Halloween Candy Overload…
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What do you and your kiddos do with all that Halloween candy that you collect on October 31st?! Do you have a big bowl in the kitchen where all the candy is collected and then up for grabs? Do you stash the candy in a secret place and then allow each of your kids to have one piece each day? Well, if you want to do something different with all that Halloween candy this year, consider participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Here’s how it works…
* Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
* Candy is “bought” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges
* Dentists can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc. They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
* Dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
* Operation Gratitude sends the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way
Here are some other suggestions (left by Hip2Save reader’s on a post from last year about this same topic) on ways to make use of all that Halloween candy…
* Donate candy to teachers
* My kids eat a few candies, we pick out a few more, then we put all of the rest outside of their bedroom doors when they go to bed. While they are sleeping, the Halloween Fairy takes away all of the candy (which makes its way to daddy’s office) and leaves a toy for each child.
* We keep a quart-size canning jar for each kid and that is where all their candy goes when they get it (think Easter, birthday parties, Halloween, Christmas…). If it doesn’t fit in the jar, they don’t get to keep it. The rest goes in a hidden stash that we pull from if their jars run out or if the parents need a sugar hit.
* My daughter’s birthday is in Nov, so we reuse the candy in the Pinata.
* We use all the chocolates to make some AWESOME brownies! I make the standard box brownie then cut up various chocolate, sprinkle the top and stick it back in the over to melt a bit…
* I take a majority of the candy and save it for decorating gingerbread houses at Christmas. This is an easy way to get a lot of variety.
What great ideas! Have you ever participated in a Halloween Candy Buy Back? Do you have any creative uses for Halloween candy?
(Thanks for the reminder, Alicia’s Deals in AZ!)