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Help a Mom: What do you do with all that Halloween candy?

Posted November 5, 2013

Halloween candy

As my kids sorted their Halloween candy for the umpteenth time the other day, I decided I needed to take action.

Their haul was huge last Thursday night. Bigger than ever before, probably. If they ate one piece a day, they'd probably have candy until January.

I've already started a discussion about donating some of the candy. My older daughter's soccer league is collecting candy at its offices this week to donate to the troops. And, last week, I wrote about how some dentists and orthodontists are collecting candy to donate to the troops.

I don't have a problem with them eating candy, but in moderation. I'm not sure a daily piece of candy until January (plus all of the treats of Thanksgiving and Christmas) is really healthy for anyone. 

So they'll be packing up about half of their candy today, I'm sure with some grumbling and complaints. I'm thinking next year I need to start this conversation before Halloween. 

How do you deal with great deals of Halloween candy? 

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  • workingm0m Nov 6, 2013

    Put the chocolate pieces in the freezer. Take them with you to the movies or pull out a couple of pieces as a treat from time to time. Chocolates lasts in freezer for a good amount of time.

    With the rest of it only keep the stuff you like (I obviously like all things chocolate so all of that is in the freezer), i.e. Skittles or Starburst. The rest of it, throw away if it looks kind of old or suspect. Anything else see if teachers can use it or take to work and put on your desk for others -- if you don't like it you wont eat it.

  • moppie Nov 6, 2013

    I agree "jtaylor3". We had the Candy Fairy who pretty much did the same least until my kids got older and figured it out.

  • jtaylor3 Nov 6, 2013

    The "switch witch" steals it the night of Halloween after they go to bed. She leaves a toy. The trick is leaving a toy they want bad enough that they don't care about the candy. I usually store it hidden in ziploc bags and give it out on my terms. It will last a really long time. I've even sent it to school for teachers treat boxes.

  • xo_cuppycake_xo Nov 6, 2013

    A lot of the chocolate can be used in baked goods - cakes, brownies, cookies, etc.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 6, 2013

    Why not just save the candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters next year?

  • this is my Screen Name Nov 6, 2013

    I'm glad I grew up in the 50's and 60's when we got the full sized candy bars, not the little "bite sized" ones. Ours was not taken from us, except the stuff we didn't want in the first place. This stuff just wasn't so over analyzed then.

  • shall6 Nov 6, 2013

    Thanks for the ideas! busyb97, according to Operation Gratitude, they can accept chocolate this time of year.


  • BeKind Nov 6, 2013

    I would suggest limiting the number of places they go trick or treating and not gathering such a large quantity of candy in the first place. Then maybe the people doling the candy out would not have to buy so much of it.

  • Killian Nov 6, 2013

    Our method was this:
    1. Check all candy for tears in the wrapper, etc. Discard any deemed suspect.
    2. Each kid coughs up 1 Reese cup as a service charge for making the costumes and taking them out trick-or-treating.
    3. Each kid then chooses 25 pieces of candy to put back in their bucket. This is their stash.
    4. The rest of the candy goes in a basket and is set by the front door.
    5. During the night, the Halloween Fairy comes and takes all the extra candy away, leaving a new book in return.*
    6. The now invisible candy goes to my office in a jar on my desk for visitors. =)

    *As they got older, they preferred to pick out their own book, so we'd just go to Barnes and Noble after school the next day and they could choose.

    Happy Halloween!

  • gfhines Nov 6, 2013

    Consider giving it to people who are putting together Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Many churches are having shoe box parties and would like to have everything but chocolate.