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What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

November 4th, 2014

What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

We hope you had a happy and safe Halloween. ¬†Whether you passed out candy and have extras, or your kids got too much (or even want to get rid of the stuff they don’t like), here are some ideas for getting through that mountain of sugar.

Donate It

Halloween Candy Buy Back works with dentists and Operation Gratitude. You can go to the website and look for participating dentists near you. Some dentists are offering prizes, or money in exchange for the candy. You can also send your candy directly to:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
Attn: Angel Cuevas / Halloween Candy
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: Angel Cuevas: 262-674-7281 (262-OPGRAT-1)

They request it be shipped by mid-November.

Check your local newspaper, television or radio station for other local donation spots.

Exchange It

Some dentists are offering coupons or cash in exchange for your candy. They then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude.

You can look online at Halloween Candy Buy Back or check the websites for your local newspaper, television or radio station for participating dentists.

Create With It

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Freeze It

Put hard candies or fruity sweets like Starburst into tightly sealed bags. Chocolate freezes very well, and is a great treat for your brown bag lunches. Plus you wont need to use an ice pack to keep your beverage cool.

But do be careful if you eat the candy from the freezer. Let it thaw a little bit otherwise you might crack a tooth.

Bake With It

Chopped or crushed, they add a great flavor to brownies and cookes…even cake batter. Use skittles and other small colored candy to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

Drink (or Eat) It

Add it to a milkshake like the ice cream chains do, only save the money by making it yourself. Some blenders can handle chopping up the candy like Butterfinger or Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, and some can’t and you may need to chop it up a little before blending. And while it’s not drinking, you can also use candy as an ice cream topping. If you’re really adventurous, you could thaw the ice cream out a little and smoosh in the candy, and then pop it back into the freezer.

Play With It

Have a science experiment afternoon where you try out different things with the candy. Microwave it and see if it melts. Create a mentos geyser with a bottle of diet Coke. Find more ideas here

So what will you be doing with your candy?

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