I recently made a great last minute Halloween dessert from Hershey’s candies. We had a ton of yummy types of candy to choose from. My candy bar brownies were a huge hit, and there are so many different variations to please everyone’s tastes.
Y’all already know that I’m totally into last minute party and celebration planning. I think the key is to always have quick ingredients on-hand so that throwing something together is easy and looks like you put a lot of thought into it. The best part about this recipe is that it’s a really fun way to use up leftover Halloween candy once November rolls around. Heck, you can do this recipe year ’round for an easy way to jazz up a boxed mix with something you likely have already.
When Hershey’s sent me a package of yummy candies, I knew exactly what to do with them!
Making My Candy Bar Brownies
Enlist the help of your kids! This is one of those recipes that is simple and fun. It’s the perfect way to incorporate little fingers into the making of the delightful treats they will want to eat. My kids have recently deemed Wednesday as cooking days.
The great part is that it’s an easy way to incorporate them into the family routines of cooking at home. They’ll be more likely to help out with healthy meals and with treats, and it teaches them a life skill that will give them an edge when they’re older and on their own!
I used a brownie pan for my brownies, which worked out really well. I adjusted my time down several minutes. I started checking on them at 20 minutes and they were just about done. Just like cupcakes cook faster than cakes, brownie pans cook brownies up a little quicker as well!
Here’s also a little tip if you do use the Pampered Chef Brownie Pan. Use the stoneware scraper to easily pop out your baked good! It’s the perfect size and won’t scratch up the pan.
This could absolutely be made in standard pans like regular brownies. Just be sure to space out your candies so that each brownie, when cut, will have its own candy piece(s) in it. (Or don’t – I’m sure a thin layer of candy topping the whole brownie mix would be absolutely tasty! If you go that route, I recommend cooking slightly longer than recommended because it’ll probably weigh down the mixture a bit and the middle might have a hard time setting.)
- 1 boxed brownie mix and anything needed to make it per the box’s instructions (my mix called for 1/2c oil, 1/4c water, and 2 eggs)
- An assortment of Hershey’s candies (Rolo, Hershey’s bars, York Peppermint Patties, Kit Kat, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, etc)
- *optional Your favorite frosting
- Follow the instructions on your boxed brownie mix or of your favorite brownie recipe.
- Before placing your brownies into the oven to bake, lightly press your favorite bits of candy into the brownie batter.
*If you are using a brownie pan, put 1-2 small pieces or chunks of candy per brownie. If you are using a regular sheet-like pan, space your candies out about 2-3″ apart so that the cooled, sliced brownies will each have their own candy topping.
*Keep in mind that, as these bake, the candies will melt and some may sink toward the bottom of the pan. That’s part of the fun!
- When your brownies are finished, allow to cool and frost if you desire.
It may take a few batches to be able to tell which candies work best. *Wink, Wink* I loved the Rolos!
I may not be room-mom material, but since we homeschool, it’s the closest my kids get. There were NO complaints when this dessert was ready to enjoy!
Do You Need Some More Halloween Ideas?
Be sure to check out Celebrate with Hershey’s for all sorts of recipes, craft ideas, costumes, party ideas, and so much more. I love their Chocolate Haunted House craft idea. It looks spooky, but it’s made with easy to find (and tasty) supplies.
If you’re more visual, they also have a lot of how-to videos to help guide you along. I watched the one on the KISSES Acorns and love that. Our kids made those at a homeschool playdate a few years ago and still talk about them.
Please note: This post was sponsored by Global Influence and products were supplied to me by Hershey’s. All delicious enjoyment and opinions are mine alone!