Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream

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Have you ever experienced a Halloween where you thought you would have more trick-or-treaters than you actually got, which in turn made you have a ton of leftover candy? What to do with all that candy? Well, you could save it for next year, throw it away, eat it over time, or you could make a super KILLER ice cream out of it! Like today’s recipe Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream! I know what you’re thinking, “another recipe for vanilla ice cream that is loaded up with candy.” No people, that is not what this is. Well, partly it is, the loaded with candy part is true but it is not just vanilla or chocolate ice cream. This Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream has candy melted right into it giving you the most candylicious ice cream EVER! Oh, I almost forgot! I am also going to show you two different ways to make this: one ice cream uses your leftover chocolate candies and the other uses your leftover fruity candies!

Let’s get started because I know you wanna taste this! First, let’s take a look at your candy and see what’s left. If your candy isn’t already, you might want to separate it. Fruity with fruity candy and chocolate with chocolate.

Next, look through and see what is meltable in each candy grouping. Most chocolate candies are going to melt pretty well, possibly not M & M’s though. Fruity candies are a bit trickier. Generally, taffy candies and starbursts are going to melt. If you’re not sure if a candy is going to melt, do a little experiment and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. If it melts you can use it. Place 1/2-1c. of the meltable candy in a medium bowl and set it aside. If the candy is large you might want to chop it into smaller pieces. I used Laffy Taffy for my fruity candy and Milk Duds for the chocolate candy ice cream. Milk Duds melted in the ice cream is absolutely amazing!!! Like that by itself without any other candy mixed in was super great!

Next, in a small bowl place egg yolks and sugar. Whip them together until they are light and fluffy. Set aside.

Put the heavy cream and sugar in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil stirring often.

Whisk about 1/2c. of the boiling cream into the egg yolk mixture.

Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with the cream.

Return the saucepan to the heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon and hold it’s position even after you drag your finger through it.

Pour this mixture over the candy in the medium bowl.

Stir until the candy has melted and is well incorporated. Cool, then chill it in the refrigerator overnight.

Now, just freeze the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to its manufacturer’s directions. Meanwhile, you can work on chopping up any other candy you intend to add to the ice cream after it is frozen.  Chop the candy into bite size pieces or smaller, remember you are going to have to scoop this later to serve it and big pieces of frozen things are hard to scoop through! You can use 1-2c. of other leftover candies to add to the ice cream.

Once the ice cream is finished in your ice cream maker spoon it into a freezable container.

Add the other candies.

Stir the candies in well. Yes, people, the fruity candy ice cream I made had about 1 1/2 cups of Nerds in it! Nerds in ice cream = FANTASTIC!

Now, just freeze your ice cream until ready to serve! This Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream is a great use for your extra candy. Kids and adults are sure to be pleased with it. Kids will probably prefer the fruity candy and adults the chocolate candy ice cream, of course! So, my fruity Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream had strawberry and banana Laffy Taffy as the meltable candy and it had Nerds and Sweet Tarts as the mixins. It was very sweet and very tart, personally, I love it! My chocolate Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream had Milk Duds as the meltable, and Kit-Kats, Rolos, Reese’s Pieces, and Heath Bars as the mixins. This ice cream was also completely amazing! The Milk Dud ice cream was the BOMB and all the other candy mixed in just added to the deliciousness! I love this one too. I might have to buy extra candy at Halloween just so I can make these every year! I’m sure you will be just as pleased with your Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream!

What combinations of candy do you think would be amazing in this recipe?

Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream
Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream: you can make this ice cream two ways either with chocolate candies or with fruity candies. Either way, it is AMA-ZING!
  • ½-1c. meltable candies, in bite sized pieces
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ⅓c. sugar
  • 2½c. heavy cream
  • ⅓c. sugar
  • 1-2c. other candies, in bite size pieces or smaller
  1. Place the meltable candies in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whip together the egg yolks and ⅓c. sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan bring the heavy cream and ⅓c. sugar to a boil.
  4. Whisk about ½c. of the boiling cream into the egg yolks. Whisk all of the egg yolks back into the cream.
  5. Return to heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Pour over the meltable candies in the bowl. Stir together until well combined and fully melted.
  7. Chill overnight.
  8. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's direction.
  9. Place the ice cream in a freezable container and stir in the remaining candy.

Original Recipe By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)