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Do You Have Extra Halloween Candy?

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things that are scary about Halloween—especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Your children’s trick-or-treat haul and leftovers from your own handout bowl can tempt you to derail your diet for weeks after the big day—if you allow them to hang around. Make Halloween healthier for your family and yourself by finding alternative uses for the goodies they’ve collected.

 

Take it to a dentist or orthodontist. Many of them offer free candy exchanges. Depending on the program they’ve created, you may be able to sell them your candy for cash per pound or trade in those sugary treats for healthier snack options.

 

Send it to the troops. Create a care package of Halloween candy for a soldier who is far from home. Operation Gratitude is an organization that can help you get your donation to the troops. Your family can even include a letter or card with good wishes.

 

Donate it to a local organization. Contact hospitals, nursing homes, food pantries and shelters in your area and ask if they’ll accept your family’s candy donation. If you can’t find a local organization to take the treats, Ronald McDonald House Charities is another option.

 

Save the healthiest candies and toss the rest. The occasional candy indulgence is okay—even if you’re watching your weight. Just avoid treats with partially hydrogenated oils, fractionated oils or interesterified oils and high-sugar candies such as candy corn and jelly beans.

 

Buy healthier Halloween candy. Few of us have enough willpower to resist enjoying a treat or two while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Make the most of this by stocking up on the healthiest options. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are packed with protein, Snickers is relatively low in fat, and Peanut M&M’s are lower on the glycemic index.

 

Use it in a recipe. If you’re going to be baking pies, cookies and other desserts this holiday season, you may be able to use some of that extra Halloween candy in your recipes. Real Simple magazine has an online collection of ten dishes with candy as an ingredient. Decadent desserts include peppermint patty brownies, candy corn and pretzel bark, and Peanut M&M’s cookies.

 

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on what to do with all that candy you have left over from Halloween or the Fall Festival. Do you have any ideas of your own that you have used to help share the massive overload of candy that your kids accumulate during Halloween ? Please share as we are always looking for more fun and fresh ideas.

 

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