What to do with leftover candy besides eat it
It’s that time of year when candy takes over many aspects of life. From parties at school or church to nights of festivities, it can be overwhelming, and sugar levels are bound to skyrocket through the roof. Trick-or-treating on Halloween night is one of every child’s favorite activities, but once it’s over, parents have the predicament of figuring out what to do with all that candy their children have collected. At Velocity Care we came up with some ideas to help you make sure you and your family don’t just eat it all at once:
Put most of the candy in the freezer so that you can use it throughout the year in recipes or as little treats for your children (or yourself).
Make trail mix snacks
If your children are not allergic to nuts, turn the candy into trail mix. Mix pieces of candy like M&M’s, chocolate-covered raisins, Reese’s Pieces or any other small candy your child enjoys with nuts like almonds, peanuts and cashews. Dried fruit will round out the trail mix for an energizing and mostly healthy snack.
Bring it to the office
Let your children take a few of their favorite pieces for themselves, then put the rest of the candy in a bowl on your desk or in the break room and share it with your coworkers.
Use it as a learning tool
Small pieces of candy like Dots and M&M’s can help small children learn to count, add and subtract.
Use it as decoration
With the holidays right around the corner, Halloween candy makes wonderful decorations for gingerbread houses. Make sure you freeze the candy to keep it fresh until December.
Put it in a piñata
For your child’s next birthday party, use the individually wrapped candy as stuffing for a piñata or as party favors for guests. If there’s a while yet before the next birthday, you may want to freeze the candy.
Send it to the troops
Organizations like Operation Shoebox will gladly accept the candy your child collected and send it to soldiers overseas as a show of appreciation for their service.
These are just a few ideas on how to use up all of the Halloween candy your child will come home with on Halloween night.
If you or your children develop an allergic reaction or a rash from something you pick up on Halloween, seek medical assistance at your nearest urgent care facility. The board-certified, emergency medicine physicians at Velocity Care are committed to providing premier medical care for you and your family with little or no wait. Visit one of our clinics so we can help you feel better.
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