Every kid I know collects more Halloween candy than he or she
could (or should) possibly eat. So what to do with all of that
excess loot? Rather than toss those goodies, try these alternate
uses for all that hard-earned Halloween haul.
Bake. Many popular types of
Halloween candy are ideal for baking. Visit CDKitchen.com for a
large assortment of recipes designed specifically for leftover
Halloween candies. Who knew that candy corn could be so
Leftover Halloween candy also makes delicious toppings for ice
cream. Keep some candy in the freezer and break it out when the
warm weather arrives. Soften up your favorite flavor of ice cream
and then smoosh in some chopped toppings. Good options include
Butterfingers, M&Ms, Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups or Gummy
You could also save leftover candy for a future craft project,
such as an advent calendar. Small size bars are perfect to dole out
as daily treats. Halloween candy can also be the inspiration for a
holiday gingerbread house. For example, melted Jolly Rancher
candies or lollipops make lovely "stained glass windows."
Peppermint candies and red licorice add a whimsical and decorative
touch. Chocolate nonpareils or Skittles make ideal roof tiles.
Tootsie Rolls can be used to create a mini wood pile. Get creative
with those leftovers that no one wants to eat!
Donate. Your kids likely got
too much Halloween candy, but many people didn't get any. Consider
donating your leftover candy to a charitable group. Organizations
such as Operation Gratitude collect non-chocolate
candies to send to U.S. troops abroad. Be sure to include a letter
of support to a soldier along with your donation. Other local
organizations like Meals on Wheels (mealsonwheelschicago.org) or
Ronald McDonald House (rmhccni.org) will also make good use of your
Experiment. Halloween candy
can also be fodder for some pretty cool science experiments. Try
microwaving sugar-coated marshmallow candies to observe how they
expand and collapse. Crunch Wint-O-Green Life Savers in a dark room
and watch the sparks fly. For more science-related uses for your
leftover candy (and full explanations of the actual science behind
them), check out the Science Mom
in. Some local dentists offer
attractive candy trade-in programs. Your kid parts with his
Halloween loot and receives a gift card or some other
non-sugar-laden goody in exchange. Visit the Halloween Candy Buy
Back website (halloweencandybuyback.com) to find a
participating dentist in your area.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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