Halloween hot chocolate is simply leftover Halloween candy and milk melted in a saucepan. Sorta genius, yes?!
Halloween hot chocolate is proof that the notion of necessity being the mother of invention is phooey. We all know moms are the actual mothers of invention–at least uber savvy inventions such as this Halloween hot chocolate, which is a hot chocolate recipe for the morning after Halloween brouhaha’d up by Elizabeth Mayhew, a Manhattan mom of two, contributing editor to the Today Show, and former editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day Magazine.
Mayhew just sort of conjured the sweet notion early one November morning maybe six or so Halloweens ago. “I’d always done different things with the leftover Halloween candy, like chop it up and put it in cookies. But this was a sneaky way to get them to drink milk,” she explains.
Sneaky, indeed. It couldn’t be easier. She just warmed some milk, poured it into mugs, let the kids plop their chosen trick-or-treating candy in, and dubbed it something irresistible to kids.
Hershey’s Miniatures work really well, notes Mayhew. She’s also found that Kit Kat and Twix bars make really excellent stirrers for the hot chocolate. (There’s that mother of invention again.) And if you have some ghost-shaped Peeps or a few of these adorable ghost meringues hanging around, definitely plop one on top of your witches’ brew.
While Mom Mayhew is partial to peppermint patties in her mug, her kids are a little less discerning. “My son would put everything in there and it would be a disgusting mess,” she adds, with an audible grimace. Though it doesn’t sound so terrible to us, actually. Anyone else wish they were a kid again?–David Leite
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Halloween Hot Chocolate FAQs
What else can I do with leftover Halloween candy?
We’re so glad you asked. Here are a few ideas:
– Tear the wrappers off those miniature chocolate bars and make these Candy Bar S’mores.
– Plonk any assortment of candies on top of these Halloween Candy Cupcakes.
– Chop up leftover candy and make this easy Leftover Halloween Candy Bark.
Does it matter what type of milk I use?
Nope. Whatever milk you have on hand will work for this Halloween hot cocoa, whether dairy or non-dairy, skim or full-fat.
Halloween Hot Chocolate
- 3/4 to 1 cup milk
- Leftover chocolate Halloween candy unwrapped and, if large, chopped into chunks
- Gently heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat or in a heatproof mug in the microwave until pretty warm but not boiling.
- Pour the milk into a mug. Let your kids add the chocolate candy and stir with a spoon or, ideally, a Kit Kat or Twix bar, until the chocolate melts. [Editor’s Note: If you’re making this for toddlers, be safe and strain your baby’s brew before letting anyone take a sip.]
- Let the slurping begin.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
I made the Halloween hot chocolate today and it came out great. As my roommate said, “Oh my god, this is the best hot chocolate ever!”
To convert the stovetop recipe to dorm-style, I just microwaved the milk in a microwave-safe mug for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Then I added the candy and stirred until combined. I used one whole normal-size candy bar per mug of milk, so 3/4 to 1 cup milk per candy bar.
The end result won’t look as dark as typical hot chocolate. I thought the leftover cookie crumbs on the bottom of the mug from the Twix and Kit Kat were the best part.
Originally published October 21, 2017