Leftover Halloween Candy

November 2, 2011 by staff 

Leftover Halloween Candy, In our house Halloween candy usually lasts right through Christmas. This is because our children, who are generally very reluctant to walk, even a couple of blocks, suddenly develop skills like walking marathon on Halloween night. It’s a miracle. Encouraged by the promise that all sweets, walking for hours.

I love Halloween. It’s a night to get to know the neighbors you never knew. The children are outside for hours without a coach yelling to kick a ball or a bat. And adults are walking on a cool autumn sky as a collection of flashing colors of fairies, pirates, sprite darter, and in and out of them. If all this were not enough, there is the candy.

Ah, the sweet. Bowling and Snickers and Milky Way bars. The Butterfingers, Twix and M & Ms candy tarts, the flashes, the peanut butter cups Reese. Chocolate eyes and fangs of wax. One by one, sweet snacks were hit in the plastic pumpkins until they are so loaded with goodies that kids have to drag them home as dead weights, hitting the sidewalk. Once inside, the instinctive habit of children throughout history, which is poured all on the floor.

If your child is like our son, the candy will be precisely arranged in a bar chart where each bar represents a type of candy. (Peanut butter cups Reese always tops the list, followed closely by Snickers.) If your daughter is like our daughter, Milk Duds are poured directly on the carpet in the living room and eat in the right eager bites it. And if you happen to have a child who learned sign language baby in the nursery, which may well be walking around aimlessly, the tiger suit askew, mouth and nose smeared with melted chocolate while pressing desperately to reach the hands together in the universal sign for “more!”

“There!” I say, the signing of the words waving her hands on both sides of my head. Then I take her to bed. In the morning, we will deal with the annual Halloween dilemma: Too much sugar in our home. But this year I’m ready. Determined to rid our home of the last piece of sweet corn by the end of the week, I went and dug three great ideas for what to do with the sugar in the distance of the night:

• Bake with it. Here is a collection of ten recipes from Real Simple that I saved last year, and not save the recipes, so that’s saying a lot. Can you really go wrong with cheese Pie Twix? Mint Brownies York miniature Patty? I think not.

• Donate it. Go to one of the Magic Beans toy stores from now until Sunday and fork on that sweet things. For every pound of sugar you donate, the store will give 20 percent of the price of a toy, and send your donation to troops overseas. For links to other companies participating in Halloween Candy Buyback Program, which works with Operation Gratitude, check out this website.

• Keep out delivery. I set aside an additional plastic pumpkin candy donations of many, to be determined by our children. So far only two have come up with ideas: the needy children and their grandfather. Last time I had checked, there were only two elements of the donation of pumpkin – a small packet of Smarties and Blow Pop is not much, but the fact that he had the means to do so without harassing me, gives me hope.

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