My thoughts on Halloween is this: I love dressing my kids up. I even don’t mind sewing and creating costumes. I love taking Halloween photos and seeing their little happy faces. What I don’t like about Halloween? The presumption that it’s a free pass to be a total blood-thirsty weirdo and chill your neighbors to their bones with Styrofoam gravestones in the yard and creepy things that cackle when you walk by and the plethora of leftover candy–the bags and bags of candy. I kind of hate it. And hate is a strong word, but I look at it and I just sort of want to vomit. What are we supposed to do with it? It feels so wasteful to throw it away, but the option of eating it all is just preposterous. Hello, diabetes. #sarcasm
Naturally, I brainstormed. As my sweet children sorted and traded their candy, I brainstormed what on earth I could do with all of this stuff without making my kids feel like I’ve stolen from them. Here’s seven ideas I came up with….
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Seven things to do with leftover Halloween candy
1. Chop up the candy bars and use for ice cream or ice cream toppings. We love making ice cream in our ice cream maker all winter. It sort of brings out my old-fashioned flair with great modern-day appliances involved. Sift out all those great chocolate bars like Snickers, Reeses, Butterfinger, or Heath and chop them up. If you’re going to use them for ice cream, chop them a little smaller, but if you prefer them for toppings, go ahead and leave them a little chunkier. Make vanilla ice cream according to your favorite recipe. When is just about done mixing, add your candy–as much as you want. Let it freeze for a while and enjoy!
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If you’ve still got some candy left after these ideas, here’s one more:
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BONUS: 8. Use for some sweet math lessons. Fractions, sorting, skip counting, and adding can all be done with a little help from sugar. Here’s some books I found that look like great resources. (Click the cover for more info.)