By Karen Hendricks
Some of your children’s fondest childhood memories were probably made during the past week, during this magical, spooky and candy-filled time of year. Trick-or-treating on Halloween night is one of the best adventures children can have! But what to do with all that sugary, chocolatey, sweet candy?
Here are a few ideas that have worked well at my house:
- If your children (or you!) can’t stop munching… freeze it. Virtually any type of chocolate candy freezes and keeps just fine. Just put the wrapped candy in a ziplock bag and hide it in the freezer, until you thaw it out at a later date. Or unwrap a few candy bars of the same type, chop them and freeze in small portions. You can easily use the chopped chocolate as a topping on dishes of ice cream or as an ingredient in milkshakes. Snickers bars and Whoppers work especially well for this!
- Make peanut butter cookies and add some of your fun-sized chocolate candies to the tops of the cookies when they come out of the oven. Hershey’s Kisses, small Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other small chocolate candies work well.
- Set some of the candy aside for decorating a gingerbread house during the upcoming holiday season.
- Make goodie-bags for your children to give to their friends, especially those who live in rural areas and might not have had the opportunity to go trick-or-treating. If your children are on sports teams, have them make and give goodie-bags to teammates during the next upcoming practice or game. Everyone is a child at heart—another option is to share goodie-bags with grandparents.
- Donate candy to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit and volunteer organization dedicated to sending care packages to military personnel. Many dentists serve as collection points; some even offer prizes to children who donate. Or you can contact Operation Gratitude directly.
- Turn mugs of hot chocolate into delicious dessert: Fill your mug about two-thirds full, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and then drizzle with your favorite crushed candy. This is exactly what my family enjoyed on Halloween night… it’s one of our favorite treats!
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