How Will You Get Rid Of Leftover Halloween Candy?

If you faced a shortage of trick-or-treaters Saturday night, or are overwhelmed by the stash your own offspring brought home, you may be asking yourself, what the heck am I going to do with all this crap? You could always teach the kids a valuable life lesson by letting them chow down on candy until they get sick, but there are some better — and easier to clean up — solutions.

Among the many ideas offered by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services in an annual guide to ditching the candy without tossing your cookies, are a few we think are pretty good:

1. Send it to Halloween Candy Buy Back, a group run by dentists. They’ll pay you a buck a pound, and ship the sweet stuff to troops overseas, who will gladly dump their MREs if they can have your Reese’s instead.

2. Repurpose it for other holidays.
Seriously, do you really have to pay extra for green-and-red wrapped miniatures, when you’ve got 10 pounds of orange-wrapped ones?

3. Freeze it.
Frozen Reese’s and Snickers rock. And if you break a tooth, see tip #1 for some help.

How are you dealing with your HFCS overload? Post your tips in the comments. And don’t forget to floss.

What do you do with all that leftover Halloween candy? [MCT News]

(Photo: Morton Fox)

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  1. Dafrety says:

    OM NOM NOM NOM.

  2. temporaryscars says:

    Bring it to work and watch it vaporize before your very eyes.

  3. evilrobot says:

    it’s going directly to the table in the coffee area. i don’t believe my co-workers eat outside of the office as they are obviously indiscriminately ravenous when they are here.

    other peoples food haz flavor.

  4. diasdiem says:

    Candy, nothing! What am I going to do with all these leftover razor blades and hypodermic needles?

  5. shepd says:

    Just eat it and brush your teeth right away once you’re done. There’s nothing inherently dangerous about sugar unless you’re diabetic or you eat an excessive amount (you’ll puke first, most likely) and it won’t rot your teeth unless you let it sit on them.

    • ConsumerPop says:

      @shepd:
      *more worried about calories and fat than cavities*

    • Phil Keeps It Real [Consumerist] says:

      @shepd: sh@shepd:

      A bit off topic, but something about people who brush their teeth at work, creeps me the funk out. It’s like your a bit too compulsive about how clean your mouth is. Maybe these people will be reborn as dogs(dawgs) in the next life so they can rest assure all is well with this particular orifice. My 2 cents..sorry to ramble.

  6. remington870_20ga says:

    Wow. What a great program.

  7. chrialg6 is a happy effing cupcake says:

    Umm Halloween was 2 days ago. What do you mean DO with it? it’s already done been DID.

    :o)

  8. Michael Belisle says:

    Wait, people buy Halloween Candy for trick-or-treaters? I thought it was pretty standard to buy candy you like, so that you can eat all the leftovers.

  9. Dyscord says:

    Or you could eat it. Depending on how much you have and your snacking habits, they can last for a while.

  10. rpm773 says:

    You use it as you would any other leftover: omelet or fried rice.

  11. Xeos says:

    Wow talk about bah-humbug! We were allowed to keep the candy we worked hard trick-or-treating for when I was a kid!

  12. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Nothing beats filling a paper bag with it and cruising the neighborhood in a van offering it to children.

    Nothing beat that, except for, you know, not being on the sex offender registry list.

  13. pollyannacowgirl says:

    I’m gonna make and stuff pinatas for my kids’ birthdays (December and February) and let it become the other moms’ problems.

  14. aka_mich says:

    I have a better idea, send it to me. I’ll repurpose it as my dinner for the next month.

  15. jbrecken says:

    Freeze your candy bars, shatter them, and then bake them into cookies.

    • starcrossedlady says:

      @jbrecken: That’s why we grabbed a few bags of Heath bars when they went on sale– very good as a topping on brownies :)

      The mini-reeses peanut butter cup works wonderful as a substitute for brown-eyed susans.

  16. exconsumer9 says:

    First of all, not letting your kids keep all their hard earned candy is unforgivable. I shudder at the thought.

    And second, where’s choice #4? You know. . .

    4. Shove candy by the handful into your eager, salivating maw.

  17. widmer says:

    What leftovers? About 75 little (and some not so little) moochers took all of my 10 bags that I bought. I was planning on having a couple bags left for myself (wife and kid too…of course).

