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Candy Bar Doughnuts How-To

Candy Bar Doughnuts
Leftover candy makes an unexpected topping for easy homemade doughnuts.
By Deborah Harroun

I love candy. I could probably go crazy and eat it all at once. But most of the time, I end up hiding some away so that I don’t mindlessly eat it while watching TV or browsing online. And if my kids see candy, I know that they will just munch it right up.

But what is even more fun than just enjoying those leftover candy bars? Turning them into something else entirely!

We love doughnuts. In fact, if I let my daughter pick a snack at the grocery store, 4 out of 5 times she will choose a doughnut. So it’s really a treat when I make doughnuts at home. Little do my kids know just how easy these doughnuts are. No kneading dough. No waiting for dough to rise. They are pretty much foolproof. You’ll start off with a can of Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits and vegetable oil. For the frosting, you’ll need semisweet chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and, of course, candy bars!

gathering ingredients

While your oil is heating up, open the can of biscuits. Separate into 8 biscuits, and slightly flatten each of them. Use a small cookie cutter to cut out the doughnut hole.

When the oil is nice and hot, add two or three of the biscuits. Fry until golden brown on one side; flip over and cook the other side. Once they are done frying, place on a cooling rack.

forming and cooking the doughnuts

Chop up your candy bars. (You’ll want bigger chunks.) To make the frosting, place a medium bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Combine the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup; cook and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla.

crushed candy bar topping and chocolate glaze

Dip the tops of the cooled doughnuts into the chocolate frosting. Use a spoon or spatula to help you out if needed–this frosting is a little bit thick. Immediately top with chopped candy.

glazing and topping the doughnut with candy bar bits

Let them set up for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!

completed Candy Bar Doughnuts on a plate


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