5 Things to do with leftover Halloween Candy

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5 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy | The Quinntessential Mommy

5 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy | The Quinntessential Mommy

Fall’s sweetest holiday has come and gone and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already pillaged your kids’ candy and taken some for yourself. Maybe you even ate most of the good stuff already. But…there’s probably still a ton left, right? Gia never met a candy she didn’t like and after a few days of her begging to eat it morning, noon, and night, I’m ready to get it out of here.  So, what can you do with it? Turns out there are PLENTY of ways to use it up all that leftover candy without dumping it in the trash!

1. Bake with it
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Chop up all those candy bars and bake them into cookies or brownies, or use them as toppings on ice cream or cupcakes. Need some inspiration? Check out Follow the Ruels for some easy and delicious recipes. Or try my favorite brownie recipe — Better than Crack Brownies — and get creative! Put in whatever candy you have on hand and be sure to report back on how delicious they were.

Have a ton of M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces? Make some homemade trail mix with them!

Homemade Trail Mix

Use a 2:1 ratio of nuts to everything else. So, if you have one cup of M&Ms, use 2 cups of peanuts and 2 cups of cashews and 1/2 a cup of coconut.

  • dry roasted peanuts
  • cashews or almonds (or both!)
  • raisins or cranberries (or both!)
  • M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces (or…BOTH!)
  • flaked coconut

Mix everything together and store in an airtight container.

2. Host a swap

Have your kids’ friends over and let them swap for what they like. And then revist step 1!

3. Pick what you want and donate the rest

First, give your child a sandwich size ziplock bag and let him or her fill it up with a few treats they want to keep. This way they still get to eat some of their loot, but your house is not overflowing with unhealthy treats. (Thanks to my dear friend Jodi for that tip.)

Then, pack up the rest and donate it. Check out Halloween Candy Buy Back to find out where to bring it. Also, many dentists will pay you per pound of candy you bring to their office so be sure to check with local dentists. Or make a care package and send it to our troops overseas.  Or, you could always bring it to work with you or send it with your husband!

4. Craft with it
5 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy | The Quinntessential Mommy

Photo Credit: Carrie Stephens

Save some of the leftovers for crafting! Use old candy corn to make a wreath for next year. Keep all those M&Ms and anything else small that you can use to decorate a gingerbread house next month. Don’t get rid of those Reese’s Pieces, Smarties, Skittles, Gobstoppers, Hershey’s Kisses, and Whoppers — just hide them with the Christmas stuff for the next month till you’re ready to use them.

5. Save some for later

Certain candy bars freeze very well–we’re looking at you Three Muskateers, MilkyWays and York Peppermint Patties. You can also stash a few in your bag or the diaper bag for when you need a pick me up–or a bribe 😉

 

What else do you do with your leftover candy? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Louise

    My kids are five and two so they did about six houses before calling it a night so this isn’t an issue yet.

    I have a co-worker whose kid went out for 2.5 HOURS. She brought a bag of his candy into work and within 6 hours it was pretty much gone.

    I like the baking ideas – I already do that with my girls – so future reference…

    11-03-14 at 8:50 pm
    • Reply admin

      Hi Louise! I’m kinda envious that you only did 6 houses! We were out for about an hour and my daughter filled up 2 of those pumpkin things. The amount of candy was just insane! Good thing I love candy… LOL

      11-08-14 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    These are fantastic ideas! I was just thinking about freezing some of the chocolate and then I thought to myself, “Ha! As if that stuff will survive the week with ME around!” lol! Thanks for sharing!

    11-02-15 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Oh! The holiday candy buyback link isn’t working. I think you may have put an extra space at the end (when I deleted it, the link worked then). Thanks for sharing about that!

    11-02-15 at 11:09 am
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