  18. Shaftoe says:

    We just take it into the office and my coworkers descend upon the bowel locusts

    • starrion says:

      @Shaftoe:

      That sounds like one of those foreign bugs people are always scaring you with. “I went to Africa on safari and came home with bowel locusts.”

  19. JulesNoctambule says:

    Eating the Reese’s dark chocolate mini-cups right now.

  20. Schildkrote says:

    I took the “bring your candy to the workplace” suggestion and brought my extra goodies to the newsroom. Boom, gone within a couple hours. Journalists are hungry people.

  21. Jerry Vandesic says:

    Save it until next year and then hand it out! (At least that’s what one of my brothers does.)

  22. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    I’m going to put razor blades in it and give it out for Easter.
    NOBODY suspects Easter canday. Bwah-hahahahahaha!!!!!

  23. Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

    Christmas baking!

  24. juniper says:

    Bake minis into the middles of cookies, cupcakes, etc. Enjoy the look of “I am having a foodgasm right now” from loved ones when they discover a 3 Musketeers baked into the center of a yellow cupcake.

  25. riverstyxxx says:

    I only had one trick or treater that night, and I live in the middle of everything, two miles from Disneyland.

    The buyback program looks like a fail. I live in the city and found zero search results within 5 miles. The stuff sells for a buck a pound at the dollar stores, and why make kids give up their nights work?

  26. Etoiles says:

    The *point* of having leftover candy is to have an excuse to EAT CANDY.

  27. Starfury says:

    We gave out candy and have about 1/3 of it left. My son decided to stay home but my daughter went out. She brought about ten pounds of candy home. She sorted/inventoried the pile and put it back into her sack.

    It will be re-sorted with the candy from China tossed out and the rest taken to work for the vultures to eat.

  28. redqueenmeg says:

    Leftovers what? Four double-size bags of candy were gone at our house in less than two hours. We were out before 8 PM.

  29. StuckinLansing says:

    In the Lansing Michigan area they are collecting Halloween candy and shipping it to soldiers.

  30. TheOrtega says:

    We had trick or treat from 1-4pm, it was cold and windy and I still ran out, luckily I saved all the mcdonalds toys I get from buying happy meals and gave those out which was great because I didn’t want to toss them in the garbage.

  31. Digitizer says:

    Shoot video of myself eating it all in one sitting and getting sick, post in on YouTube; voila, instant celebrity. Enjoy my 10 minutes. For a bonus, I could write a book or documentary in the vein of Supersize Me. Something like “The Halloween Diet”, something real catchy and sellable. Then spam Harpo Studios’ inbox with an autobio and try to get recognition for being foolish.

  32. pot_roast says:

    The extra candy gets brought to work. It makes the co-workers think that I like them. :)

  33. Smashville says:

    Use it to lure children into my van.

    What? How else are they going to see the new bike?

  34. ecvogel says:

    Donate it to a local non-profit. I came across alot of Halloween goodies and took it to a non-profit. They were soo greatful.

  35. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Leftovers?

    What are these “leftovers” that you speak of?

  36. starcrossedlady says:

    I use it to bribe my teenagers to get their chores done quickly. It’s amazing how a tiny little crunch bar can get motivation up!

  37. Darkneuro says:

    Leftover standard chocolate bars get repurposed into chocolate sugar-bomb cupcakes (standard choco cake mix, chop up 1 lb of the bars and mix into it, bake per package. Frost with 1 tub of choco frosting mixed together with another lb of the bars. Sweet enough to make your teeth hurt and excellent for bake sales and school treat days).
    There are no leftover peanut butter cups.
    There are no leftover caramels.
    Everything else gets tossed into a bucket on the table for everyone to have and I’ll throw out leftovers (weird flavor stuff, usually) around Valentine’s.

  38. jayphat says:

    How will I get rid of mine? 50 % off this week, 75% off next week, then whatevers left, IN THE TRASH!

  39. SGAC says:

    I recently heard on the radio a “Green Halloween” alternative in which they actually TRASH the leftover candy into the mulching bin and then recycle the wrappers for crafting. Although the idea of candy not being consumed has left me a bit aghast, it is an alternative for the diabetic. Yet whether we eat the candy or not, those wrappers are prime crafting fodder for projects, like scrapbooking and jewelry. Gum wrapper bracelet anyone?

