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Leftover Candy Apple Nachos

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Halloween has come and gone which means only one thing. It’s time for my favorite treat, grilled leftover candy apple nachos! My family has been doing this for years as a great way to make fun use of leftover candy. The thing I love about leftover candy apple nachos is that you don’t have to use Halloween candy, so it can be enjoyed year long. The key is lightly grilling the apples in a cast iron. Then melt the yummy candies to create a yummy topping.

Cast Iron Pan filled grilled apples and candy on an orange surface surrounded by halloween decor

The process to create the leftover candy apple nachos is easy and with a few of my tips, it’ll be scary easy. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it can be prepped ahead of time. The key to prepping ahead of time is keeping the apples from turning brown. To keep the apples from turning brown I place them in a solution of half water and half lemon juice for a few minutes. I then lightly wipe off the excess liquid and just like that the apples will stay fresher longer.

red bowl filled with sliced apple and surrounded by candy bar

Sometimes I grill the apples directly on my Bull Grill because I like the grill marks. I find cooking them in a cast iron allows all those wonderful apple juices to stay in the pan. Grilling the apple nachos in a cast iron pan also allows us to add fruit like strawberries or blueberries to the nachos.

Raw apple nachos in a cast iron pan on a grill

Building a leftover candy apple nacho bar

It’s super easy and lots of fun to build a leftover apple nacho bar for the kids. I start by gathering a smorgasborg of leftover candies and chopping them up. Normally, I prefer using chocolates, but just about any candy will do. I balance our nacho bar by adding sugar free cocount and chopped nuts. If I have time, I love making a simple sugar free carmel sauce just to make it a little healthier. It’s all about moderation so I try my best to balance out the candies with healthier alternatives while still gving the kids a sweet treat.

cast iron filled with sliced apple and surrounded by candy bar

If you want to more ideas on using leftover candy checkout this video!

Leftover Candy Apple Nachos

Anthony Serrano
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 6 gala apples sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • Nacho Bar Toppings


  • Mix water and lemon juice together in a bowl. Pour lemon water mixture over sliced apples. Shake off excess liquid.
  • Arrange apples in a cast iron pan. Top with assorted chocolates.
  • Place in preheated Bull Grill that has been preheated to medium-low.
  • Grill for about 10 minutes or until toppings have melted. It might be necessary to cover with foil if the top begins to burn.
  • When the apples have softened slightly and the chocolate has melted remove from the grill.
  • Top with caramel and the remainder of toppings.
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By on November 3rd, 2021

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