5 great ideas for leftover Halloween candy
Need some crafty tricks for all those treats?
If your family’s Halloween haul is massive (and we’re betting a 100 Grand candy bar that it will be!), we’ve got some ways to turn your candy into baked treats, wrappers into crafts, or even do good for charity with your goodies.
After you empty out the trick-or-treat buckets, and assess the candy collection — here’s a few extra ways to enjoy it.
1. Freeze it:
If you ration your kid’s candy consumption and are realizing there’s enough candy to keep them sugar buzzed for an entire year, sort out the chocolates and place them in some freezable bags. Come the holiday season, use the chocolate for baking purposes, whether you’re breaking up a Hershey’s bar for some cookies or melting chocolate to drizzle on a dessert.
2. Become a mad scientist:
Turning your kid’s candy haul into a fun science experiment? That’s an expert-level parenting trick. Did you know the gelatin in gummy worms is a tangle of protein molecules and you can place them in water and watch them grow? You can also run color separation tests with dyed candies like M&M’s, Skittles or Reese’s Pieces. The Candy Experiments book is full of 70 experiments. One of our faves? Letting Pixie Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction. Candy Experiments, $9.15 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
3. Donate it!
4. Get crafty
Candy wrappers can be reincarnated into cute crafts! We especially love this tutorial on how to make candy wrapper button earrings with the leftover wrappers from lollipops. (Hey, Christmas is right around the corner and these could make for some sweet — pun intended — gifts!)
New to jewelry making? Get started with a jewelry tool set that includes various pliers, a side cutter and micrometer. Bead Landing Jewelry Tool Set, $11.49, Michaels.com
5. Bake a treat:
Make the candy disappear fast with a delicious recipe. We love how easy “candy bark” is. Just chop up or crush your fave chocolate candies — M&M’s, Reeses Pieces, Butterfingers, Kit Kats, you name it and add them to melted milk chocolate to create a candy bark. Find the full recipe here. For melting chocolate with ease, we love this Wilton Chocolate Pro Melting Pot — which is perfect for making fondue desserts, too! Wilton Chocolate Pro Melting Pot, $34.99, Michaels.com