Every year after Halloween, I am always left with an obscene amount of leftover candy. Usually, I give whatever extra candy I have, in addition to the candy I can’t eat, to my siblings. However, after the Great Sugar Coma of 2015, that tradition was firmly put to an end.

This recipe, from a website dedicated to food and creative recipes called Taste of Home, combines the tastiness of a dessert with the creative usage of leftover M&Ms and caramels. Although it doesn’t utilize all of the candy you got from trick-or-treating, it makes a dent and also saves you from the infamous candy stomachache many get after eating obscene amounts of candy.

M&M Oat Bars

Serves 72

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 package caramels

3 tablespoons water

1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup plain M&Ms

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Stir in oats.
  5. Press into a greased 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. In a microwave, melt the caramels with water; stir until smooth and spread over the crust.
  8. Sprinkle the melted caramels with the chocolate chips, nuts and M&Ms. Gently press into the caramel mixture. Melt candy coating; drizzle over the top. Let stand for 5 minutes or until set.
  9. Cut into bars and serve.

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