Did you end up with 20 pounds of candy after trick or treating with your kids? We went out, big collection bags in hand, and all five of my children went door to door for candy and treats. What in the WORLD am I going to do with all of this candy??
As crunchy as I may be, I do let my kids indulge in a few pieces on Halloween night after we get home. After all, they worked hard for that candy. They let me paint their faces, sat all together for some adorable pictures, walked door-to-door without TOO much complaining and said “thank you” at every house. They deserve some of that candy!
After I let them eat some, pick out a bit for myself, and give away some to Liz, I am still left with a HUGE bowl full of candy. Now I am trying to lose weight, so I can’t let this bowl of temptation sit here for too long. I don’t want my kids to think they can dive into the bowl whenever they want, so I have to get this candy moving.
Here are some great ideas on what to do with all of that leftover candy…
- Of course, you can always just eat a little bit every day until it is gone.
- You can count out even numbers of pieces of several types of candy and save it to use it as stocking stuffers for Christmas (or use it for Yule/Hanukkah)
- Turn that candy into COLD HARD CASH!! With the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, you can find a local dentist who will buy your candy and send it to troops.
- Donate the candy yourselves to the troops by sending it through Operation Gratitude. You can ship candy through November 15th! Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406-5438
ATTN: Halloween Candy/Angel Cuevas
- Use that candy to make some fun craft projects. Make funny faces with some glue using Lifesavers as eyes and Twizzlers for a mouth! You can even get some embroidery floss and a chunky needle and teach your older kids how to string candy to make an tasty garland for holiday decor.
- Create a bartering system for that candy! Local crunchy mom, Robin Charles, gives her children coins that they can trade in for different things. This allows them to “buy” candy now, or save their coins for later. She also uses the coins for other treats as well!
- Bake with it! If you have a birthday to celebrate this month or next, splurge a little and throw some Reeses cups in those cupcakes! YUM!
- What do you do with your leftover candy?
Photo Credit: Charlise Grisham & Robin Charles