For kids, the best part of Halloween is scoring bags upon bags of candy. But, what do you do with this pile once the event is over. Here are a few fun ideas on how to reuse, repurpose, or recycle these treats.
Participate in a candy exchange. Many communities have a buy back program where leftover candies are purchased back. There are also some dentists and orthodontists who will offer candy exchanges. You bring in your candy and get a healthy treat in exchange. Or some stores will pay you $1 per pound, and then donate the candy to soup kitchens or to troops overseas. Or take the candy to a local charity; Ronald McDonald House, nursing homes, food pantries, children’s hospitals, veterans’ homes, or women’s shelters.
Chocolate and candy can be frozen. So when you’re craving a quick treat, add a chocolate bar or chocolate covered peanuts or raisins to milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream and plain cookie dough. For your milkshake, toss in a banana, berries, some greens and yogurt for some nutrition.
Bake it into cakes, muffins, cookies, or loaves. Try peanut butter cup cookies or brownies with fun size candy bars inside. Or just put it on top of cakes and cupcakes, or stir it into icing
Make your own trail mix. Add some M&M’s, chocolate covered peanuts or raisins to a bowl of pretzels, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
Pair chocolate with wine or coffee. The chocolate, caramel, nuttiness of many bars go great with flavored coffee or aged ports.
Christmas is so near and it’s not to early to start decorating. You can use small pieces of candy to decorate a Gingerbread house. They colorful and will add a cheerful pattern to your design.
Share the love and take your left over candy to work. It will disappear very quickly.