7 Things to Do With Leftover Candy (That Doesn’t Involve Eating It All)

Days after Halloween and you still have a big sack of Halloween candy. What to do with it all? You don’t want your child to eat it all, and you probably shouldn’t eat it all.


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Each family has a different way of dealing with the candy from Halloween. Some ban it altogether, some gorge for the day, some choose a couple favorite candies, and spread it out over a few days. Regardless of how you decide to cope with the mountain of candy, you’re sure to have a big pile of it left. We’ve collected ideas on what you can do with the excess.

Bake it

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Photo: Sally’s Baking Addiction

This is the most versatile option and you have a multitude of ways of doing it. Instead of using chocolate in your recipes, substitute it with your halloween candy. You could give the treats a slightly healthier twist with these Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies or Java Twix Banana Bread or Banana Pops. Alternatively, you could embrace the decadence and go with this Icebox Candy Bar Candy Pie.

Freeze it

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Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Put leftover chocolate bars in the freezer. Through out the year, you can add a frozen candy bar into a milkshake, crumble it over ice cream, or turn it into a sauce for a sundae among other options. You could also turn your candy into an ice cream.

Put it in trail mix

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Put aside smaller candies like M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces to be mixed with nuts and dried fruit to make your own homemade trail mix.

Give it away

Many dentists offer a buy back program offering a $1 for a pound of candy. Call your local dentist to see if this is offered in your community. Alternatively you can donate your leftover Halloween candy to women’s shelters. Call ahead to ensure your donation is welcomed. Or, bring it to the office! Just don’t eat it all yourself.

Decorate gingerbread

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Save your Halloween candy for a couple months and use it to decorate gingerbread men and houses during the holiday season. It won’t get eaten anyways, and you save money when you don’t have to purchase candy to decorate.

Use it for science

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You can use your leftover halloween candy for science experiments at home. Kids Health has a great line up of experiments to do with various types of candy that you may have leftover.

Create an advent calendar

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The holidays come a month early with a Halloween candy advent calendar. With only one item a day, it limits your child’s consumption of candy and stops you from eating it all. One mom found thisto be a great way of involving her child in some fun while not overeating.

What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy? Tell us in the comments. 

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