Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy!

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I don’t know about you but we have a TON of Halloween candy laying around. Since we don’t eat candy very often I went looking for other uses and I found the best article with ideas on how to use it!

Here’s a few ideas:

Reinvent It
Find ways to turn your Halloween candy into something new and useful:

• Use milk chocolate bars to make s’mores
• Use M & M’s in trail mix
• Grate up chocolate bars, and use the shavings to top off steamy cups of hot chocolate or coffee
• Use crumbled candy bar pieces and M & M’s as ice cream toppings

Save It
Candy has a long shelf life, so don’t feel like you have to eat all that Halloween candy now. Here are some use-it-later ideas to consider:

• Stash a bag of your family’s favorites to use as stocking stuffers and snacks throughout the year
• Bag up all the cast offs, and use them as party favors at your child’s next birthday party
• Save Skittles, Sweet Tarts, gummies and hard candies to use when decorating gingerbread houses

Trade It
Did you know that you can trade in unwanted Halloween candy for gift cards? It’s true! Check it out:

Some dental offices and other businesses hold Halloween candy buybacks, in which they trade toothbrushes, floss or other items for candy that they then donate to troops.

Donate It

Do you just want the temptation out of your house? Consider donating your extra Halloween candy to a cause that will use it to brighten someone’s day.

Operation Gratitude sends sweets to deployed troops and first responders.

Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops ships donates candy to veterans and deployed service members.

There are many charities that are willing to accept candy donations:

  • Food pantries
  • Homeless shelters

Contact nearby nursing homes and homeless shelters to see if they’ll accept such donations. You can also try programs like Big Brother Big Sister and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, too.


  1. Colleen on November 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Leftover . . . ? Not on my watch.


  2. Rae on November 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What I did this year so that we wouldn’t have a ton (so that *I* don’t act like a pig and over do it) was taking all the candy we got before Sunday (from downtown trick or treating and any other events we went to) and let my kids choose 15 pieces each out of it. Then all the rest when into the big bowl to pass out for trick or treaters. Then on Halloween we did a bit of trick or treating (around a block) and they were allowed to keep whatever we got (which was actually more than I thought it would be). It’s more than enough for us AND I didn’t have to buy candy for the trick or treaters. My boys were perfectly fine with it too as they got to choose their favorites 🙂

  3. julie on November 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Or you can mail it to Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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