What to do with leftover Halloween candy?!

1. Homemade flavored vodka

Some candies dissolve beautifully in vodka, creating “infused” booze. If you plan on making flavored booze for holiday presents or parties, now is the time to start. Besides candies, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits, or dried flowers. I’ll bet that Wether’s Originals dissolved in vodka make for some tasty shots.

2. Crafts

If candies get stale and seem rather inedible, consider using them for fun arts and crafts. Decorate a “house” using a shoe box and make a home for the “pumpkin fairy” (see below 🙂

3. Donate it

Nursing homes, doctor’s offices, women’s shelters, children’s hospitals – everyone loves candy, and spreading the sweetness can be a great way to avoid gorging on it all yourself.
There are quite a few organizations that accept candy donations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities.

4. Send it to overseas troops

Not so much for chocolate (which doesn’t travel well), but other candy is appreciated as a part of care packages for the troops.
Operation Gratitude sends care packages to the troops overseas. Make sure you have your child include a letter of support to a soldier. According to Operation Gratitude, that’s what the soldiers love most.

5. Play with it

Use the candy to have some fun. Have your kids build with the candy as if they were building blocks. My kids love to build structures using the jelly, butter and sugar packets on restaurant tables, so why not do the same at home. See who can build the tallest candy tower. Have your toddlers play games sorting the candy into sizes, colors or exact matches. Have them work on counting with the candy making groups of fives or tens.

6. Exchange it

You don’t want your kids to eat all of the candy they collect but you also don’t want them to feel like you are taking away their hard earned prize. So, have them exchange it. Say hello to the “Pumpkin Fairy” who comes on Halloween night and exchanges the candy for little gifts such as a craft kit, book or toy.

7. Or, donate it to science

Older kids will have a blast running experiments with their candy. Check out CandyExperiments.com for some cool science experiments that go beyond exploding Mentos in Coke. Making Lifesavers flash in the dark or running acid tests on your candy look like some serious fun.
Little kids will like “experimenting” on their own. I can give my two-year-old a pile of candy, a bowl of water, and a spoon, and soon he’s cooking or discovering which ones float and sink.

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