For children, there is nothing more exciting than coming home with a mountain of candy on Halloween night. But as a parent, you don’t want them to eat it all at once—or probably don’t want them to eat all of it at all—and even children eventually tire of eating the same candy day after day. So, what are other ways you can use up all of that candy? Below are the best ways to use up Halloween candy.
This is an excellent option if you are looking to add a little nutritional value to those treats. M&M’s are easy to add to a trail mix, as are Reece’s Pieces and other small, round candies. But even the less traditional options can work. Chop up candy bars and throw them in with some nuts and some Chex cereal. You can even add pretzels and popcorn for a treat that is sweet and salty.
It won’t make those candies healthier, but it is an excellent way to use up the candy, so it isn’t laying around the house anymore. Add them to cookies, cakes, brownies, and even pies. Candy and baked goods naturally complement each other, so this is sure to be a hit.
One option that is growing in popularity is to take the candy to a buy-back program. These programs are usually run by dentists and orthodontists. You take the candy in and they weigh it, then give you a certain amount of money per pound of candy. Kids love having the chance to earn money, and you don’t have to worry about your child eating nutritionless candy for months on end.
If trading the candy for money appeals to you but there are no buy-back programs in your area, you can always rely on the Candy Fairy. Much like the Tooth Fairy, this little helper will come at night and take the candy away, leaving some money in its place.