Eat: What to do with all that candy?
Ah candy. After all
the “trick-or-treats” are over, we are left to deal with the candy. Oh yes, and our deliriously happy and sugar
crazed children. So what do you do with
all that loot? How do you keep it from
rotting your children’s teeth and threatening to make your own too-tight pants
a little bit tighter? (Not that I’m speaking from experience) I’ll offer some suggestions for taming the
sugar monsters in a little while, but first let me tell you a funny story from
when I was growing up.
types of food we ate. At Halloween we
would go out trick-or-treating with friends, and then when we came home we
would dump our candy out and carefully pick out however many treats Mom said we
were allowed to keep. Then she would
take the rest of the candy and put it in the freezer (after snitching some for
herself and my dad, I imagine). The candy
would reappear during our summer vacation, particularly on long car rides. This was all good and fine, but one year my
two sisters and I presented her with a request.
We desperately wanted to keep all of our candy, just for one year. Mom agreed, with the stipulation that we could
only go to five houses to collect treats.
It was a done deal, and one that definitely ended up working out in our
favor. My sisters and I carefully compiled
a list of all the neighbors we were friends with, and then engaged in a lengthy
debate about which five neighbors were likely to give us the most candy. Armed with our list on Halloween night, we
headed out to collect our goodies. And
boy did we collect! When the three blond
Kageler girls arrived at their doors, the neighbors handed out handfuls of
candy instead of the usual one or two pieces.
This combined with parties at school and the purchase of candy by a
foreign exchange student who lived with us, meant a landside of candy. And it was all ours – “Mwahahahaha.” Mom stuck to her promise, but as you can
imagine, such a deal was never made again!
keep. Put the rest in the freezer and
have fun trying not to eat it yourself (Maybe re-read this article I wrote on self-control. I know I need to!).
candy. Have you heard of the Switch
Witch? She’s kind of like the Tooth
Fairy but she takes Halloween candy instead of teeth and leaves a toy or money
in its place.
to find a local dentist who will “buy back” your child’s candy and then send
it to our troops stationed overseas.
and Christmas? You can save your candy
to use in one of these Halloween inspired recipes. I especially like the idea of saving candy to
use for decorating a gingerbread house.
can have your child sort his/her candy and then make a bar graph of the
results. I did this with my son last
year and he had a lot of fun deciding how to sort his candy and telling Daddy
about his graph (I warned you it was a nerdy suggestion).