Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What to do with all the candy?

This year I had even more candy than usual, because I had two full-time trick-or-treaters!  In addition to Halloween night, they also went to a Halloween party at daddy's work, and both boys received treat bags from their Sunday School teacher as well as their AWANA classes.  Talk about sugar overload.

I looked into the program where dentists buy back candy (you can check if there are any in your area here) and send it to troops overseas, but there aren't any in our area that participate.  So now I'm on a mission to find creative ways to use up the candy.

The first thing I did was to separate the candy by chocolates, suckers, fruity flavored candies, bubble gum and sour candy so I could better see what we have and figure out what to do with it.

I filled a snack-size Ziploc bag with hard candies for my purse for church, to curb the dry-throat cough.  I like hard candy as an alternative to gum, which loses its flavor too quickly.

I froze some of the chocolate to use for cookies and brownies.

I made up a few Halloween Trail Mix snacks so the boys could have a not-completely-unhealthy afternoon snack while still having some of their goodies.  I just grabbed a few things from the pantry and mixed in some of the treats they received over the weekend.

Snack Mix 1
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 3 fun size packs of M&Ms
  • 1 box of raisins
  • 1/2 cup S'mores flavored Goldfish snack crackers (has chocolate and honey graham flavors, as well as marshmallows)

Snack Mix 2
  • 1 cup of cheerios
  • 3 fun size packages of peanut M&Ms
  • 1 box of raisins
  • 1 package of teddy bear crackers

This is the type of snack that really has limitless possibilities, as there are so many other kid-friendly items that can be substituted or added, depending on what's in the pantry on any given day.  It's also a great way to clean out the pantry by using up the last little bit of the packages that always seems to get left behind.  Plus, it stores well and travels well, so it's a great go-to snack.

How do you use up your candy?

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