Halloween is over for another year with nothing but leftover treats and memories! Usually by this time all the "good" stuff is gone (that would be anything chocolate in my case), leaving plenty of the less desirable candy (if there is such a thing!). As a parent facing the overabundance of Halloween treats, I've developed some interesting ways to disperse the "unloved" candy.
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. Snickers never lasted long at our house so the salad was a rare treat. Making trail mix is another easy method, and a hit with the kids.
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 also freezes well, and can be used to embellish cookies and treats on Valentine's Day and Easter.
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” side will float to the surface? Find more candy experiments like this at CandyExperiments.com.
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?
*I originally shared this post in November of 2014.
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