So Halloween’s over and your little goblins and ghouls have brought in their piles of treats. It’s all well and good to make a great haul this season, but how much candy is “too much?” If you’re one of the parents who said “one bag is enough” then here are some cool things to make with candy after Halloween. You’re sure to find something that makes everyone happy after Halloween.
”The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It's unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that's never been advertised. And there's a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there's a ton of it left over.” - Lewis Black
Donate Your Candy!
Have a surplus of candy? Why not donate it to kids who weren’t able to go trick-or-treating? Alternatively there are lots of VA sponsored programs for the troops abroad. So you can always donate Halloween candy to children's hospitals or other organizations. It’s a good deed that will be much appreciated this fall. Here’s a list of places that will give your candy to a someone in need.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Operation Trick or Treating for the Troops
- Operation Shoebox
- Children’s Hospitals
- Operation Gratitude
- Halloween Candy Buy Back
- Treats for Troops
The things kids’ dreams are made of. Why not combine all your candy coated chocolates and create a wonderful brownie with multiple candies inside? You never quite know what you’re going to get! It’s a perfect afternoon baking project on what to do with leftover trick or treat candy.
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If you’re a more ambitions baker (or just have a really great fudge recipe) melting down the chocolates into a one of a kind fudge creation can be ideal. You can use all your favorite candy-coated chocolates. It’s almost like a leftover Halloween candy cake. But, y’know, fudge.
Rice Krispies Treats
Who doesn’t love a Rice Krispies treat? And the only thing better is one baked with leftover Halloween candy. Snap, Crackle, and Pop are always delighted to have a new friend on board. So create a new dessert experience using an old formula with a Halloween twist. Also it’s super easy to make.
Melt it into Hot Fudge
Get those candies in a microwave and turn it into an ice cream supplement. Maybe the perfect ice cream supplement, because you’re blending hot fudge with candy, which parlors would have charged extra for. When it comes to cool things to make with candy, this is the hottest.
Some candy just doesn’t have an expiration date. So it makes sense to save some candies for another year. It’s perfect if you don’t want to donate leftover Halloween candy and save some money. Hard candy especially will last.
Much like a gingerbread house, this candy/toy is an edible creative outlet. If you have creative kids and were left wondering “what to do with leftover hard candy” then this is the perfect outlet. Just be sure to take a picture before it’s eaten! Sugarplums reign supreme.
The “Candy Fairy”
Just like the tooth fairy, the “candy fairy” will swap out candy for money or toys. And much like the tooth fairy, this magical creature cares about your children’s dental health! If you’re worried your kid is consuming too much sugar, just replace it with cash or toys. Then donate the candy to make it one of the few Halloween candy ideas where everybody wins!
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