Now, What Do We Do With That Leftover Halloween Candy?

We made it.

Halloween is over, the kids came out in full force (almost) on a school night, and you are thankful that you made that last minute trip to the Dollar Tree before you went home.

But now….

There’s this HUGE pile of candy that you did not give out.

Plus the HUGE pile that your kids brought home.

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There is NO WAY that you are going to “take care of the rest yourself”. That is WAY too much candy for you to take on by yourself (or even with your family).


No worries, though. Grab a grocery sack, scoop the Halloween pile in, and carry it to one of these two places:

  • Dental take back. If you didn’t know, the first couple of weeks in November are prime times for dentists in your local area to take in the Halloween goodies. In return for your time bringing them in, dentists will usually provide an incentive. It could be that the whole family gets a dental pack, which is great because quality toothbrushes and mouthwash at the grocery store can get expensive. The dentist may offer a discount on services he performs that aren’t covered by insurance. Or he might offer a coupon for a free appetizer from the restaurant down the street or gift cards to a business they have partnered with.
  • Soldier’s Angels. When I first moved back home from Texas, there were organizations across the country gathering leftover Halloween candy for the troops stationed overseas. As the troops started being brought home, many of these organizations stopped taking candy. However, Soldier’s Angels help to brighten the day of our troops overseas and our forgotten veterans. Click Here and learn how you can ship leftover candy to them. What a cool way to say “Thanks!” to our heroes at home and abroad!
  • If all else fails…toss them in a recipe and bless someone (or freeze it up for holiday giving). Check out this article from Delish. With yummy ways to use up the Snickers bars, M&Ms, Butterfingers, Kit Kat, and candy corn, you are bound to find something you love. You’re welcome. (And yes, I still am an amazing nutrition coach…. ?)

I’m off to the post office to mail off my leftover candy to Soldier’s Angels.

If you know of other places to donate leftover Halloween candy, share them in the comments below. I would love to hear them.

Oh, and don’t forget – to overcome that SUGAR COMA that all of the Halloween candy will put you in, hop into my upcoming 5 Day Sugar Detox Challenge. Details are here.

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