Once the costumes are tucked away and the trick-or-treaters are in bed, there always seems to be something scary left behind…piles of candy.
There’s plenty you can do with the leftover holiday candy that doesn’t involve chocolate-covered stomach aches. Here’s our advice for how to use every last piece. Our favorite? Donate to a charity near you!
1. Bake These Leftover Holiday Candy Recipes
Halloween treats and teeth aren’t exactly BFFs. We do indulge in the occasional sweet fix, but we just make sure to always brush afterward! Grab your apron and your kiddos’ leftover chocolate — it’s time to whip up a decadent dessert!
Why chocolate? Not only is chocolate delicious, but it’s also one of the least harmful sweets for your teeth. It can be eaten easily and dissolves quickly in the mouth, which decreases the amount of time that the sugar stays in contact with teeth.
2. Create with Leftover Holiday Candy
After you celebrate Halloween, it’s time to go from monsters to masterpieces! Make a candy mosaic or edible jewelry. Any candy with a colored coating makes the perfect medium. Dip pieces into small bowls of water and then swirl on paper. Trust us — the memories are worth the mess!
3. Donate Leftover Halloween Candy
Get a head start on holiday decorations! Your household candy can bring a smile to someone nearby or halfway across the world. Many charities encourage donations of any kind, including candy! Donate candy to a local shelter or soup kitchen.
4. Educate with Leftover Holiday Candy
Trick or teach? Both! Use treats to teach, and kids won’t even notice they’re learning!
Younger kids can practice patterns, counting, and colors. Encourage little ones to sort candy by color or shape — the possibilities are endless! More experienced trick-or-treaters can brush up on their math skills. Get started with this candy math worksheet.
Now that you’re not up to your ears in candy corn, which ideas are you most excited to try? After the fun and games are complete, always remember to have your kids brush and floss before bed.
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*Updated September 2021