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5 Things To Do With Your Left Over Halloween Candy

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If any of you are trick or treaters like we are, you know that we receive massive amounts of candy!

We always have lots of invitations to events, so by the time we’ve finished trick or treating and going to various parties and events, we are all candied out! It’s so much that we don’t really know what to do with it all. If you’ve got a ton of leftover candy this year, don’t trash it, USE IT! Here’s how:

 

5 Things To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

 

1. Learning with candy: craft, count, sort and match

Help young children learn by using various candies to count, and match and sort colors. M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, jelly beans, and other colorful candies are perfect for this! You can have your kids sort the colors, find the correct sequence, and count how many of each color there are. When they’ve got it down, they can eat it as a reward.

 

2. Save it for the holidays

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the bend, you’re bound to head to a family gathering or have company at your own home. Set out a bowl of candy for guests to enjoy, you ca even save our favorites for a holiday gingerbread house.

 

3. Bake With It

Cakes, cookies, pies, and all sorts of goodies use candy as an ingredient. Ever heard of Snickers Pie? Maybe Reece’s Pieces cookies, or candy bark or trail mix? The possibilities are endless here. Make Thanksgiving Turkey Donuts with candy corn, or try these Almond Joy cupcakes, flaky coconut with a delicious bite-sized candy bar in the center.

 

4. Bring it into the office

Bring candy into the office, it will be gone in no time. Enough said.

 

5. Give it away for GOOD

There are plenty of places that will take your Halloween candy and do something great with it! Dentists often have a candy buy back where they offer various stuff in return, or you can give your candy to an organization who puts together fun care packages for our serving troops who are away. Look here and here for those operations to support our troops. Alternatively, you could reward your favorite teacher, mailman, police officer or fireman with a fun holiday “thank you” package, full of holiday stuff and Halloween candy. 

 

What do you do with your extra Halloween candy?

 

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3 Comments

  • Thanks for these tips! I will be using some of my leftovers for various baking recipes. I might try out the fifth option and send most out to worthy organizations. Do they accept year round?

  • These are such good tips! I got my hands on a huge bag of variety jolly rancher candies! I am thinking of some great candied martinis for adults around the holidays- once our kid is asleep of course! 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

    XX

    Erin

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