The late-1960s brings us a couple of tasty mid century dessert recipes perfect for repurposing any leftover Halloween candy bars you might have laying around! (These treats were created specifically for the old-school MARS Almond Bars, but more on that below.)
Just melt down candy bars of your choice for either a rich, rum-flavored tart filling and/or a heavenly mocha dessert sauce (that particular recipe uses it as a cream puff drizzle, but perhaps also consider it in the context of an ice cream topping, hmmm?).
What happened to MARS Almond Bars?
For one thing, this specific candy bar — which featured nougat, caramel and toasted almonds all coated with milk chocolate — doesn’t actually exist anymore in its original form.
While the product was discontinued in 2002, the company introduced a replacement just one year later: the SNICKERS Almond bar. (Phew!)
There are some minor differences (the nut texture is different, for example), but the good news is that it’s still a suitable ingredient replacement for these recipes.
Now you might be able to find the gourmet or European versions online or in some grocery stores.
But take note: The former doesn’t have caramel, and the latter has no almonds (it’s basically a Milky Way, which is what inspired the original, circa-1930s MARS Bar over in the UK in the entire first place).
Now with all that said, obviously you can use any candy bar with chocolate, caramel, nougat and nuts (or any combination of these ingredients, as you prefer) to generally replicate the following recipes. Enjoy!
Pretty party tarts retro recipe (1969)
Leftover Halloween candy bars can make a pretty sweet Thanksgiving treat, don’t you think? These party tarts are darling!
Mocha puff pyramid classic recipe
We grant that there are many cuter ways to style these cream puffs than in a pyramid with chocolate sauce inelegantly plopped on top — do your own sophisticated thing here.
Nevertheless, this recipe looks like a delicious take on cream puffs that stands the test of time.
ANOTHER SWEET ONE: Snickers bar chocolate rice pudding recipe (1969)