Today let’s talk about Halloween candy. If you have kids, you will probably wind up with more than you want to keep, especially if you’re trying to shed a few pounds before the upcoming holidays. Here are a few ideas for what to do with the leftovers:
You can donate it.
Here are some places that used to accept leftover candy. You’ll have to check with them for any restrictions this year due to Covid; last year there were some restrictions.
Ronald McDonald House — they give the candy to the kids who can’t go trick-or-treating.
Soldier’s Angels, Operation Gratitude, and Operation Shoebox all take candy to ship overseas to our troops.
Bring it to the office. If you’re back to working in an office, that is. Office candy always disappears quickly.
PRO TIP: If you are trying to avoid eating the candy yourself, DO NOT keep the candy in your office or on your desk. Put it in a different location to remove the temptation to snack on it all day. The office kitchen is a good place. Or a table in the reception area.
Put some in the freezer. You can break it up into small pieces and put in individual baggies to sprinkle on ice cream or to mix in with a milkshake. Or you could keep the fun size candy bars intact and just eat them frozen!
Make some trail mix. You can take leftover M&Ms and gummies and mix them with pretzels and nuts to make a delicious snack.
Put some aside to add to gift bags. You can do this for birthdays or even holiday gifts. Everyone loves finding surprise candy at the bottom of a gift bag. Be sure to remember where you’re hiding it for future use, though. You don’t want to find expired candy next summer.
Check with your dentist. Some dental offices will take your candy and exchange it for a toy. They donate all of the candy they collect.
Whatever you decide to do with the excess, make sure you pick out a few favorites to keep for yourself!
What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.