Saturday, November 3, 2012

* What Should I Do With Leftover Halloween Candy?

This year was a bumper crop year 
for halloween candy in our neighborhood.
The neighbors were all extremely generous with fist-fulls of candy
for the kids this year. I'm guessing they were all sick of it 
after eating candy all weekend during the hurricane!

So what do you do with too much candy?
Well, in our house we're planning to distribute it in a few different ways...

1. I'm letting the girls pick a piece out each morning to eat after 
breakfast and a piece to pack in their school lunch as a dessert.
After a week or so, the candy bowl will magically disappear.

2. Our dentist offers to "buy back" candy 
from kids then she ships it 
oversees to soldiers serving in the armed services. 
The girls have an appointment next week so we'll be bringing 
a bag of cavity-inducing goodness with us.

3. We pull out a bunch of colorful candy that looks great on 
gingerbread houses 
and save it in a shoe box for our holiday crafting at the beginning of December.
We save things like Starburst, Now And Laters, Gum Drops,
Gummy Fish, M&Ms, Lemon Heads, Lollipops, etc.

4. I ask the girls to each pick out 25 pieces of candy 
(x2 kids = that's 50 pieces gone  in our house)
to squirrel away into their advent calendar for December.

That's what works for our house. 
It's much better than a giant bowl sitting around tempting me for weeks on end. 
Do you have any favorite halloween candy tricks?

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dannyscotland said...

I'm an advisor for our church youth group and every year we put together exam care kits for our college kids. We save leftover Halloween party candy for those kits and I'm planning to donate some of my daughter's to that as well this year. I love the advent calendar idea! I'm going to have to do that.

Christy said...

We just boxed some up to mail to Operation Shoebox. They ship it to soldiers overseas.

Krissy said...

For the mini candy bars...using your favoring cookie dough, roll into balls and place in a mini muffin pan. Bake as package directs. While cookies are in the oven, unwrap candy bars. The bite size ones leave as is. The mini ones need to be cut in half. As soon as the cookies come out press a candy bar piece into each muffin cup. Let cool. Mmmmmm, now more treats to enjoy or share:)

Amy said...

We save ours for gingerbread houses but I'd never thought of the advent idea. Genius!

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