It's finally over...the excitement, the costumes, the parties...and now you have a gigantic pile of candy in your house. Let's face it, the novelty wears off after a couple of days, and then you're faced with the reality of a big bowl of temptation for you and your kids.
There's nothing to do but get rid of it! But how? I am a frugal sort and don't like to throw things away. But a little research uncovered lots of fabulous ways to put that candy to good use.
Experiment on it! No kidding, you can do fun science experiments with candy. See a key ingredient in chocolate ooze to the surface in the chocolate bloom test, check out what dyes might be in your candy with a color separation test, or float the letters off an M&M. This might also reinforce the point of candy being a "sometimes food."
Give it away! Call domestic violence or homeless shelters to see if they can use your bounty. Or, many groups accept donations of hard candies (that won't melt) to send in care packages to soldiers overseas.
Re-purpose it! Open up all those packs of M&Ms and mix them with nuts and dried fruit to make your own trail mix. You could also chop up solid chocolate bars or mini peanut butter cups and freeze them in freezer bags for holiday baking. Or make these yummy-sounding rice krispie energy bites and sprinkle chopped-up candy bars over the top instead of drizzling chocolate...this renders them less healthy but even more yummy.
How do you get rid of the leftover Halloween candy?