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Leftover Halloween candy paired with salty snacks, a unique and irresistible combination

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If you’re like us, you tend to buy Halloween candy that you wouldn’t mind snacking on yourself and certainly wouldn’t mind having as leftovers. Here’s a fun recipe idea that uses a favorite Halloween treat: M&M clusters!

M&Ms added bright color, crunchy texture, and a chocolate flavor to this little snack. We used melted white chocolate — either chips or chunks — to “glue” the clusters together. Salted dry-roasted peanuts provided the best flavor of all the options we tested.

M&M Clusters

Makes about 30 clusters

2 cups small pretzels, broken into 1-inch pieces

1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts

8 ounces white chocolate, melted but warm


1/2 cup mini M&M candies

Note: This recipe works with milk chocolate too.

1. Mix clusters: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine pretzels and peanuts in medium bowl. Stir in white chocolate until combined.

2. Shape clusters: Spoon tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle 4 or 5 M&Ms over each cluster. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes, and serve. (Once hardened, clusters can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.)

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