The wait is almost over with Halloween right around the corner. The kiddos are busting with joy and running around the house practicing the famous Halloween words “Trick-or-Treat”! We are still working on the costumes and have been practicing saying thank you. Soon enough there will be a load of candy on our kitchen table. After the kids get their bellies full of that mouth watering candy and mom and dad steal a few it will be time to figure out how much candy our little ones can eat and then….. what to do with the leftover Halloween candy.
Candy Bark is an easy way to use leftover Halloween candy for a new purpose. Most candy will freeze well if you bag it into ziplock bags. Place it in your freezer and save it for making Christmas gifts for friends and family. When Christmas time rolls around you will just need to pick up some chocolate or white candy bark and mix the candy in. Place it into a mason jar, add a tag and bamn you have a beautiful homemade Christmas gift.
Candy Bar Ice Cream is a fun kids activity that you can make together. All you need to do is melt 4 oz of chopped candy bars with about a half cup of sweetened condensed milk into a double boiler. Stir in 1 cup of milk (whole works best) and 1 cup of half and half. Chill in the fridge for approximately 2 hours and then process in your ice cream maker. YUMMY!
Use it on a Gingerbread House – Making a gingerbread house is a great family tradition that we enjoy every year for Christmas. It’s a great kids activity and Mom and Dad really enjoy it too. Store some of the candy in a freezer and pull it out when it comes time to decorate your gingerbread house. It will save you time and a trip to the store.
The Candy Buy Back Program is an excellent way to support our troops overseas. Some dentists will buy your candy back for around $1 a pound and send it over sees to brighten up a soldiers day. Go to halloweencandybuyback.com for a local dentist in your area. It’s a great way to show your child that they too can help our country and they can earn a little cash to boot!
Make some science experiments with your kiddos! If you go to Candy Experiments you can find tons of ways to do educational activities with you little ones using all that leftover Halloween candy. They have tons of experiments and even have two books that you can buy to make your own candy experiments at home. Candy Experiments written by Loralee Leavitt is an awesome book and she even has a Candy Experiments 2 that is set to come out on December 2nd.
If your child has some gummy bears you could hop over and read my series on learning with gummy bears Sequencing/Pattern building and Classification and Sorting. Both of them are great learning activities for your little ones.