I have been slightly obsessed lately with baking using Halloween candy. I don’t have candy around the house often, but when I do, I go all out. I bought about five different kinds of candy (all chocolate of course), and several bags of each.
So… I have a lot of candy.
I keep looking at all of the candy and getting ideas for things I could make with it. I’ve used it in cookies, I’ve used it in ice cream, now I am using it in brownies! These brownies have the candy pressed into the top of it after it is baked. I tried baking the brownies with the chopped up candy mixed into the batter, and it was good, but the texture of the brownie changed. It tasted a lot chewier and slightly crisp- not exactly what I was going for. So I went with the candy strictly on top of the brownies with a nice moist brownie underneath. Sinful…and worth it!
I used a brownie mix because I’m going for easy with this recipe- a nice quick way to make a fantastic treat for all the candy lovers out there. I included my favorite box mix in this recipe, but feel free to swap it out for whatever you like. The box mix I use has dark chocolate chips already in the mix. I like to add milk chocolate chips as well to make it even more decadent!
1 box Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
¼ cup water
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
2 cups chopped up chocolate candy bars (Kit Kat, Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups, Crunch bars, M&Ms, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl combine the brownie mix, egg, oil, water, and vanilla extract. Mix together until fully combined. Stir in ½ cup of the milk chocolate chips.
. Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool completely.
4. Place the remaining milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 60 seconds. Stir well. If the chocolate is not melted, place in the microwave for another 10 seconds then stir again. Spread the chocolate over the brownies, then sprinkle the chopped candy over the chocolate, pressing down on the candy so it adheres well to the chocolate. It’s important that you really press down on all of the candy, otherwise as soon as you cut the brownies the chocolate candy will start to fall off.
5. Refrigerate the bars for about 20 minutes to allow chocolate to firm up. Cut into squares.