If you’re looking for something to do with all that Halloween candy, it doesn’t get easier or more impressive than my Halloween Candy Ice Cream Pie! All of your favorite candy is chopped up, mixed into vanilla ice cream and then frozen into a buttery Oreo cookie crust. It only takes 4 ingredients and 30 minutes of active prep time. Halloween just got even sweeter!
Halloween is my least favorite food holiday. I’ll never understand the appeal of serving food that’s made to look repulsive. But as much as I hate Halloween-themed food (except pumpkin seeds of course), I can still get down with the one food it’s truly known for: candy. Whether you have leftover candy from your lack of trick-or-treaters or the stash your kids brought home, this is the best way I’ve found to use up a bunch of it at once.
Why this recipe is great
- Only 4 ingredients and 30 minutes of active prep time.
- Uses up all that leftover Halloween candy you don’t want sitting around your house.
- Stays fresh in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it.
- Can be customized to highlight your favorite flavors.
- Feeds a crowd with up to 12 servings.
- Loved by both kids and adults.
- Can even be served for Thanksgiving!
- Oreo Cookies – don’t have any? Try graham crackers, vanilla or chocolate wafers, ginger snaps or any other crisp cookie. You’ll need 1 ½ cups of crumbs to make the crust.
- Ice Cream – this recipe calls for vanilla, but you can have fun and switch up the flavor however you’d like. It works especially great with chocolate, cookies and cream or cookie dough!
- Candy – It doesn’t have to be from Halloween, you can use any kind of candy from any kind of holiday! It’s best to stick to chocolate varieties, as sour, fruity and gummy candies will not provide the best flavor and texture.
Step by Step Instructions
2. Press buttered cookie crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate or spring form pan. Use a flat-bottomed measuring cup or drinking glass to help press the crumbs in so that they’re in a compact, even layer. Freeze until solid, about 1 hour.
3. Add softened ice cream to a large bowl along with the chopped candy, then mix until evenly distributed.
4. Transfer to the frozen pie crust, smooth out the top, then immediately place into the freezer (unwrapped).
5. Freeze for at least 6 hours (or overnight) until firm. Once the ice cream is frozen solid, you can wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Tips for Success
- Choose candy varieties that compliment one another – my favorites are peanut butter cups, Butterfinger, Kit-Kat, Twix, Heath Bar and Snickers. Avoid fruity and sour candies or best results.
- Be sure to chop the candy into small bits – it will get quite hard once frozen, so the smaller the pieces the easier they’ll be to chew.
- Use more or less candy to suit your taste – there’s no such thing as too much!
- Allow the pie plenty of time to get solid in the freezer – overnight is best, but 6 hours should do the trick.
- Remove the pie from the oven about 10 minutes prior to cutting to make it a little easier.
- Run your knife under hot water before each slice to ensure it cuts through the frozen center.
1. freeze it – it will stay fresher that way.
2. Blend it into a milkshake or swirl it into homemade ice cream.
3. Bake it into cookies or brownies.
4. Use it to fill an advent calendar.
5. Use it to decorate a gingerbread house or in another craft.
6. Use it to full a piñata.
7. Add it to gifts and care packages for loved ones.
8. Donate it.
This will depend on the variety of candy and how fresh it was when received. That said, most candy never technically expires. A good rule of thumb is one year if stored in a cool, dry place, but as long as it tastes ok it should be fine.
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If you’re looking for something to do with all that Halloween candy, it doesn’t get easier or more impressive than my Halloween Candy Ice Cream Pie! All of your favorite candy is chopped up, mixed into vanilla ice cream and then frozen into a buttery Oreo cookie crust. Halloween just got even sweeter!
- 25 Oreo cookies (1 ½ cups cookie crumbs)
- 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted (add ½ teaspoon Kosher salt if using unsalted butter)
- ½ gallon vanilla ice cream, softened but not melted
- 2 –3 cups assorted chocolate candy, roughly chopped *see note
- Add Oreo cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken up into fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender or alternatively place the cookies in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to break them up into finely crushed crumbs. You need 1 ½ cups of crumbs.
- Add melted butter and pulse until evenly coated (or add cookie crumbs to a bowl and mix with a rubber spatula).
- Press buttered cookie crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate or spring form pan. Use a flat-bottomed measuring cup or drinking glass to help press the crumbs in so that they’re in a compact, even layer. Freeze until ready to fill.
- Add the softened vanilla ice cream to a large bowl along with the chopped candy, then mix until evenly distributed. Transfer to the frozen pie crust, smooth out the top, then immediately place into the freezer (unwrapped).
- Freeze for several hours (or overnight) until firm. Once the ice cream filling is frozen solid, you can wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. If you wrap it before the filling has frozen, the plastic wrap will stick to the filling.
- To serve, run a sharp knife under hot water, then cut into thin slices. Run the knife under hot water before every slice to ensure it can cut through the frozen solid ice cream.
* I used a mixture of Butterfinger, Heath Bar, Reeces Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat and Snickers. Use whichever candies are your favorites, but stick with chocolate and avoid fruity / sour candies. Use more candy for a more candy-studded filling or use less if you prefer.
Keywords: ice cream, halloween, candy, dessert, thanksgiving, frozen