I know, I know, such a great problem to have, am I right?! This problem usually starts by buying too much candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween (Rule of thumb, buy candy that you’ll enjoy. Just in case no one shows up.) or your children have hit the jackpot trick-or-treating from neighbors, school parties, and/or churches. By now, you probably have already picked out your personal selections, and have candy leftover that you or the kids are just letting sit in the candy dish. Depending on the candy type and proper storage, most candy can last anywhere from two months to two years (dark chocolates.)
Here are a couple of candy solutions for you. One option is to donate your leftover candy to organizations such as Soldier’s Angels: Treats for Troops Program. There are several other charities that you can also look into to donate your Halloween candy. If your school will allow candy as rewards, you can donate candy to the classroom.
The second option is to bake with the leftover candy. That’s right; the holiday season is upon us! What a better way to use up your candy reserves than to make them into a dessert and serve them to your friends, family, and co-workers! You can search for many recipes online or alter some of your favorite ones.
Cookies are the easiest recipe to alter or experiment with. I usually replace the chocolate chips with chopped up miniature candy bars in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Another experiment would be to wrap a candy piece into sugar cookie dough then bake. The candy will typically melt, making for a warm gooey center. You can be inventive and use extra candy as decorations for a cake. Sixlets can be used as lettering or as accents on a cake. Twizzlers can be used for lettering, sleds, skis, or arms and legs with marshmallow animals. You could also use the classic Twizzlers as fun straws for ice cream floats. As I’ve said there are many options out there and several recipes that go around on social media every single day involving candy based cakes, ice creams, and more. Choose something that you and others will enjoy.
You don’t have to eat all of that leftover Halloween candy! Donating or using candy in holiday baking are great ideas to not let that candy go to waste! StorPlace Self Storage of Lebanon Pike hopes you have a safe and happy holiday season!