Halloween has just passed and while the festivals and trick-or-treating were fun, we don’t really need all of that candy. Rather than letting it go to waste, here are some tips for using the leftover Halloween candy.
1) Use it for Christmas. The candy that doesn’t have Halloween colored wrapper would work well in the kids’ stockings. No sense in spending money on new candy when you have plenty. Set some aside for later.
2) Put out a candy bowl at work. A little Snickers bar or Reese’s cup helps make the day a little brighter. Cheer up your co-worker’s day with a little treat.
3) Put it in your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Each year, our family does several shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. I usually save our hard candy for the shoeboxes. Of course, you’ll want to inspect the candy first and pick out the non-perishable stuff. Put it in a sandwich size ziploc bag and place in the shoebox with your other items. Don’t forget - collection dates for shoeboxes are this month!
4) Use the candy in recipes. I’ve heard of people adding chopped Milky Way bars to their cake batter or making homemade ice cream. Search the internet and I’m sure you’ll find recipes.
5) Donate it. The local food bank could use it as a special treat to put in their food boxes for those in need. Perhaps your child’s teacher could use it as a special treat or in the prize box. Some schools have policies against using sweets, so check with the teacher.
What ways can you use the leftover candy?
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