What Should I do with all my Leftover Halloween Candy?
Do you have a bowl full of leftover Halloween candy? Or do your kids have more candy than they really need? If you're like me, having too much candy laying around the house is way too tempting and terrible for my waistline! Here are some ideas on how to use up all that leftover candy.
- Take the Halloween candy to your workplace and put it out on the breakroom counter. If your office is anything like mine, the bowl will be empty before you can say "trick-or-treat"!
- Put a candy bowl on your desk at work; I guarantee that more co-workers will be stopping in to say "Hello"! Just don't put your own hand in the candy jar!
- Send some with your spouse or significant other to their place of work.
- Ask your child's teacher or other teachers at your child's school if they would like it. Often teachers use candy or tiny gifts to give out as treat to their students. They will be grateful!
- Put the leftover Halloween candy in a ziploc bag and freeze it to use next year. Chocolate and other candy actually freezes quite well (up to 18 months). Chocolate can also be refrigerated to extend its shelf life for about a year. Hard and soft candies can do well at room temperature for up to a year - provided that you keep them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Then whenever another holiday comes up, you can pull out your candy and use it! You can also save on candy by buying it on clearance and storing frozen until the holiday comes around again.
- Save and use in birthday goody bags for your next child's birthday party. You will save on cost because you already have the candy on hand.
- Send it to the troops! Check out Operation Shoebox, they are actually requesting your leftover candy. Just mail it to them and they will handle getting it over to the troops. What a worthy cause (they are also in need of other items, if you can help). Operation Gratitude does the same thing too.
- Put together small "appreciation gifts" for anyone you can think of: the mailman, friends, coaches, etc. You could add something else, like a gift card or other small gift to it if you like. Just a simple way to say "Thank You!"
About the Author
Kristy Rose loves the fall season and enjoys the fun her kids have around Halloween time. She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, START HERE and you can publish your first article today!