Trick or Treating, Trunk or Treat, Halloween Festivals are all coming to an end and you are left with pound and pounds of Halloween Candy. After letting your kids gorge themselves and you sneak your own candy- what do you do with the rest? In our family we put the candy up high and out of sight and then run back into it around Easter to only throw it all away...after taste testing a few candy bars, of course.
Here are some ideas for that extra candy that will make our world a little better and your life a little easier.
1. Donate to Operation Gratitude.
Operation Gratitude sends up to HALF-A-MILLION pounds of candy to service members deployed overseas each year.
Some of the candy also goes to first responders. Then they hand it out to kids in underprivileged communities, because a lot of them don't get a chance to go trick-or-treating.
If you want to find out more or get involved, just visit their website, OperationGratitude.com.
2. Use The Leftover Candy in Baking Recipes.
There are a ton of recipes using Leftover Hallween Candy online. You can find them with a simple Google search. Many of the recipe ideas are great for your Thanksgiving Table Spread!
Taste of Home, one of my favorite Recipe sites, has put together a collection of 18 recipes using Leftover Halloween Candy. This is a great way to save some money as well! Candy is often the most expensive compenent for Desert Recipes!!
3. Ronald McDonald House
If you typically throw your leftover Halloween candy away, consider donating it to an organization like Ronald McDonald House.
They use the donated candy to offer treats to children of families receiving medical care. You can find your local Ronald McDonald House Chapter on their website: https://www.rmhc.org/chapter-search.
This is also a great way to get your children involved in helping others and learn important life skills such as empathy and philanthropy.
4. Host a Halloween Candy Pairing Party
You deserve some adult party time after all you have done in preparation for Halloween. Get your friends together and see how your favorite candies pair with different wines.
Fortune.com has some great suggestions that can give you a leg up with hosting your party. Suggestions such as, "try a Cabernet Sauvignon with this popular fun-sized bar. The wine's tannins and fruit will blend well with the candy's combination of peanut, caramel and nougat, but won't overwhelm it."
Now, how fancy and professional is that? Check out their pairing suggestions on their website.
5. Heard of Switch Witch?
Very similiar to Elf on the Shelf, you can have a "Switch Witch". This is a way to encourage your kids to give up their unhealthy candy in exchange for a small gift. The Switch Witch Legend is that if you leave out a portion of candy for the Switch Witch, by morning she will have replaced the candy with a small gift. While you don't necessarily need an official mascot and book to tell this story and convince your small children, it certainly helps! Check it out at Switch-Witch.com.
6. Bring it to our Station!
We will take care of your leftover candy. ;)