Candy Compost Bars

Happy November 2nd! It's November! Can you believe that? That's crazy to me. I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween weekend. Did you eat lots of candy? I kinda like peanut M&M's - they're almost healthy for you. I think I'm going to go out today and stock up for treat-making. However, I will not be stocking up on Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses. What a shady, shady candy that is.
They're always slightly unwrapped when you get one, which draws suspicions that there is a razor blade or needle strategically placed inside, just to off you.

So Eric and I went to a party this weekened. We needed costumes and I wasn't feeling creative, so I asked him what we should be. He only had one idea, but once he said it, I knew that was it. I went over to his apartment, before the party, to assist in the transformation.

This is before. He grew his facial hair out specifically for this costume.

Umm, don't ask. Actually, I should probably explain. He has a pillow taped under his stomach. He is wearing a mask out of a t-shirt to prevent inhaling hairspray/hair dye fumes.

This is me looking frustrated as I fix his hair.

Okay! Are you ready for the big reveal??

It's Ultimate Recipe Showdown's Guy Fieri and me!

Let's compare:

Yeah! These costumes are off the hook!

Yo. Fo' shizzle my nizzle.

Oh, that's money.

Guess what? Halloween is also our one year anniversary! We started dating at the same party last year. :) But we actually worked together years before, at the restaurant where I still work at. Remember this blog post from November 3rd of last year? I wasn't feeling that way about foccacia.

Guy needs some lovin'!

I'm very grateful to have him as a boyfriend. He is always there for me when I need him, and I know he'd do anything for me. I love his personality, his humor, his interests, his values, his family... he's pretty perfect! Not to mention he's smoking hawt. Especially in his Guy Fieri/Sammy Hagar costume.

A year is the longest amount of time either of us have been in a relationship (that doesn't make us sound very good), so we need to thank our sponsors. We couldn't have done it without:

-Spearmint Stride. The gum of our relationship.
-Taco Bell. For those three AM gordita runs.
-Target. For Eric's wardrobe.
Steak 'n Shake. The first establishment we ate at together.
Walmart. For our weekly shopping trips together. Milk? Check. French bread pizzas? Check. Mini waffles? Check.
Seinfeld. The television show of our relationship.

I could go on and on, but I better stop. Let's get to the Candy Compost Bars.
What to do with leftover Halloween candy? Make these!

I thought and thought about what I wanted to make; cookies and brownies seemed boring, cakes and pies didn't seem fitting. I finally decided to make a bar.

The first layer is chocolate cookie with oats, chopped peanuts, and chopped candy bar mixed in. I used Snickers, but you could use whatever candy bar you still have left. The next layer is a peanut butter popcorn layer, which I stirred chopped Twix in, but once again - you could use whatever your heart desires. Chocolate is drizzled over the top, and M&M's are pressed into the surface.

Oh my goodness. These are so delicious! Get them out of this house! Give these a try, most definitely. You may even want to throw in some crushed potato chips or pretzels into one of the layers.

Candy Compost Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus an additional 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips, melted, plus an additional 1/4 cup, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
1/2 cup finely chopped mini candy bars (such as Snickers)

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
2/3 cup peanut butter chips
4 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup finely chopped mini candy bars (such as Twix)
1/2 cup M&M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch baking dish and line with foil; butter foil.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt; whisk in oats until combined. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/2 cup butter and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in 3/4 cup melted chocolate until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined; beat in peanuts and candy bar until combined. Dump the batter into the prepared dish and flatten evenly into one layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set and golden brown around edges.

To make the popcorn layer, melt the additional 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in peanut butter, corn syrup, and additional 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter chips until melted; stir in popcorn until well combined, followed by chopped candy bar. Spread and pack popcorn over chocolate cookie layer.

Pipe or drizzle remaining melted chocolate on top of bars, then sprinkle and press M&M's into the surface. Cool completely before slicing into bars.

Makes 18 bars


  1. That peanutbutter kises sounds interesting. Love the costume!

  2. You guys make a wonderful couple. Happy anniversary! And I knew you would come up with the perfect recipe for Halloween!

  3. HAHAHA!! Love your boyfriend's costume - too fun. And you nailed YOUR costume ;)

    Great idea for using up leftover candy!

  4. So, baking is not your only talent then????

  5. Ha ha - I was totally thinking Sammy Hagar. Great costumes - very creative and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

    The bars look great. I should have done something like that with all our leftover candy, but I ended up pawning it off on the barista at my favorite coffee shop on Sunday. I wanted it out of the house.

    P.S. - My husband buys his wardrobe at Target as well. :)

  6. happy anniversary! you did such a good job on your bf's hair! and the bars look delicioso!

  7. So sweet! The only thing that would have been better is if YOU had gone as Guy Fieri. Speaking of which, he's on the Today Show THIS VERY SECOND!

    Awesome bars. I would make those even without leftover candy.

  8. what a clever costume idea. guy has so many one-liners, he’d be a cinch to imitate. ya’ll are an adorable couple, emily.
    oh, and obviously, i love these aptly-named bars.

