6 Tips for Dealing With Leftover Halloween Candy

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Halloween preparations are fun, with pumpkin decorating and costume designing. Halloween itself is fun, ringing doorbells and gathering treats. But after it’s over, it can feel like a big hassle trying to figure out how to deal with all of the leftover Halloween candy.

If you’re like most families, your kids will get more candy than they need. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to deal with the excess. Read our blog for our dentists’ tips for dealing with leftover Halloween candy.

Monitoring your child’s candy intake can help prevent cavities. But make sure you bring them to our office for regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. Call All Smiles today at 903-625-9297 to schedule a cleaning or other preventive care.

Start a Halloween Fairy Tradition

Your kids are less likely to miss their candy if it’s replaced with something even better. Consider introducing your youngsters to the Halloween Fairy, a friendly relative of the Tooth Fairy who visits your home on Halloween Night to gather up surplus candy and leaves a fun toy in its place.

Boost the Morale of Troops With Sweet Treats

Troops serving overseas appreciate candy. There are several organizations that collect leftover Halloween candy, then send it to our troops. They include:

  • Operation Gratitude – You can get together with neighbors and host your own collection drive for this organization. Find out more about how to do so on the website.
  • Soldiers’ Angels – This organization distributes donated candy to deployed troops, veterans, and wounded veterans in VA Hospitals. Look for a drop-off site near you on its website. You can even get a donation receipt for tax purposes.
  • Halloween Candy Buy Back – Check out this site for participating locations that will swap out your kids’ candy for items like cash, coupons, or toothbrushes.

Win Friends at the Office With Leftover Halloween Candy

We don’t know of many break rooms where employees don’t appreciate sweet treats. Chances are your coworkers will be glad to help you dispose of your children’s leftover Halloween candy. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to duplicate Michael Scott’s business-school lecture from The Office.

Save It for Holiday Decorating

Many of you make gingerbread men (and women!) and maybe even gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. That’s not too many weeks away. Get creative! You can use tootsie rolls and candy bars for “logs.” Or try making stained glass cookies, a recipe that involves using crushed hard candies to dress up simple sugar cookies.

You won’t even need to wait for Christmas. Treats such as candy corn and M&Ms can be used in holiday centerpieces on Thanksgiving tables. Have your kids help you make these turkey table decorations for each guest’s plate that use several kinds of candy.

Make Homemade Ice Cream

If you’ve got an ice cream maker, you only need four ingredients to make tasty ice cream for your kids and the rest of your family – including candy bars from the Halloween haul. The recipe involves only a few steps and is easy enough for older kids to do themselves with supervision:

  • Melt 4 ounces chopped candy bars with a half cup of sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler.
  • Add a cup each of whole milk and half and half to the melted candy mixture.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours, then process in an ice cream maker.
  • Top it off with some chopped candy bars before serving.

Put Leftover Halloween Candy in the Deep Freeze

Most unopened candy will keep for months if you freeze it. Delay the gratification by putting leftover Halloween candy in the freezer. Thaw it out later in small batches when you want to treat your kids – or hey, even yourself.

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