1. Donate it. There are many opportunities to donate your Halloween candy. Here are a few that I know of:
- Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donations for kids. You can search for a local branch here.
- Many churches and other places of worship have candy drop-offs or accept candy donations.
- Operation Gratitude sends care packages to troops overseas.
- Any Soldier sends packages to individuals volunteers who then pass them on to soldiers who don’t get much mail. That soldier then shares his package with his troop.
- Other places to donate would be food pantries, pediatric wards, and nursing homes.
2. Sell your candy. Our pediatric dentist participates in a candy buy back program every year. The dentists “buy” the candy from the kids with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, etc. The dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military groups. You can find a participating dentist by visiting http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com and entering your zip code in the upper right hand corner.
4. Another option is to freeze your extra candy. Chocolate freezes very well and can be stored for up to a year in an airtight container (I use a ziploc bag.) This is also great because when you want a piece you have to wait for it to thaw :)
6. We enjoy cookie decorating parties during the holiday season. Pull out the candy that can be used to decorate cookies and save yourself the expense of buying them later on.
9. Use the candy to bake with. There are lots of recipes that call for candy. You can use M&Ms and pretty much any chocolate candy bar to make delicious cookies. Just chop them up and throw it in your favorite cookie recipe or top your cupcakes with them. Yummy!
10. Leftover candy is perfect for ice cream toppings as well. Almost every chocolate candy can be used as an ice cream topping. Just chop them up when you are ready to use. You can also use the candy to make milkshakes – yum!