6 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

You’ve hit every last house in your ZIP code, and as you watch your kids dump their bounty on the kitchen table, your mind flashes forward to three months of sugar highs. Never fear: With these ideas, you’ll burn through that leftover Halloween candy just in time for Christmas cookies.

Make a piñata.

Repurpose that extra Halloween candy and take care of the entertainment for your holiday party. How’s that for multitasking? You can buy a pinata and fill it with your own candy, or if you’re a do-it-yourself, try this make-your-own craft and get whacking!

Satisfy a soldier’s sweet tooth.

Here’s how it works: Dentists buy back candy from kids, then send it to Operation Gratitude, which distributes it to military bases. Visit their website and enter your ZIP code to find a drop-off location near you.

Whip up a snack.

Use up that leftover candy corn with this grab-a-handful-and-go seasonal snack mix. Throw in some M&M’s and round chocolate candy, too!

Cook with it!

We’re serious—you can use some Halloween candy when making your next dinner. Pixie Stix work as a sugar substitute in almost anything, and goes especially nicely with some wine, vinegar and salt as a meat glaze. Red Hots make a great addition to barbecue sauce or chili. 

Make a snack-lace.

If your kids are going to eat the candy anyway, you might as well having fun with it first. Try this craft, which uses candy to create an edible necklace. 

Bake something sweet.

Why not use the rest of your Halloween candy all at once? Luckily, there are plenty of easy dessert recipes to do that, including cookie dough and simple brownies


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The article originally published on Nov. 2, 2010. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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