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Wendy Rush here – Happy November! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already upon us. It feels like we just did Halloween! And if you’re like I am, you still have a TON of Halloween candy leftover in your house from last month. Well, you know by now I’m the repurposing queen, so what better way to use up those goodies AND save on groceries for Thanksgiving, you ask? How about killing two of those turkeys with one candy corn?

I’ve gathered a collection of tasty recipes you can make with the candy you might have in that Trick-or-Treat bag, that are perfect for your Thanksgiving party.

  • Candy Turkeys

    Have extra Candy Corn and Whoppers? Try these adorable candy turkeys from Giada De Laurentiis:

    Thanksgiving Turkeys

    Get Thanksgiving Turkeys Recipe from Food Network

  • Peanut Butter Pilgrim Hats

    Regular-sized Peanut Butter Cups make perfect pilgrim hats.

    Turn Crackers and Peanut Butter Cups Into Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hats

    Save Recipe Pilgrim hats are an easy Thanksgiving candy recipe that kids can help with! Butter crackers and peanut butter cups make delicious edible pilgrim hats the whole family will enjoy. Serve these as part of the Thanksgiving dessert table, use them as edible place settings, or bring them as a gift for the host or hostess.

  • Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

    Have lots of leftover chocolate or chocolate and caramel candy? Melt them down and make these little babies:

    Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs | Recipe | Thanksgiving desserts, Thanksgiving recipes, Recipes

    Nov 19, 2019 - Mention turkey legs made of pretzels and chocolate, and the kids come running. Let them help by unwrapping caramels for this easy, no-bake treat. -Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota

  • Candy Bar Hot Chocolate

    If you got a heaping helping of those Hershey’s chocolate bars, you can make some tasty hot chocolate:

    Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate

    Leftover Halloween chocolate bars can be transformed into hot chocolate with the addition of milk and cinnamon.

    Um…Twix or Almond Joy Hot Chocolate? Yes, please…

    Candy Bar Hot Chocolate - Almond Joy, Reeses, and Twix

    These Candy Bar Hot Chocolate Recipes are a must during the winter months. Almond Joy, Reese's, and Twix flavorings are sure to please any chocolate lover! In our family, we take our hot chocolate very seriously. When we were growing up, we had hot chocolate almost every day for breakfast.

  • Candied Caramel Apples

    If you have a lot of caramels leftover, make some caramel apples. Bonus, just about any candy can be crushed up and added to the coating…Red Hots would be awesome!

    How to Make Caramel Apples {3 Ingredients!} - Cooking Classy

    Easy Caramel Apples are one of the ultimate fall treats! This is a foolproof recipe thats nearly impossible to mess up and it makes perfectly tempting and tasty caramel apples that are great for holidays, parties and gifting. Caramel apples have been one of my all time favorite things to make since I first started cooking and baking.

  • Starburst Sugar Cookies

    But let’s get real…we all know chocolate is the first thing to go. So what do you do with the “other” candy. Starbursts make great sugar cookies:

    Starburst Sugar Cookies

    Like some of the most popular things we've made here at Smart School House, these Starburst Sugar Cookies were created out of free time and ingredients on hand (that's how these , , and were created).

  • Starburst Shot Glasses

    If you’re looking for a fall-friendly way to serve shooters, this Starburst shot glass is bursting with fall colors.

    Starburst Candy Shot Glasses - The Cookie Writer

    Ahh! I completely forgot about these cute little shot glasses until I decided to do some "spring cleaning" in my photography/blog/recipe folder. Halloween has been pretty awful here the last few years because of the weather. It also does not help we live on a giant hill so the number of kids I get are very minimal.

  • Nerds Popcorn

    Are those Nerds not disappearing quickly? They will now with this popcorn recipe:

    Nerds Popcorn Recipe

    Nerds popcorn is your new favorite treat, we promise. Studded with your favorite fruity candies, it's hard to beat. As the self-declared popcorn queen, I'm always looking for a new twist to put on popcorn. Whether it be sweet or savory, I always have something up my sleeve.

  • Almond Bark Licorice Sticks

    If those Twizzlers are still around at Christmastime, these would be great to serve at your party:

    Twizzlers With Almond Bark

    What a cute tasty treat to keep on hand for the holidays! Package in clear cellophane bags and these would make a festive party gift.

    Well, I don’t know about you, but my candy supply just got a new purpose in life. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving!! – Wendy