The Day After Halloween… What do I do with All this Candy? ugh!
We have all been there. Halloween is over and you have loads of candy now stashed in your pantry taunting you for a late night snack or an afternoon pick-me-up or a quick breakfast appetizer—no judgement here! I mean chocolate and coffee—this pairing is a real thing in the gourmet, artisan, foodie world!
And the idea of spending every. single. day for the next three weeks negotiating how many pieces will be rationed to your children, sounds like a slow painful death. Please tell me I am not the only Mama out there that feels this way.
So, here’s a quick guide to navigating the Halloween Candy Conundrum.
One of my favorite childhood memories of Halloween was at the end of the night when my twin sister and I would pour out our loads and sort through our candy. We would group them, all the snickers in one pile, all the skittles in another… then we would sort the “inedible” candies from the “good stuff”. We would count how many of each we received. We would simply enjoy the abundance! Each Halloween we would eat candy and yet I have no memories of actually tasting the candy. I do have sweet memories of playing with them. Let your kids PLAY with the candy and FEEL the abundance.
Save and indulge
Yes, I said save and indulge!!! I mean it is Halloween after all.
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Miniatures. One piece contains 40 calories and “only” 4 grams of sugar. This is great for an after dinner dessert or a mid-day pick me up. Plus dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and contains iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese.
And because dark chocolate has such a deep, rich, sightly bitter flavor profile, you are less likely to overindulge. Save these.
Fun Size Pay Day These fun size bars are for the heartier snacker! These contain about 90 calories (one goes a long way!) and contain 8 grams of sugar. But they also contain 3 grams of protein which will help maintain blood glucose levels. That means you shouldn’t have the big sugar crash after indulging in one of these sweet treats.
Remember: savor, savor, savor! When we enjoy foods in a consciously aware state, they taste richer and their flavors more nuanced. Save indulgences for after the kids are in bed for distraction free, sweet enjoyment!
Did you know you can actually freeze candy for about 6 months? Save money and freeze any leftover candy for your child’s next Birthday Piñata . Now I do have to say, if you are the type that would love to eat a frozen candy as much as a fresh candy, then this might not be your solution. No need to set yourself up for a midnight raid of the freezer. 🙂
This mom is amazing! Kimberly Crandell, is a mother of three, with an aeronautical engineering degree. She has come up with 10 brilliant ways of using leftover Halloween candy to satisfy your inner scientist! Oh and the kids will have fun with this too. 😉 From exploding monster marshmallows in the microwave to re-enacting the scientific experiment that supposedly killed “Mikey” (ie. Poprocks and CocaCola explosion!), you are sure to have a great time.
Pass this along to elementary math and science teachers. These are great ideas for the week following Halloween. I am sure all parents would gladly send ALL of the leftover candy with their kids for some of these fun experiments.
Check out her article, here.
DONATE and serve
This has to be my very favorite!! 2016 Halloween Candy for Heroes!
We did this last year and my oldest really enjoyed it. Operation Gratitude sends leftover Halloween candy to American troops serving over seas. This is such a fantastic option if you have young school-aged children at home—what better way to transform Halloween into an opportunity to teach empathy and service to others. And what a way to lift the spirits of soldiers around the world fighting so that we may be safe!
Don’t forget to have them use up all of the Halloween art supplies you have hanging around by making the soliders a fun card!
Here are the Do’s and Dont’s
- DO ship your candy NO LATER THAN November 15 to:
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Attn: Angel Cuevas/Receiving (818)469-0448
- DO line your boxes with big bags to safely ship loose candy, or place the candy into zip-close bags.
- DO include donations of individually-packaged toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste — we need to keep smiles on the troops’ faces all shiny, bright and healthy!
- DO fill out the Donation Form and include the number of pounds of candy, number of toothbrushes, etc., you are shipping. This donation form is a downloadable PDF file, so even if you don’t see a window pop up, a file has been downloaded.
- DO include a Donation Form in every box or carton you send to us and note the total number of packages you are sending to us on each form.
- DON’T ship the candy to any other Operation Gratitude address than the Lassen Street address.
- DON’T purchase candy for us at the 1/2-off sales after Halloween — just send us your extra/leftover candy and please consider making a financial donation instead.
- DON’T use boxes any larger than 24″x 24″x 20,” please.
- DON’T send Pixy Stix (or other powdery candy) – unfortunately, they make a mess of the Care Packages.
- DON’T sort your candy. We want to make sure our Troops and First Responders get a variety of treats in each care package.We encourage everyone to write letters/cards to the troops that we can include with the candy in our care packages: Letter Writing Flyer
And here’s the important shipping info.
Comment below if you have more ideas! I would love to hear them and I am sure others would love to hear them too!