Recycling Halloween Candy

Dentists and fitness centers must have invented Halloween, because with all of that candy lying around the house, bad things are just waiting to happen.

Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but eating a lot of candy is obviously not great for your kids’ health (not to mention the parents who sneakily eat it). There’s nothing wrong with keeping a stash of Halloween loot, but here are some creative ways to use leftover candy that don’t involve cavities or workout clothes:

Sweets to science: What makes Pop Rocks pop, or why do some candy bars float and other sink? Click here for some fun science experiments you and your kids can perform using leftover candy.

Bake a cake: Butterfinger brownies, candy bar cookies, Snickers pie--are you drooling yet? Click here for hundreds of recipes that use candy as main ingredients. You can even use a few pieces to decorate your culinary masterpiece. The hardest part will be giving these away to friends, sick neighbors, and the ladies you visit teach.

Candy exchange: Some dentists and orthodontists offer money or prizes in exchange for kids’ Halloween candy. Contact yours to see if they participate in a candy exchange.

Support the troops and missionaries: What a happy surprise it would be to some soldier or missionary to receive a package full of delicious candy. Chocolate doesn’t ship well, but other candies would be perfect for care packages. If you don’t know any servicemen or missionaries, ask around your ward or call your local recruiter’s office.

Donate it: Homeless shelters and food banks would happily accept a bag full of candy, and you and your kids can enjoy the warm fuzzies that come from serving.

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