Now that Halloween is (almost) over, what are you going to do with all that candy? You could just put it in the pantry until you feel like a treat, but that would be boring. There are lots of ways to use that candy that are better than just shoveling it in. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Recycle it! If it’s still Halloween, take the candy your kids bring home and hand it out to trick-or-treaters. Just don’t let your kids catch you. 😉
- Take it to work. Let your coworkers finish it off for you. Put a bowl out in the kitchen and it should be empty by the time you leave the office. Just think of all the calories and cavities you just saved!
- Make a pinata. You can make a pinata out of paper mache and then stuff it with all this left over candy. Pinatas are also great stress relief. Make one for your kids and another for you to beat the heck out of when no one’s around.
- Bake with it. M&M’s and Red Hots are great baked into cookies. Bite-sized candy bars can be baked into cupcakes. There must be a recipe that calls for Candy Corn?!?!
- Decorate with it. Ah ha! Use Candy Corn to decorate cakes, cookies, cupcakes or a gingerbread house. Candy Corn makes good scary teeth (in more ways than one). Between #4 and #5 you could make one heck of a dessert!
- Melt it down. Chocolate candies can be melted down and used in making brownies, cakes or new candy. I’m not sure what happens if you try to melt down a Butterfinger or Peanut Butter Cup, but now I’m dying to find out.
- Mix into ice cream. Mix candy into store-bought ice cream, like Cold Stone or Marble Slab. Better yet, mix it into homemade ice cream. Give it a cool name like Black Cat Crunch (chocolate ice cream with chopped Butterfinger and Heath Bar.)
I hope you find a good use for all that candy (that doesn’t involve you eating all of it.) Remember that even a few pieces here and there all add up on you and your kids.