Is your household drowning in leftover Halloween candy?
Oh my goodness – Mine is. The candy is coming in from everywhere already.
School, Trunk or Treats, Sunday School, Grandma…I think the last one is probably the worst since she brings in the BIG BAG. Ugh.
Don’t get me wrong…I love leftover Halloween candy as much as you do. BUT. If you’re like me, you’re probably addicted to chocolate and caramel and all the good things. I have no self control, especially when the weather starts getting cooler. All I want to do is eat junk.
Luckily, I’ve been fighting this since I was a young child growing up in “Grandma’s” house. We would have leftover Halloween candy sitting out all the time but I never learned much about willpower. Or if I did, I never had it.
So, I’m going to share with you:
* 4 Simple Ways to take care of that leftover Halloween candy,
* Tips for keeping candy in your house that you can feel good about,
* Steps to help you stop worrying what you might turn into if you have Halloween candy in your home.
Friend, it’s just candy. I know how you feel and I’m here to help. Let’s dive in.
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1. Freeze It
Out of sight, out of mind. If you have a freezer at home, you should try this. This is my first go-to.
You can also use the refrigerator if you don’t have a freezer. The plus of this is that you can still hide the candy but it won’t freeze. I prefer freezing, though just because I don’t look into the freezer as often . Also, my kids don’t look into the freezer as often either.
So, freezing candy is super simple and you can use it later. Place the candy into freezer safe containers. Pop it into the freezer for safe keeping. The candy can be frozen for up to one year. And that’s all there is to it.
2. Ration Leftover Halloween Candy
This can be a tough one. It goes along with out of sight, out of mind…but you can still have your candy and eat it, too. If you still want a piece of candy or if your kids are begging for some, that’s ok!
Only too much candy will hurt you. But a little bit won’t. One or two pieces are ok if you have the management to do so. It’s all about learning to ration and a little bit of planning might be all you need.
Make a goal to only eat one or two pieces of candy per day after a meal or at snack time. You can use single sized snack bags for this task. Put the baggies or candy dish up high or in a place you won’t generally walk by and notice.
You could also use it as a reward system for you or your kids to get chores done. A pretty good incentive if I do say so myself.
Have as MUCH candy as you want within reason. Again, one or two pieces isn’t going to hurt you. It might even make you happier but you have to stand your ground.
Make Baked Treats
“Good candy” or chocolate pieces can be transformed into something even more delicious. There are many recipes out there using leftover Halloween candy pieces in deserts and cookies.
Make a chocolate based Snickers cupcake or Reeses Pie. Or maybe sweet tart treats or decorated cupcakes with M&M’s for eyes. Crunch up candy pieces and bake into cookies or even mix into a fruit dip.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless here. You could also use your frozen candy or freeze the treats after you bake them.
The last tip is my favorite one. I LOVE giving and sharing candy with others. Check this out.
Donate or Give Away
I absolutely love this one. Surely someone else in the world needs that leftover Halloween candy more than you! I’ve got a treat for you today – All the info you need to send your unwanted leftover Halloween candy to Army soldiers.
Not only active deployed soldiers but also:
* Military Families
* Wounded Heroes
* First Responders
* Recruit Grads
How cool is this? I just love this program and the meaning behind it. Sending chocolate to the brave people who serve and protect our country means more to me than keeping it for myself.
Who doesn’t love getting candy in the mail? You can also share your candy with others in your community whom you know. Maybe you know some “shut-ins” or people who can’t leave their house and you want to do something nice for them.
Or just if you want to do something nice for someone else. I truly believe we were put on this earth to share and serve and to help others. This is a great place to start.
It’s Just Too Tempting
You don’t have to keep leftover Halloween candy or even set it out on your tables just to be tempted every time you walk by. You can control your temptations and cravings as well as help others with the above ideas.
I hope you have found these to be helpful. I truly hope they make you feel better about all of that Halloween candy that seems to make it’s way into your home and your life. Remember that it’s just candy.
You can eat it. But if it’s going to make you feel guilty, there’s other ways. Donate it. Freeze it. Bake with it. These are all ways to use Halloween candy that is useful and care free.
What is your favorite Halloween candy?