Sweet Treats


What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Yesterday I had only three trick or treaters.


Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat stopped by.

So instead of eating, throwing away or giving the candy straight to my co-workers at work, I’m giving it to their kids. (Drawing above, it’s old company letterhead.) Turns out my co-works and their kids got rained out while trick or treating. “How was it, kids have an awesome time?” “No. They’re pretty upset. The rain soaked through their costumes and we had to take them home so they didn’t get a lot of candy.” So I’m gifting mine to them.

The rest are ideas and recipes. Instructions you can bookmark and come back to again and again, for any occasion, year after year.



Other ideas

What to do with Left Over Halloween Candy www.mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/what-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy

” Donate it: There are lots of charities that will take your extra Halloween candy whether you’d rather give it to a soldier or children or the hungry. We’ve got an entire post dedicated to ways to donate your candy.

Reuse it: I love this idea of repurposing Halloween candy to make your holiday gingerbread house from ParentHacks.

Get Crafty With It: If you want to take the repurposing a step further Alphamom has some beautiful ideas for making things like an advent calendar, a harvest tree or a turkey pinata with leftover Halloween candy. ”

Halloween Candy Buyback: “The Halloween Candy Buy Back (HCBB) program was started with the goal of getting some of the candy “off the streets.” In 2005, I held my first HCBB. The next year, I went to my colleagues and asked if they’d be interested in supporting this endeavor by simply paying $1 for every pound of candy a child brought into their respective offices followed by sending the goodies to the troops overseas. The local responses were fabulous and in the following years – the national response overwhelmed me as well!  Hundreds of local news stories led to the event getting featured by Diane Sawyer on ABC News. and most recently on CNN ” www.halloweencandybuyback.com

Recycle It: Cook Up A Sweet Treat

“A bulging sack of Halloween candy sees new life recycled into holiday-season cooking! Incorporating the Trick-or-Treat goodies into seasonal treats and holiday gifts not only spares tooth enamel, but saves money in the kitchen.

Crumbled Butterfinger-brand candy bars can be sprinkled over ice cream for an easy week-night dessert.

Plain chocolate bars, coarsely chopped, replace chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies, while M&Ms-brand candies are easy to recycle into M&M Cookies In A Jar gifts.” http://christmas.organizedhome.com/get-cooking/candy-reduce-reuse-recycle-trick-treat

  • Monster Cookies and Candy Bar Brownies
  • Candy Bar Poster (for loved ones, birthdays or holidays)
  • Candy Pinatas
  • Candy Wishing Tree (essentially a candy harvest tree, but to receive a gift or baggie of candy you have to leave a wish, like this tree)


I think it would be pretty neat for a big company like Amazon to do this in Seattle for their coworkers, even without the candy.

  • Edible Candy Wreathes (to gift & eat)
  • Teacher, Non-For-Profits, Teen advocacy, Farmers (local or at your local farmers market), neighbors and people-who-make-your coffee daily appreciation candy grams or poster (because you really don’t need a reason to reach out and say thank you to someone other than taking a few minutes to be grateful yourself)

I was volunteering at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala in 2012 when I saw this video and I’ll never forget it.


Change the word love in the first poster above, into appreciate and you could give it to anyone.

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