So Valentine’s Day is over, and you’ve already raided Rite Aid and CVS for their discount chocolates and candy. What to do with all those goodies? Obviously, you eat them, but even I get sick of eating straight chocolate after a while. There’s only so much of one flavor you can take. To remedy this first-world problem, we compiled five of our favorite recipes that will use up your leftover Valentine’s Day candy while tantalizing your taste buds.
V-Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kick your cookies up a notch by chopping up chocolate bars and substituting them for chocolate chips. Trust me, it’s unbelievably yummy. Plus, because so many candy bars already contain additives like nougat, peanut butter, crisped rice, peanuts, and more, you don’t need a ton of additional ingredients to jazz it up. This recipe from Brown Eyed Baker will give you bakery-style chocolate-chip cookies that are thick enough to hold up the extra chocolate.
5-Minute Chocolate Bark
For those who eat peppermint bark at Christmastime, now you have V-Day bark! This is so easy and is a really quick way to use up most of your leftover candy. Check out these recipes from Crazy for Crust. Each flavor-themed recipe uses a different candy, and they all look amazing!
Candy Bar Muddy Buddies
If you don’t know what muddy buddies are — also known as puppy chow — they’re Rice Chex cereal covered in melted chocolate, coated in powdered sugar, and mixed with nuts and/or the candy of your choice. It’s sweet and salty and SO addicting. And the best part? It takes less than 10 minutes to put together. Check out this recipe from Eazy Peazy Mealz. Or, if you want more varied flavors, try the ones from Let’s Eat Cake. Whether you’re craving peanut butter, cookies and cream, or dark chocolate, she’s got a recipe for it!
V-Day Moose Munch
I don’t know what maniac invented Moose Munch, but they’re seriously a genius. Usually seen in (somewhat pricey) buckets and packages from Harry & David, Moose Munch consists of caramel popcorn mixed with chocolate and nuts and is usually drizzled with multiple types of chocolate. It’s salty and sweet and is the perfect use for your leftover candy. Try this Moose Munch copycat recipe from Brownie Bites. Just chop up the chocolate or melt it down, and mix it with the caramel popcorn. Mmmm.
Candy Rice Krispies Treats
Who doesn’t love Rice Krispies treats?? They’re fluffy and crunchy and bring us back to our childhood. Who else remembers the excitement of getting one of those metallic-blue packages? Sometimes we’d break the snacks in half to share (my teacher made me) and watch as the marshmallow streeeetched out between the pieces. So good! To get a blast from the past, try this recipe from Little Dairy on the Prairie. Just substitute Halloween candy for Valentine’s Day ones, and choose either classic or cocoa krispies.
And, of course, don’t forget to pair these goodies with a freshly brewed cup of steaming-hot coffee.