'Candy Salad' Is the Most Fun You Can Have With Leftover Halloween Candy

There’s a special kind of salad that’s all the rage on TikTok these days—and it’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It’s a tasty treat for all the candy lovers out there and it has a simple name: candy salad.

What is Candy Salad?

Sometimes social media trends are complicated. Others aren't. In this case, it's the latter. Candy salad is simply a bunch of different types of unwrapped candy mixed together in a bowl.

Most of the time candy salads follow a theme, whether that be by holiday or color, although you can dump any candy you like in a bowl and mix it up, which is part of the appeal. At this time of year, for example, you’ll see a lot of fall or Halloween themes.

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How to make Candy Salad

Anyone can make candy salad, but some people take pride in creating a standout formula.

TikToker @hunterkailey calls it their “signature dish.”

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Others take it as a challenge to show off their creative skills. TikToker @tessapeay made a version with all green ingredients for St. Patrick’s Day and noted, “Doc told me to eat more greens.”

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The great thing about making a candy salad is that there are no rules. You are free to create your own unique mix and the possibilities are virtually unlimited. A common approach is to mix different types of textures or flavor elements, like sweet and salty.

This time of year, leftover Halloween candy is pretty much a given. Candy salad is a fun way to use up the spooky sweets. Sure, it's the same candy, but it feels different because instead of picking and choosing from your treat bag, you can get a little bit of everything all at once.

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How to Serve Candy Salad

Candy salad is usually served in a large bowl. Be sure to choose one that is large enough to hold all of the components, and leaves room for stirring. You want to blend all the ingredients well, so every serving contains a varied assortment.

Serve a large candy salad with a large spoon for serving or if your crew is more particular you can set out bowls of different candies and let people create their own personalized candy salad. If you're using full-size candy bars or rope-style candy (like Twizzlers), cut the candy into pieces.

You can also package up candy salad and take it with you for an easy on-the-go snack. TikToker @mikaylamcn calls candy salad “a road trip necessity.”

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Related: Here Are 50 Non-Candy Halloween Goodies That Trick or Treaters Will Love

Great Examples of Candy Salad Recipes

TikTok user @addiemclarke_ (Addie Clarke) is one of the most prolific posters on the topic and may quickly become your go-to authority on all things candy salad.

She has a specific candy salad recipe tailored for just about every occasion and featuring almost every type of common candy. Some of her recent highlights:

Birthday candy salad

This is the mix Clarke chose for her own birthday candy salad because it contained some of her favorite candies. You can customize your mix based on whatever candy the birthday celebrant loves most.

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1990s candy salad

As someone who was born in the 90s, Clarke enjoyed getting a box of iconic candy from that decade and creating this nostalgic mix.

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Spooky candy salad

Just in time for Halloween, Clarke made this “spooky” mix featuring ingredients like candy corn puffs and gummy eyeballs.

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