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What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy


Sadly, Halloween has come and gone. But we’d bet you still have a ton of leftover candy from the night, right? So what do you do with all that candy? Sure, you could eat it over the course of a few months (or maybe weeks if you’re like us), but that’s not the only option! Check out these four great things to do with leftover Halloween candy!

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween is the time to eat candy
What to do with all that leftover candy. Source: Mental floss

Halloween buyback is a new concept that allows kids to support local businesses by giving up their candy. It’s actually a very simple trade. You can exchange the candy at the dental office for example with a toothbrush. Some local stores will also give you a few coupons in exchange for candy. There are so many websites online that can help you with this. Just key in your zip code and you will get a list of local stores or businesses that are offering the buyback program.

Support the Troops

Treats the troops to some candy
Support the troops with treats. Source: Soldier Angels

Troops deployed in various countries abroad will definitely appreciate your candy. The great thing is that there are many ways you can explore to send them your best wishes and a little taste of sugar. One program is called the Soldiers’ Angel.

The program organizes a “Treat for Troops” event each year to collect enough candy and ship it to soldiers all around the world. The treats are also distributed to Veteran Affairs hospitals across the country. Soldiers’ Angels has collected thousands of tons in Halloween candy. If you want to be part of this program, just go to their website, enter your zip code, and you will get all the collection centers handling the candy. Another program called Operation Gratitude is also available for people who want to donate candy to the troops.

Freeze It

If you still feel that the candy has more use in the future, just freeze it. You can then add it to milkshakes, ice cream, cookie dough, and many other things that need tasty sugar in them. Although this is not always the first option for most people, it still offers a very useful way to ensure the leftover candy doesn’t go to waste. The only challenge will be if there’s too much candy. However, you can try all the steps above and you can just freeze whatever remains behind.

Make a Delicious Treat

Or craft a culinary masterpiece
Amazing use of holiday candy. Source: Food Network

Why not put all that candy to good use and make some delicious treats? You can save the Halloween candy and then use them to make desserts for Thanksgiving or other holidays. For the image above, it’s a simple cake decorated with Halloween candy pieces. You’ll need about 4 cups of your leftover candy to cover a two-layer 8-inch round cake.

What are you planning on doing with all of your leftover Halloween candy? Let us know in the comments below!

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