Sugar highs. Sugar crashes. Cavities. Weight gain. There are so many good reasons not to eat all that Halloween candy today. So what to do with the pounds of candy your kids hauled in last night?
1. Halloween Candy Buy Back. Drop the candy at a local dentist’s office where it will get shipped off to U.S troops. Visit the website to find a participating dentist near you.
2. Use the candy for at-home science experiments. CandyExperiments.com is full of fun ideas.
3. Freeze the candy and in less than two months, use it for a homemade Advent Calendar, stocking stuffers, or to decorate a gingerbread house.
4. Bake with it. Several cookies, cakes and brownies taste better with bits of candy bar (although it won’t help your waistline).
5. Arrange a visit from the Candy Fairy. This one’s courtesy of my friend Jennifer Proksch. Have the kids select their favorite candy and put the rest in a bowl outside their bedroom door. One night during the week following Halloween, the Candy Fairy takes the candy and leaves behind a small gift: a book, CD, video game, pajamas, or gift card.
This year my kids are planning to wrap up some of their candy to mail to their cousins in Massachusetts who are still without power and were unable to go trick-or-treating due to damage from the weekend’s snow storm.
How do you get rid of the extra Halloween candy?