A happy post-Halloween sugar rush, everybody! Have you scraped yourselves off of the ceiling yet after inhaling more chocolate evil than a body has a right to consume and live to tell the tale? Yes, I’m speaking to you. You know who you are.
With record 75° temps in my trick-or-treating neck of the woods, I was in a panic that I would run out of candy for all of the trick-or-treaters who would take advantage of this balmy weather and turn out in droves (and turn out in bikinis too, I feared). Guys! It was like summer! In other words, it was nirvana.
Turns out I was wrong on both counts–no bikinis (let’s give PROPS to parents who used their noggins), nor not nearly as many trick-or-treaters as my additional mad dash to the local Junkfoods-R-Us for even more candy justified. Where does that leave me? With a heapin’ helpin’ stash of leftovers! Personally, I love leftovers, but others in my household view this type of leftovers as basically wicked.
In order to maintain peace in our humble home, I did what any bright and brilliant person would do: I turned to Pinterest for ideas of what to do with this so-called “leftover wickedness.” Boy howdy, I struck gold, for I found a ton of great recipes incorporating that leftover wickedness! Those recipes promptly got repinned and repinned from my dessert board, and I am as pleased as a pickle to share one of those recipes with you today. I actually did a mash-up of two separate recipes to accommodate my particular evil leftovers (Reese’s Pieces in this case), resulting in this original
sinfulness goodness. This qualifies as one of the sweetest PROPS! evah, evah, boys and girls!
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows divided use
8 ounces chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark)
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces
Kraft Mallow Bits and additional Reese’s Pieces for making the top look perrrrrrty
Lightly grease an 9X13 baking pan and set aside. (If you want thicker bars as shown here, use a 9X9 baking pan and pile it high!)
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and 3 cups of the mini marshmallows in microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Microwave and stir until completely smooth. In separate microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips for one minute. Stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second increments until the chips are completely melted. Add peanut butter and stir until combined. To the marshmallow mixture, add the chocolate and peanut butter mixture, the crispy rice cereal, the remaining 1 cup of mini marshmallows, and the Reese’s Pieces. Fold together with a rubber spatula until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Press Kraft Mallow Bits and additional Reece’s Pieces into the top of the bars. (This makes them look so fancy-schmancy, fyi.) Refrigerate bars for one hour or until they are firm and no longer gooey and melty. Remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Goodness to pete, these are wickedly good!
Heads up: More leftover Halloween candy recipes from Pinterest to follow. Brace yourselves and pace yourselves. Just a bit of friendly advice for you. But, you’ll want to come back for more cuz they will be grand! You’ll see.
Tell us: Which kind of “leftover Halloween candy wickedness” did you end up with at your house?