About now, your home is probably invaded by that most insidious of objects: Halloween candy! Your counters are overflowing with tiny, tasty chocolate candy. Sugary, gummy treats will tempt you with their deliciousness.
And to make matters worse, your children are begging you during all waking hours for another piece. Another piece. ANOTHER PIECE!
The question is: What do you do with all that candy? You don’t want to eat it. You don’t want your kids to eat it. But it has to go somewhere. That’s not even counting the candy that you bought for the holiday that’s still sitting in the plastic Jack-o-Lantern bowl by the front door.
Here are some tips on what to do with all those leftover treats:
1. Divvy it Up
The first thing to do after Halloween is inspect the candy, of course. You need to make sure that it’s safe and edible. Otherwise, it goes in the garbage. The second thing you need to do is divide it up. How much candy do your kids really need? Give them a substantial amount, or else you’ll have a sugar-induced riot on your hands. Take the rest and put it aside.
2. Take it to Work
With all that leftover candy in the house, you know that you’ll be tempted to eat it yourself. It’s hard not to. The best thing that you can do is take the leftover candy and bring it to work or give it away. If you get it out of the house, you’ll be less likely to consume it.
3. Find a Dentist Office
In our city – and I’m sure there are some in your city, too – there are a few dentists who will take all that candy off your hands and give your kids cash in return. It isn’t much money, but it’s money, nonetheless. And the best part is all that candy belongs to someone else.
4. Dole it Out Slowly
Your kids need to know that they cannot have free and unfettered access to all that candy. You’ll want to set clear guidelines about how much candy they can eat and when. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your kids are asking you before they go and grab a few fistfuls.
5. Make School Lunches Great Again
It might be nice if you include a small piece of candy in their school lunchbox each day. A small treat will give them something to look forward to and, hopefully, it won’t ruin their appetite. Try to impress upon them that they should eat the rest of their lunch first and then eat the candy.
6. Save it for Family Functions
You’re bound to have a bunch of family and friends over during the holiday season. Save a little of that candy to put out when company arrives and let everyone enjoy it. It’ll be one less thing for you to worry about.