Things To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy


things-to-do-withWe all love to watch our kids enjoy Halloween. They have so much fun dressing up and trick-or-treating with friends! But what most of us don’t enjoy is the large mass of Halloween candy they accumulate. It all gets dumped out, unwrapped, and shoved into their little tummies that we try so hard to feed well.

As a result, you ask yourself a number of questions at the end of Halloween related to candy:

  • How did they get so much candy?
  • Where can I hide it?
  • Is that round thing that looks like a marble really edible?
  • How can I get rid of some of this?

Here are 10 uses for leftover Halloween candy that are also fun and resourceful:

  1. Freeze it: Freeze the “fun size” Snickers, Milky Way, Mounds, and other chocolate bars. Add one to a smoothie whenever the mood hits you.
  2. Decorate it: Save candy corn, lollipops, and other hard candies to use on this year’s holiday gingerbread house.
  3. Bake it: Want to add a twist to your baked goods? Replace a cup of sugar with two or three chocolates or caramels to your next cookie, brownie, or cake recipe.
  4. Make paint: Use dyed candies like Skittles or M&Ms to make a watercolor paint. Simply let them sit in a glass of water until the color starts to bleed off, and let your kids have fun.
  5. Stuff it: Fill up a piñata for the next birthday party and put it away until you need it. Kids love to smash things, and you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your child didn’t eat all of his or her Halloween candy!
  6. Make ice cubes: Put Gummy Bears in ice cube trays along with some water and freeze them for some funky looking ice cubes. You can easily pick the bears out when the ice melts.
  7. Bag it: Bring a bag of candy into work and feel good about sharing.
  8. Swap it: Organize a candy swap. Invite some friends over for a play date and do some trading.
  9. Top it: Keep some candies hidden away and pull them out to top a special ice cream sundae treat for your kids when they least expect it.
  10. Give it away: Give some candy away to babysitters, coaches, tutors, bus drivers, and anyone else who interacts with your children. You can combine it with a special thank you note for an added touch.

Check out some of these websites for some other ways to recycle your Halloween candy:candy1

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Hello, I’m Stephanie! I grew up climbing trees and chasing fireflies here in NH, and I love watching my son Rohan do the same! I adore the Seacoast’s close-knit community and constant stream of wholesome family activities, and I feel grateful to be here. I have a Master’s in English Education and have taught both at home and abroad. Writing has been a quiet passion of mine since childhood, and I admire anyone who has the courage to put pen to paper and express themselves. My husband and I are from different cultures, so ours is a multicultural, bilingual home. We divide our time and hearts to family both in the U.S. and India, trying to give our son the best of both worlds. It isn’t always easy balancing here and there, but I grew up watching my European parents do the same. They taught me to be curious, appreciative, and respectful when merging two cultures, because you find more silver linings than roadblocks. This inspires me to be a better mother every day.