Sugar Cookies

This simple treat can be made with almost any kind of Halloween candy.  All you need to do is use a basic sugar cookie recipe and add your candy to the cookies.  If you have some leftover M&Ms, for example, just add them to the mix and you suddenly have candy cookies!  Anne’s personal favorite is to add crushed up Butterfingers to her sugar cookies.  “It gets all toffee-y and caramel-y and chocolatey- it’s heaven!”

Click here for a sugar cookie recipe to use!

Ice Cream Truffles


These frozen delights are incredibly easy to make and include Anne’s favorite food of all time: ice cream!  Here’s how you can make them: “Take a scoop of ice cream, put it on a lined cookie sheet, and roll it in a candy that you like.  You can break up some Reese’s cups and put them on there, or anything like that.  Roll them around and put them back in the freezer.  They look like little ice cream truffles.”  She also suggests putting hot fudge on them to make them even more decadent!

To learn how to make Anne’s Red Velvet Brain Cupcakes for Halloween, click here!

To learn how to make even more great Halloween treats, tune into the premiere of “Dessert First” on Sunday, October 24th at 12pm Eastern Time on the Food Network.  Here’s what you can expect:  Anne puts together a playful Halloween spread filled with scary sweet treats. First, she prepares spooky and moist Red Velvet Brain Cupcakes covered in a creamy icing and a whimsical Milk Chocolate Graveyard Cake adorned with chocolate trees, cotton candy and candy bones. Then, Anne adds a surprising twist to an old-fashioned favorite with her Couture Caramel Apples smothered in toppings like salted pecans, toasted coconut and candied ginger.

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