We originally published these ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween Candy in 2012.
With Halloween being on Tuesday some of us got an early start on Trick or Treating last weekend.
Do you have a plan for what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy?
Sure you’ll treat yourself to a few pieces. Maybe you’ll let the kids eat a bunch that night. But then what will you do with your Halloween candy? Will leftover Halloween candy sit in the candy jar torturing you until Thanksgiving? Will it last that long? We have some ideas for ways to use leftover Halloween candy, some from a previous year’s (My Love Hate Relationship with Candy) and some new ideas for using Halloween candy. Check them out below.
Over 30 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy in the kitchen
- Baking – Check out our Halloween Candy Recipes. Even if you don’t keep the baked goods for yourself consider donating them to the next school or church bake sale.
- Decorating your baked goods – M&Ms, Skittles, and other colorful bite-sized candies make great decorations for cupcakes and cakes. Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, and other taffy-like candy can be molded into the shape of anything with the help of a microwave. Fruit Roll ups can be rolled out and cut into shapes or squished into shapes as well.
- Stained-glass cookies – When you create your favorite sugar cookies this holiday season, cut out a small section in the middle. Fill in with crushed hard candy and give your cookies a stained-glass effect.
- Candypops – Take those Three Musketeers, Snickers, and other nuggetty-candies, pop a popsicle stick into them and place in the freezer. When you need a chocolatey fix, they’ll be there.
- Candy apples – Melt down caramel. Cover apples with bite-sized candies or crushed candies.
- Chocolate Fondue – Just melt down those Hershey’s and start dipping those marshmallows, strawberries, etc.
- Chocolate-covered Banana Pops – A combination of some of the ideas above. Stick a stick in a banana. Dip it in melted chocolate. Freeze.
- Snacks for lunchboxes, afterschool, and road trips. I love when my boys come home with snack-size packages of pretzels, fruit chews, teddy grahams. They make the perfect grab and go snack. So the Switch Witch doesn’t get dibs on these. Instead we toss them into our snack basket. It’s an easy grab to toss into the lunch box or diaper bag as we are heading out the door.
- Ice Cream Topping
- Gingerbread House Decorations
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy with your kids for family fun and learning
- Participate in a Halloween Candy Buy Back program. – Find one in your area by clicking here.
- Edible Game Pieces – Who needs to be the dog in Monopoly? Pick your favorite candy and move that across the board. Have a little fun, the winner gets to eat the loser’s pieces. Use the same idea for playing Bingo. You’ll just probably have to restock the players between rounds. ;) Or use the candy stash as the bank. How many Hershey Kisses do you get when you pass Go?
- Candy Math – Use pieces of candy to help your kids learn how to count by ones, twos, fives, and tens. Use it to learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
- Candy Experiments – Here’s a fun twist. Stop on over to Candy Experiments and find fun experiments you can do with your kids and their candy.
- Potty Train/Good Behavior Incentive/Reward
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy for Thanksgiving and special meals
- Place cards Idea 1 – Melt down hard candies or lollipops inside turkey-shaped or pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters. Once cooled create a hole for a ribbon. On the ribbon attach a guest’s name. At your holiday meals, place one out so each guest knows where to sit.
- Place cards Idea 2 – Create name cards on nicer paper. At each seating, chose a nugget type candy and slide in the appropriate name card. Guests can eat their name card holder after dinner.
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy for birthday parties
- Regift in take-home party bags.
- Use it to fill the pinata.
- Candy Bar Buffet – A big hit with teenagers and tweens, fill jars of varying sizes with your candy stash sorted by colors or candy type.
- Name that candy bar – Blindfold guests and have them guess the candy bar by taste.
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy to make holiday gifts and birthday presents
- Holiday Ornaments Idea 1 – Meltdown hard candy into beautiful stained-glass ornaments.
- Holiday Ornament Idea 2 – Purchase empty plastic or glass holiday ornaments. Fill with candies. M&Ms or skittles will work great. Decorate the outside for an added touch.
- Treat Wreath – Create a wreath decorated with snack-size candies all in their original wrappers.
- Chocolate-Covered Spoons or Pretzels – Melt down that chocolate and dip stirring spoons or pretzels in it to make a special delicious gift. Dip the spoon or pretzels in crushed candy for an added touch.
- Pack a care package for your favorite college student or young adult living away from home.
- Gift Tags – Attach to your ribbons when you wrap gifts this year.
- Baked Treats – Again, several of the Halloween Candy Recipes we shared can be baked up and packaged nicely as a gift.
- Create a craft you can give. Look for some ideas in the coming weeks.
Ways to use leftover Halloween candy to make a difference
- Donate the candy to a local food bank or charity.
- Get baking and donate the dessert to a charity’s bake sale.
- Pack & Ship to our troops as part of Operation Gratitude.
How are you going to use your leftover Halloween Candy?