7 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy – Beyond Eating It!

7 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy – Beyond Eating It!

Cool ideas for trick-or-treat leftovers – because no one should eat ALL that candy.

By Wendy Robinson

I love candy. I have a lifelong sweet tooth and almost always have a little stash of candy in my desk at work or in the car. I could pass on a salty snack in a heartbeat, but take away my chocolate -- no way!

Even for an admitted candy junkie like myself, the day after Halloween proves that you can have too much of a good thing. Although we let the kids have a piece or two a day, they never make it through all their candy. I’m pretty sure we still have candy from Halloween 2013 in a cupboard somewhere, so this year I am going to partake in at least one of the following ideas to lighten our candy load.

1. Donate: Some food banks accept candy and there are other options for donating to deployed troops. A quick Internet search will help you find donation options in your area.

2. Freeze: Some chocolate bars or caramel-based candy will save for future baking recipes. I love to make monster cookies in the winter with chopped up mini candy bars!

3. Welcome the Candy Fairy: Tell the kids to leave a certain number of pieces of candy out by their bedroom or front door, so the “Candy Fairy” can come while they are sleeping and replace it with a small toy or book.

4. Craft: Save the colorful candy for use in decorating winter gingerbread houses. Let the kids help pick out the best options so they can look forward to seeing the candy again in a month or so.

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5. Experiment: My kids are always curious about things, so we’ll set aside some candy to do experiments like: “what floats/what sinks,” “what takes the longest to melt,” and “how to build the tallest tower” (hint: Unwrap chocolate and stick together for maximum stability). This is a great way to learn and play with some food!


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6. Sell back: Some dentists give kids a few dollars for every pound of candy they turn in. We’ll do this if we really hit the jackpot this year.

7. Bribe: Let me be really honest here, as I have a kid that I still need to potty train. Some of her candy is going into the “potty treat” pile for when she finally commits to doing no. 2 in the toilet for the first time.

What do you do with the excess holiday candy at your house?

Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com.

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