  40. RookOmega says:

    Get rid of it?

    Last two kid’s walking up the driveway (close to closing time) received 2 pounds of treats.

    Let their parents worry about it :)

  41. idip says:

    @Naame: MMmmm

  42. pop top says:

    @Naame: Brilliant!

  43. Rain says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Buy bulk individual bags of chips from Costco or Sam’s Club and hand them out. I used to love those houses. They were on the same level as full sized chocolate bars.

  44. katsuyakaiba says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis:

    Yep! It’s not unusual to hand out small bags of potato chips. Heck, I saw a box of little bags of Doritos at Wal-Mart with the bags dressed up for Halloween. According to this one article I read in the paper, the crap kids can’t stand are apples, pennies, toothpaste, and pencils.

  45. starrion says:

    @Skankingmike:

    No better way to get rid of surplus food than to throw it to the cow-orkers.

  46. thesadtomato says:

    @Skankingmike: @pecan 3.14159265: The hordes hoard food.

  47. FigNinja says:

    @Skankingmike: I’ve had a few coworkers like that. They won’t take the whole thing but they’ll take 5 cookies or a quarter of a pie. Obviously more than they’re going to eat. They’re probably taking it home for their kids but when I make something to share with my coworkers, it’s for the folks here. It’s not like I’d mind giving their kids a cookie but wait for everybody else here at the office to have a chance. I’ve never been bold enough to call someone on it, though.

  48. widmer says:

    @h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes:

    Two per kid. They’re just the “fun size”. 1 candy just seems cheap to me. But what do I know?

  49. Etoiles says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: I used to hoard free work food when I was working for a non-profit in NYC and so broke I couldn’t make my student loan payments. Jackpot at work meant I didn’t have to spend $20 I didn’t have on groceries…

    (On the other hand, EVERYONE at that job could bake, and I mean EVERYONE. I brought ginger-molasses cookies and my peppermint brownie bites a few times, other folks brought cakes and cookies and we had a December bake-off… plus, it was a global organization so there were treats from all cultures. Caribbean rum dessert + Russian vodka dessert = happy office.)

  50. magic8ball says:

    @KristinaBeana: Ditto the grad students at my university.

  51. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @widmer: Maybe I’m just thinking of bigger bags of candy. 10 x the usual supersized Halloween bags = a TON of sugar. The fun-size bags usually have around 20 pieces in my experience so I guess I could see that.
    I agree on 1 being kind of cheap though. I work a side gig in the mall and ran our store’s Trick or Treat station. We only had enough candy for 2,000 kids (they told us the day of that they expected 5,000) so I was only allowed to give out one per kid. I totally slipped the cute/creative kids extra Tootsie Rolls though.

  52. Kuchen says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: We used to have a neighbor that gave out cans of soda. (I think he worked for Pepsi.) Those crushed everything.

  53. calquist says:

    @Kuchen: Ugh, they would crush my precious Reeses cups and weigh down the bag, so I would have to go home more frequently to unload. Plus Mom is willing to buy soda! Halloween was my time to stock up on candy for the year!

  54. sn1per says:

    @GitEmSteveDave_ H1N1 Symptoms List:

    the Consumerist T-shirt I washed this weekend on Wednesday.

    uh, what? Wednesday isn’t a weekend…

  55. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @sn1per: He’s going to try and fit into it on Wednesday. For the meet-up.

  56. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @FigNinja: wow! a quarter of a pie?
    we keep ziplocs and saran wrap in the breakroom here for people to take home the leftovers from company lunches and the various holiday potlucks we do, but people at least have the common sense to wait until everyone else has had a chance or two at it before packing up the leftovers.

  57. FigNinja says:

    @catastrophegirl: Yep. I actually saw someone take a quarter of a pie once right when I’d put them down in the break room. No one else had even had a crack at them. She must’ve thought it was a normal thing to do because I was standing right there and she didn’t seem at all embarrassed. Plus there were only two pies so it’s not like there was going to be enough for all 50 or so people in the office to have a slice even if she hadn’t been that selfish.

  58. Con Seannery says:

    @thesadtomato: FOR THE HORDE!

  59. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @the_deliverator: This is neat! Maybe we’ll pass out experiment cards along with candy next Halloween.