img_4405The Halloween plunder here was such a huge success that we just finished up the last of our goods!  Everyone here was on a sugar high for a while and eventually the novelty wore off.  I finally decided it was  time to get rid of their stashes before the holiday candy rush started.  I didn’t want to be cruel in disposal so I decided to make some Garbage Pail Brownies!  Boxed brownie mix is delicious on its own….but is even better with a few extra ingredients.

  • Brownie mix
  • Eggs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Water
  • Cooking spray

We used Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, KitKats and Halloween Shaped Pretzels (I still have about a million of these!)


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and spray a 8×8 pan. Open the KitKats and Reese’s and break those bad boys up and then set aside.

Lightly smash the bags of pretzels, so they are broken into small pieces.  Not powder, or fine pieces, just small broken pieces.  If I wasn’t trying to hide the fact that I was using the Halloween stash, I would’ve had a child do the candy and pretzel breaking….but today I was on a sneaky mission.

Prepare your brownie mix according to the back. I used Chocolate Supreme, which called for 1/3 cup water, and 1/3 cup oil.  I used Coconut oil instead of Vegetable oil, but you can use what you have on had, although Olive Oil is not a great substitute.

Spread about half your brownie mix onto your spray pan.  Next, layer your candy.

Carefully spread the rest of the brownie mix, trying to cover the layer candy. Finally sprinkle the pretzel bits over the top.  I usually used the top 3/4 of the bag, because the bottom is mostly salt, and although sweet and salty is delicious….super salty brownies are not!
Place on the top rack in your preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the middle, if it comes out clean, its done. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.

The best part of this recipe is you can totally cater it your taste!

Almond Joys, Peppermint Patties, Snickers and so on would all be delicious.  You could also substitute the pretzels with M&Ms, or nuts!  You can find some more inspiration by taking a look at my take on S’mores.