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Do you have leftover Halloween candy?

Everything-Bars, Tastefully Simple

Not sure about you, but Halloween was slow in my neighborhood this year. I was prepared with lots of goodies for the ghosts and goblins who would be knocking at my door, but alas, none came by. So when I saw this blog post written by Mandi, a blogger over at the Tastefully Simple headquarters I got excited about the prospect of transforming the candy into a tasty dessert.

Here’s Mande’s story….

This week, I was super inspired by all the fabulous Halloween treats my kids brought home. Of course, they have far more candy in their possession than they should ever eat! So what’s a mom to do but provide a little assistance? The best part is that my favorites are typically not their favorites, so I get an over abundance of goodies to snack on.

One of my favorite candy bars of all time is a Take 5®– there’s chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts, pretzels and caramel – what’s not to love! How does one replicate that peanutty, sweet and salty goodness?  I used Tastefully Simple’s Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake as the base and put a variety of treats on top. Fabulous!

The pan was gone in a matter of a day. It was the right combination of sweet and salty to make the perfect treat!

Absolutely Everything Bars

  • Yield: 12-15 Servings


  •  Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake (Item #…) (reserve caramel packet)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts chopped
  •  Pretzels
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix first three ingredients together and pat into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°. Cool crust for 10 minutes. Spread single layer of pretzels. Cut corner off caramel packet and drizzle over pretzels. Sprinkle with peanuts and M&M’s. Melt chocolate chips over very low heat on stove top. Place mixture into a freezer bag and cut a small tip of the bottom corner and drizzle over toppings. Cool for 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens.

Tips & Hints

• Any candy peanut-, chocolate-, or caramel -candy combination could be used for these bars.

• The next time I make these, I’ll probably break the pretzels into small pieces to make the bars easier to cut.

• Marshmallow crème would be a great topper on these. Try spreading it on the crust right after baking before putting on the other toppings.

• This dessert is perfect for the kids to help with; they can sprinkle their favorites on top!

  • Cooking Method: Bake

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