Let me guess, you bought a lot of Halloween candy. After all, tis the season for buying candy in bulk and not feeling guilty about it. It’s for the kids, right?
Yet whether you come home with a very proud “Trick-or-Treater” holding his or her plastic pumpkin filled to the brim with treats or simply bought more candy bags than the total number of neighborhood kids, come Saturday morning, you are going to have a ton of leftover candy on your hands. Let me help you out with some of those leftovers….
#1. Donate: Support Our Troops
In my opinion, the best way to use leftover Halloween candy is by sending it to Operation Shoebox, an organization that provides care packages to troops deployed overseas and returning home. When you send your leftover candy bags to Operation Shoebox volunteers, they will use your candy to fill special care packages given to men and women stationed across the world.
*For more information on how to donate your Halloween candy and to learn more about Operation Shoebox: click here.
#2. Decorate a Festive, Gingerbread House for the Holidays
Who doesn’t love decorating Gingerbread Houses for the holidays? And with all that leftover Halloween candy, you will have endless amounts of decorations for your Gingerbread house at your fingertips. And if you happen to have a lot of “Halloween-Themed” candy, such as those orange and black M&M’s, candy corn, those pumpkin candies, etc. use the candy to to create a fall Gingerbread House perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.
#3. Snack Attack: DIY Healthy Trail Mix
Let’s face it, endless amounts of leftover sugar hanging around the house can go very bad. In just Halloween movie marathon this weekend, you could wipe out a full bag Pay Days, Starbursts, and Reeses Pieces each. Pace your candy consumption by mixing it with healthier snacks and storing it in individual Ziploc bags.
There’s really no wrong way to make Trail Mix, but here are some mix-in options:
- 1 c. raw almonds
- 1 c. chopped candy bars (Snickers, Twix, PayDay, etc.)
- 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c. M&Ms
- 1 c. pretzels
- 1/2 c. cheerios
- 1/2 c. candy corn
#4. Get Your Buzz On: DIY Candy-Infused Vodka
Did you know that you can make your own flavors of vodka? Well you can, and it’s super easy. Here’s how:
- Fill a water bottle with 6oz of vodka and pour one flavor of leftover Halloween candy, such as pink Starbursts, into the bottle.
- Shake the water bottle vigorously and set aside for a few hours.
- Once the bottle has rested, shake it up again.
- Put four coffee filters in a funnel and place into a measuring cup.
- Strain by pouring your filtered creation over the funnel.
- If the vodka turns out a little thick, repeat step 5 again.
- Pour the infused vodka into a flask and chill until it’s ready to serve.
I hope that these 4 tips have inspired you to create a fun-filled Halloween!
And now for your dose of inspiration….
Think Outside the Box #beoriginal