  9. I may have to buy MORE Halloween Candy just to make these! But thats okay, it should be on sale now. :D

  10. lol. this post is awesome! congrats you too, very cute and creative costume choices : D

  11. Great costume combo! I like the idea of complementing each other :)

    And of course, great cookie bar recipe...

  12. LOL nice costumes! But I think you just wanted an excuse to wear that schweeeeet food network apron again! Where can I get one???

  13. Um first of all, nothing like a little Sexual Healing while sitting at your desk at work! Ha ha, I had to laugh at that one.

    Love the costumes - perfect for you! Looks like you guys were sure to have a blast. And Happy Anniversary (of sorts)!

  14. How fun and creative! Love these. And what a perfect name!!

  15. Yummy, the compost bars not Eric, he is your man for shizzle! Congrats on the one year. Mario and I started dating on Halloween 9 years ago as well! So I think halloween is of the shizzle for hizzle!

  16. LOL too funny! Great costumes! Although I think he needs to be a little rounder to look like guy ;)

  17. Okay, so Ialways have about 10 pages up at once on my computer. A few minutes ago I was in the middle of working on a paper...then all of a sudden I hear "sexual healing." I was so confused for a min. so I clicked though all of my links and it was your blog with the song. haha call me immauture, naive, whatever--but that song always makes me laugh hysterically!

    great costumes btw!

  18. Those bars would be very popular, very quickly in my house!!! Love your photos. You guys make a very cute couple and I think Eric is better looking than Guy!!!! (I do like Guy though...ALWAYS watch Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.)

  19. LOL - that is the perfect costume! Nice work on Guy's scary hair :) Happy anniversary!

    Great bars too, I'm always drawn to anything topped with colorful M&Ms!

  20. Love your costume! You crack me up.

    Oh, and those bars look dangerous. I am pretty sure I could inhale a whole pan.

  21. our relationship show is also Seinfeld. We go to bed to it every night!

  22. Emily, forget the recipes, you make me LAUGH OUT LOUD! I've been married 40 years, and if you & Eric can laugh together, like I see you can, you are set for life.

    Sexual Healing is maybe my all-time fave song. ;)

  23. Happy Anniversary to you. Sorry if the wishes are a little late.

    I'm with Val. The hair isn't quite scary enough, but you have a great costume regardless.

    Now I want some of those bars. Like I need anymore sugar right now!

  24. LOL - your costumes look great, even though I am not familiar with the show. And congrats to you and Eric on 12 months together!!

    I would love to have been trick or treating at your place with those candy compost bars - they look delish!

  25. Happy Anniversary.

    I love your costumes! Oh, and I love Peanut M&M's too.

  26. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post "No teme" in your blog with the link to you?

  27. Great photos! These sound yummy!

  28. Love your costumes and what a great idea for using all that leftover Halloween candy! You all are too cute :)

  29. Wow, awesome bars. I like how its layer after layer after layer. It's perfect for that leftover and on sale candy.

    And awesome costume to Eric. I was pretty much laughing my butt off... in a good way :)

  30. Great costumes! Happy anniversary, you two! These bars look great. Every delicious goodie all in one place? Yummy.

  31. yum!! these look great...if only i had candy left over... anyway- Happy Anniversary! one year is a long time!

  32. What a great Halloween costume! You two are so adorable:) I'm totally with you about the Mary Jane's. Something about them just looks a little creepy...haha. These bars look great too:)

  33. I love Halloween!! I saw your pics on facebook and got a good laugh out of them. These bars look amazing and extremely dangerous. I'm afraid I'd eat the whole pan myself!

  34. Completely awesome. The costumes, the guy, the relationship sponsors, and of course the recipe! I don't have any leftover candy (gasp) since I was out of town for the weekend, but I think I will rustle some up just to make some compost bars!

  35. Great customes! Stating the obvious? Yes! You guys look good together. Happy Anniversary!

    Emily those bars are seriously over the top!

  36. Very funny :-) The candy bar sure looks good!

  37. Heyyy congratulations for you and Eric!!! That's great! You guys look so adorable together!!! Specially when he's dressed as Guy! Too funny! And the bars? No words...

  38. You guys are so cute together~ My friend and her husband were married on Halloween! They dressed up as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein :)

  39. I love the candy compost! your costumes are great too!! you look JUST LIKE you!! lol

  40. Yeah, I kinda thought he had a Sammy Hagar thing going on :)
    Those candy bars sound over the top!

  41. I am grateful that you're my girlfriend. I love you more than anything, Sugar Plum.

  42. Thanks everyone!

    I love you peanut!

  43. Cute costumes :) Yummy looking bars too!

  44. Ahhh--love the costumes! So fun! And your relationship sounds like such a great one :-)

    And those bars look like a good excuse to use up my candy, and um, eat more! Ha

  45. Those candy bars you made look soooooo good!! I would be eating them all day!! I love your blog!!!!

  46. Nice lil' tribute to the BF. Love the costumes! Awesome.
    Yummy candy-bars!

  47. I gave you a blog award at the end of my post today if you'd like to check it out sometime.

  48. These sound awesome, but I hate popcorn. I'm going to try making them with Kix instead.