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Great Ideas For All That Leftover Halloween Candy

What can you do with all that Halloween candy? That is a question most parents ask when the trick or treating is done and there is a ton of candy dumped out on the kitchen table. Have no fear because I have the answers for you!


Freeze that extra candy and add it to plain cookie dough, ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes. You can make a delicious milkshake by adding a Milky Way, Snickers, Butterfingers or other candy bar to ice cream and milk and blending it up. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. To make it really special, serve in traditional soda fountain glasses like these from Circleware available on


Bake it into some delicious brownies. Just cut candy into pieces and add to the batter. This is super simple because you can use a boxed brownie mix and still have a specialty brownie. You can also add cut up candy bars in place of chocolate chips in cookie recipes.


Donate it, Operation Shoebox will gladly accept your extra Halloween candy and they will put it into boxes being sent to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. This is a great way to teach your children the importance of giving back and bringing joy to others.


You can bring it to work, put in on your desk or in a common area for all to enjoy. You can also make up little treat bags to leave on everyone’s desk as a nice surprise.


You can add it to homemade fudge. Caramels, candy corn and other candy makes great mix-ins for fudge. Make up a big batch and then pick up some Snowflake Cookie Boxes at The Container Store. Now you have some delicious gifts for your neighbors, UPS driver, child’s teacher, grandparents, friends and more!


Donate it to Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you have a Ronald McDonald House near you, call them up and see if they are accepting wrapped Halloween candy. Most accept it and make it available to the families that are staying there.


Save some for decorating gingerbread houses for Christmas. Skittles, M&M’s, Lifesavers, Jawbreakers, Nerds and other candies are perfect to decorate all your gingerbread creations with.


I hope those ideas were helpful. Remember, it is okay to eat some, after all, we can all use a little chocolate sometimes!