One of the best and worst parts about Halloween as a parent is the candy. It’s awesome because, well, FREE CANDY! But it’s also not great because in most cases, your kids end up with way more candy than they could possibly need to eat. A little indulgence doesn’t hurt, but consuming your whole Halloween haul is never a great idea.
That leaves you with a problem. What the heck do you do with all of this extra candy? Many parents opt to throw it out, to save it for years to come, or to take one for the team and eat it themselves (while as parents we approve of this concept, a few Halloween’s later you might start to regret this tactic).
We found some great tips on A Cookie Before Dinner’s blog for ways to use your leftover Halloween candy this year, none of which involve gaining ten pounds by eating it yourself! Here are some idea from the Mommy blogger herself!
"Sell it. Many dentists are participating in a buy back program. Your child can take his or her candy to a participating dentist and they’ll pay per pound. The candy they collect is getting sent to the troops overseas. Click here for more information.
Donate your leftover Halloween candy. Many homeless shelters, crisis relief centers, and food pantries take candy donations. If you’ve got excess, why not share some with someone in need?
Leave goodie bags for your mailman, garbage collector, meter reader, or recycling worker. I’m sure they’d be stoked to have a little treat in the middle of their work day.
Take your leftover Halloween candy to the office. My husband’s coworkers devour just about anything I send in. I think a bowl full of chocolates left in the break room would be a huge hit.
Bake with it. This Snickers cookie idea looks amazing, but I’d probably add them to homemade sugar cookie dough instead of buying premade. You could also chop bits of candy and use them in place of chocolate chips in cookies, add them to brownies, or to top a cake. The options are endless really.
Save your leftover Halloween candy. Chopped candy will also freeze well. Freeze it in 1 cup increments for maximized baking. See above for uses. Or hide some for a movie night at home later on this fall/winter.
Save it to celebrate the December holidays with. Use some of your leftover Halloween candy in your Advent countdown, Hanukkah nights, to decorate holiday cookies, or to decorate a gingerbread house. Why buy what you’ve already got?
Try some Halloween candy science! Kid’s Heath is full of candy experiment ideas. We are going to try the Skittles Density Rainbow.
Share it. Do you know of someone who has a child with a food allergy? It is likely that the child got a ton of candy they can’t enjoy. Give them the candy from your stash that you know they CAN enjoy.
Celebrate with it! Hosting a party soon? Sneak away some of your leftover Halloween candy now and use it to stuff a pinata!"
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