So Halloween (or Easter, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc) has passed and parents everywhere are looking for ways to use the pounds of candy the kids receive. Little ones shouldn’t eat all the sugar, fat and calories, and those things don’t belong on the hips and thighs of their parents either.
So what to do? Here are five quick and easy ways to make use of all the leftover candy without it adding to your weight or giving your kids the sugar rush of their lives.
1. Freeze it. Take all the miniature candy bars that the family loves and freeze them in a couple freezer bags. Pull them out one at a time to thaw overnight or pull out a whole bag for a last-minute party, potluck, or playdate.
2. Reuse it. Chopping up chocolate candy bars is great to add to cake mix, cookie, or brownie batter. They can add dimension to the dessert and an extra little punch to traditional boxed mixes. Throw them on top of ice cream sundaes, blend into milkshakes, or toss with popcorn for a salty-sweet taste. And be sure to share these dolled up treats with friends and neighbors. Sharing the calories is good for everyone concerned!
Need some recipes? Author, recipe developer, and Food Network winner, Camilla Saulsbury, has a few good examples. Her Mother Lode Chocolate Toffee Bars are sure to be winners in any circle.
3. Sell it. No really. Businesses around the country, mainly dentist offices, are offering candy buy back programs. Kids get to have the fun of trick-or-treating but they don’t have to actually eat all the candy they get. Instead, they can receive cold, hard cash in exchange for their candy so they can buy something they really want.
Atlanta’s Pediatric Dentistry at Vinings is one of the many dentistry offices nationwide participating in the Halloween candy buy back program.