OK, it’s the day after, the day after Halloween and I have GOT to figure out how to get rid of this candy that I keep mindlessly eating! Thankfully Kaitlyn is in the same boat and has a whole bunch of ideas for us! Yay!
Kaitlyn writes………. Even though my husband and I are a tad too old to go trick-or-treating, it has not prevented us from somehow being up to our eyeballs in fun-size candy bars! Normally these would reside in a bowl on my counter as we gradually consume the entire bowl full. But I recently discovered lots OTHER ways to use these sinful little morsels that don’t affect my waistline (well, at least not all at once!) Check out these great Recipes, Activities, and Donation ideas! ;-)
Here are 17 recipes that transform leftover candy into a delicious dessert! You could also store leftover candy in the freezer and save these recipes for a few weeks or months down the road!
Kit-Kat S’mores Bars from Very Culinary
I love s’mores but I hate how messy they are! These bars look delicious and with a lot less mess.
As if caramel dip isn’t yummy enough! Chopped up Milky Way candy bars take it to the next level.
This popcorn looks like the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
I’ve seen versions of this cake that used crushed Heath Bars on top, but I’m dying to try this one with Butterfingers!
The perfect way to trick your kids into eating fruit ;-)
I’m not even a milkshake fan and I’m thinking about making these. Sounds like a heavenly combination of chocolate and caramel!
I’ve had these a few times before and they are absolutely delectable. They’re especially good right out of the oven when the caramel is still gooey!
These edible bowls would be a definite crowd pleaser at any dinner party! Beautiful and tasty too!
This cake is similar to the Butterfinger one I linked to above. I can’t decide which combination sounds better!
When I was a kid the 3 Musketeers were always the last candy bar left in my Halloween stash . They’re just not my favorite. But the light and fluffy center of a 3 Musketeers seems like the perfect thing to mix into a cupcake and icing!
When I was in 5th grade I ran for student council and my slogan was “You won’t get a nut in this Joy” because my middle name is Joy! All of my posters had Almond Joy bars on them. My mom even made me a visor to wear around during the campaign that had an Almond Joy bar attached to it! That story really has nothing to do with this recipe…..but these Almond Joy crescent rolls sure look delicious! :-)
I am a complete sucker for Magic Bars of any kind. These ones look so fun with the addition of candy corn!
These doughnuts are baked so that’s mean they’re super healthy right? ;-)
When in doubt just crush up all the leftover candy bars and throw them in a cookie! Yum!
…or throw them in a hand pie!
Or how about just melting them into hot chocolate? I think this one will become my go-to post Halloween recipe!
Who knew mini candy bars and marshmallows could look so sophisticated?
How about combating the Halloween sugar coma with some fun learning experiences and activities? Here are 19 creative ideas for getting rid of all the candy.
Who hasn’t wondered just how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
This fun experiment teaches kids why pop rocks behave the way they do when you put them in your mouth!
I love this idea of creating potions with candy. What a fun way to spark creativity in kids!
I bet kids would love to try this project with lots of different types of candy! For example they could figure out how many sweet tarts it takes to balance out a certain number of M&M’s.
This experiment involves dissolving candy pumpkins in different kinds of liquid and having kids record predictions observations. What a fun way to teach kids about how to conduct an experiment!
Another fun candy science experiment!
A few more fun ideas for candy science experiments.
Candy Experiments from Teach Mama
Vibrant paint colors made with some Skittles and corn starch!
Another great candy painting project – this time with Nerds and coffee filters.
If you have a train set this is a darling idea for turning candy into a game!
I think this game would be fun for adults and kids!
This is a perfect activity for little ones just learning their letters.
Click on the link above to get some fantastic free Halloween candy math printables!
This is a great way to ensure that all the candy isn’t eaten in one day!
If you can manage to save Halloween candy until Thanksgiving make these cute treat cups to decorate the table and serve as a pre-dinner snack.
Or how about using candy for Thanksgiving place cards?
This is a darling idea for a candy scavenger hunt for your sweetie!
Or how about writing a message for your loved one in candy?
I love the idea of using Halloween as an opportunity to teach kids about giving! Here are a few options for donating Halloween candy.
Operation Gratitude sends care packages to the troops all year long but they collect Halloween candy in November. Click here for shipping instructions.
This is another way to give back to the troops! Kids can trade their candy for prizes at local dentist offices. Dentists then send the candy to the troops. Click here to find a participating dentist office near you.
Ronald McDonald House provides an amazing service for sick kids and their families all over the world. Click here to find the a chapter close to you where you can take leftover candy.
And finally, if you want to get the candy out of the house as soon as possible invite the Switch Witch over! There is a book and a darling Switch Witch doll to go along with this tradition. Click here to read about the legend of the Switch Witch. The basic idea is that the Switch Witch (Mom and Dad) switches out kids’ candy for a little present. Then parents can donate the candy to one of the great organizations I listed above.
How do YOU get rid of all that Halloween candy?! :-)