Halloween will soon be here and for many of us, that means CANDY, CANDY, CANDY! Once all the little pumpkins and scary ghosts have stopped knocking on your door or come home from trick-or-treating, what should you do with all that leftover Halloween candy?? Of course, other than eat it all…here are a few ideas that we loved:
Make your own homemade trail mix: use small bags of Reese’s Pieces or M&M’s along with unsalted nuts, dried fruit, and whole-grain cereal.
Save for Christmas gingerbread houses
Keep the leftover Halloween candy to decorate your gingerbread house for Christmas. Great day after Thanksgiving project with the kiddos!
Save for a piñata
Have a birthday coming up? Save the leftover Halloween candy to stuff a piñata or put a couple of pieces in each gift bag that you hand out.
Use on top of cookies & cupcakes
Attending a cookie exchange? Look for recipes that will include candy or crumble candy (Butterfinger) and sprinkle into frosting on top of cupcakes.
Make care packages
Make a small care package to bring to your child’s teachers, daycare provider, grandparents, or a small gift to give your cashier and bagger. Great way to teach your kids to give!
Check for candy exchanges
Check with your dentist or orthodontist to see if they offer candy exchanges. You turn in some candy and get healthy treats, services, or even money in exchange.
Give it away!
Give it away…bring it to the office where it is sure to disappear quickly!
Keep in mind…
A few pieces of candy will not make or break your health goals…but a lot will!
Have a Happy Halloween from all of us here at Main Line Nutrition!