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10 Things to Do With Halloween Candy
Halloween is just around the corner, which means in just a few days I’ll be faced with a large pile of candy to deal with.I can tell you that having my candy-loving toddler eat the entire stash is not my idea of a good time. One can only imagine the sugar-high shenanigans that would take place (I’m remembering how after only a small bag of jelly beans at Easter, she spent a good twenty minutes running in circles around the kitchen, shouting, “I running! I running!”).
Here are ten alternatives for using up that precious loot:
Bribes or Surprise Treats
My child is still at the age where she loves the candy that I can’t stand (suckers, for instance), so I like having a little stash hidden away for emergencies or special occasions. Like when the bank ran out of suckers last week. And I’m not at all tempted by them in my pantry.
Sell It To Your Dentist
Dentists all over the country will buy your child’s Halloween candy for cash, toys, or other items and then send the candy to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
Buy It From Your Kids
Ella is a little young for this, but my mother-in-law always bought the majority of the Halloween candy off her kids each year and then used it for various recipes, treats, and surprises throughout the year.
M&M Ice Cream
There is no time of year too cold for ice cream. Plus, making ice cream with a small child is a fun activity.
With some clear plastic wrap, line up a bunch of candies, use a piece of ribbon or string to tie each one separately and make a candy countdown chain for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other momentous occasion!
This is a great way to use up all the extra candy corn or candy pumpkins.
Make Gingerbread Houses
Stash your candy away and save it for making gingerbread houses in December. Bonus, the worst-tasting candies tend to be the best for decorating gingerbread houses, I’ve found.
Eat It Yourself
Look, you’re the one who made or bought the costume, accompanied your small child trick-or-treating, and generally made it a fun holiday. I think you deserve some candy. I know I do.