Twas the day after Halloween and all through the house were piles and piles and piles of candy. Mother exclaims, “What do we do with all this candy!?!”
Tricks for Treats:
1. Operation Christmas Child– My favorite thing to do with Halloween candy is to share it with children less fortunate from all over the world via Operation Christmas Child. The kids and I will go through all the candy and separate out all the hard candy to send in a shoe box for a child overseas in time for Christmas. Shoe box gifts need to be turned in to a drop off location by the second week of November, so the timing is perfect!
2. Re-purposed Yumminess– I’ve found some sensational recipes for creating something new from Halloween candy. Check out the Monster Mouths apple treat, perfect for an after school snack, at Better Homes and Gardens, the Twix Cheesecake Pie, a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table, at Real Simple, and the Snickers Brownie Bites, an excellent Christmas gift for my father in law, at Woman’s Day.
3. Freeze it– You can use candy that’s been frozen all year long! Add a chocolate to your coffee for a special treat, crunch up several candies and sprinkle them on top of your ice cream, and use it in your baking for an added surprise.
4. Use it for advent– We have a great wooden advent calendar that we use every year to count down the days to Christmas, I love it when I have enough to fill the whole thing with Halloween candy!
5. Just eat it already– This, of course, is my kids favorite thing to do with all their Halloween candy. Ok, I confess, when it comes to the chocolates, it might be my favorite idea too.