Leftover Halloween Candy

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Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween is over . . . do you still have mounds of leftover candy?

If you're like me, it's always difficult to determine ahead of time how many trick-or-treaters you will get or how much candy to purchase.

I tend to buy too much candy. Why?

I really enjoy seeing the cute kids in costumes and I don't want to run out of candy. I also don't want to close my door, turn off the lights and hunker down on Halloween.

This year was no different. I'm in a new neighborhood and didn't know how much participation I would get. I purchased the usual amount of Halloween candy. We had huge crowds of trick-or-treaters, but I still have a bunch of candy left.

What to do with it??

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Part of good organization means good stewardship and taking care of your money, your goods, your food . . . even Halloween candy!

Here are some helpful suggestions for dealing with the leftover

What to do with leftover candy:

  • Work it out If you work, you can probably take leftover candy to work and keep it in a jar on your desk. However, probably everybody else will do the same thing, so this may not solve your problem.

  • Pass the Pinata You can stuff the excess into a Pinata to use at the next birthday party. Or . . . if the next birthday is too far away, consider using it at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Felice Navidad!

  • S'more Fun If you have any chocolate pieces left over (some people actually do have chocolate left), consider making S'mores! Get some graham crackers and marshmallows. Toast them over an open camp fire or melt them in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Delicious!

    Take these to your next football practice. Let the kids make them at your next Scout meeting or birthday party. We made some outside at Thanksgiving over the fire pit! The younger children thought they were better than pumpkin pie!

  • Crafty Candy Believe it or not, you can use the hard candy pieces in craft projects. Create a mosaic to hang on the wall or make a cute table top and polyurethane over it. You can use hard frosting as grout. Make a cute sculpture using the same technique. Use a spray varnish over your pieces to protect them and keep them from getting moldy.

    Here's a link to a cute candy necklace made from hard candy pieces.

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  • Deck The Halls With Halloween Candy? There are several ways you can use leftover candy in your upcoming Christmas baking. Decorate gingerbread houses with an assortment of candies (use the orange and black sparingly). Make cute Christmas cupcakes and bake leftover Halloween candy inside or use them as toppings on the frosting.

    This link allows the children to make their own unique stained glass Christmas ornaments from leftover hard candies.

  • Frost Bite You can always freeze chocolate for later use. Freezing chocolate is also fun to eat. It takes longer, but many like the way you let it melt in your mouth for longer enjoyment.

  • Share The Fun Call your local nursing home, children's shelter, foster home or homeless shelter to see if a donation of wrapped candy would come in handy. Make someone's day brighter!

Contact me if you have other ideas for using leftover Halloween candy that you would like to share (you'll be given credit for the submission).

If you need more creative ideas, here are some links to great recipes:

Candy bar cake

Peanut butter cupcakes

Help the Troops

Pecan bars

Trash mix



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