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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?


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by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (21-27):
lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

It eventually gets eaten.

batjmom
by Sarah on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Lol

Quoting sweetheart4171:

We didn't go trick or treating this year so this isn't an issue but in previous years my hubby handled the overflow problem and ate it
mrswillie
by Silver Member on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM
We save the chocolate for holiday baking
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toriandgrace
by Member on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Right? I love Halloween. Lol


Quoting kaybear123:

 I just eat it all....



Mom2jngnc
by Member on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM


Quoting EthansMomma2010:

My son is little so we don't go many places. He is also allergic to most candies. So I switch witch it for organic fruit leather and hide the candy for myself for a bad day. We haven't gone yet though because our got moved due to weather.

I will say in Upstate NY, they don't move Halloween at all. 

Which is good. I mean yes, my kids were out in a 55 degree drizzle, but if our town moved it to Saturday.... well we run the risk of neighboring towns leaving it on Thursday and then kids from the other towns coming here. 

I mean I have the Friday/Saturday years with kids coming from neighboring SD's. They finish theirs and hear rumor that TnT goes longer in our town. 




Mom2jngnc
by Member on Nov. 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Ours eventually gets eaten, at Valentines Day. 

I mean 5 kids and about 4 pieces a day takes awhile.

jen113000
by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Neat ideas!
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