Maybe you bought more and had fewer trick-or-treaters. Maybe the "after-Halloween" candy sales were too much to resist. Or maybe your kids dumped their bags and only took their favorites, leaving a pile of sugar behind in their wakes. But now what are you going to do with all that sweet stuff? Well, even Halloween candy can be repurposed. As a parent who has faced the overabundance of Halloween treats, I've developed some interesting ways to disperse and repurpose the excess sugar loads.
My go-to method is finding dessert recipes with candy in them. Over the years these ranged from cookies with crushed up candies in them to a Snickers "salad" that was the next best thing, at least for me, to the Snickers themselves. Plus there are apples in it, which served to assuage my guilt just a little over calling it a salad. Making trail mix is another easy method, and a hit with the kids. Or you can throw some of your favorite chocolates into the blender with frozen yogurt for a special movie night treat.
Decor and More
Thanksgiving brought turkeys made from candy corn, Oreos, and malted milk balls; and pilgrim hats with chocolate wafers and miniature peanut butter cups. Christmas is a great time to use up the hard candies - they make perfect decorations for gingerbread houses. Candy freezes well, and can be used to embellish cookies and treats on Valentine's Day and Easter.
Play With Your Food!
Not feeling the need to expose kids, and yourself, to so much sugar? Use the candy for playing counting games, sorting projects (size, color, shape, flavor, etc), and alphabetizing by kind. Did you know if a Skittle is put in water the “S” will float to the surface? Find more candy experiments like this at CandyExperiments.com.
Sugar for a Cause
For those feeling altruistic, there are places to donate candy as well. To support our military troops, try Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude – just remember the key is to send heat resistant candy, not soft treats that will melt. And of course leaving it in the lunch or commons area of your workplace makes the candy disappear quickly.
Regardless of how you deal with the leftover Halloween candy, rest assured that Christmas, with all its sugary treats, isn’t far behind! What is your favorite way to use up Halloween Candy?
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