Halloween 2017 is in the books. Clowns took to the streets with red balloons, children chased after full sized candy bars and (hopefully) fun was had by all! Whether you spent the night handing out candy, watching scary movies or running door to door with your kiddos, you likely found yourself left with an absurd amount of candy.
We all love candy. Sure. But most people can’t or don’t want to actually eat it all. For the kids, the collection is more about bragging rights than consumption; they just want to bring home the biggest bounty. For the dutiful neighbor, it’s simply about ensuring they don’t run out of candy for all those cute little ghosts and goblins. Once the porch lights go out, though, we’re often left with more candy than we know what to do with and much of it ends up going to waste. If you’re looking for a solution for your extra candy; you’ve come to the right place! Here are some things to do with the leftovers…
A lot of dentists offer a “buy back” program where they will collect extra candy and ship it overseas to our troops.
Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Virginia is hosting one such event on Monday, November 6th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. They will accept donations of up to 500lbs of candy in their office at 11720 Plaza America Drive, Suite 110 and will then ship it overseas to our troops.
If you have a student at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, your school can benefit from this program as well and you can drop it off right at the school on November 3rd. See flyer for details!
If Reston is out of area for you, check here to see if your local dentist is participating or check with your elementary school to see if they offer any programs.
Craft with it!
The days of building gingerbread houses are not as far away as we’d like to think. Save some visually pleasing candy to use on your gingerbread house this winter. Think outside the box; it doesn’t have to be green and red to work!
Candied houses aren’t your only option when it comes to crafting with your Halloween stash. Have a bunch of Lolipops? Step up your valentine game this year and get those lollipops off your hands! Spangler Candy has a super cute Valentine’s Day craft for you.
Another holiday favorite is an advent calendar. Country Living has some adorable ideas for crafting your own advent calendar which can help you re-purpose A LOT of that candy. Give the calendar to a friend or family member if you don’t want the candy sticking around your house.
Cook with it!
Melt down your chocolate and use it to coat strawberries for a special someone. Do the same thing with pretzels and wrap them up in a cute little bag as a gift. Both make great gifts for neighbors around The Holidays or just to say “thank you”.
If you are hesitant to wait that long to use your chocolate, you can freeze it until you’re ready to put it to use. Once frozen, consider saving it until summer. You can crush it to use in a toppings bar at an ice cream social or just toss it in a milkshake for a treat as desired!
Don’t sleep on your baking options either. Avery Cooks has a great recipe for use with a couple of the “usual suspects” found in your Halloween stash. Can we say, Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Bars?? Yum! There’s an alternate recipe using Milky Ways too! If you get creative with your recipes, people won’t notice you’re offloading your Halloween candy on them when you bake them a treat!
Still not sure what to do with the leftovers? Try eating some!
-Nicole Campana for Peake Management