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I always have the kids go through the day after Halloween and put the candy they want to keep in a ziplock bag. They get a ton of candy and they usually want less than half of it. I put their names on the bags. Some years we have a huge pile they don't want and only a quart size bag that they do.
Then we donate the rest to a charity organization our church works with that feeds the homeless. I know it's not nutritious food, but even the homeless like a little treat now and then.
Oddly enough, the stuff the kids don't like is the stuff I'd be likely to swipe, so most of it is out of the house.
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I will put a bunch of it in the freezer for other times of year. Most of the chocolate/nut kind of stuff freezes ok as long as you double bag it to keep it from getting frosty. Then when we have a road trip or kids over or want to make some fancy brownies I pull out a little bag. I also pre-sort out some things to save for Christmas stockings, Valentines, and Easter baskets.
Freezing it also helps me resist the impulse to grab a piece without thinking because it is so rock hard that I have time to think about it and resist the urge while it thaws.
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I also used to bring candy to work. Our receptionist has a bit candy dish on her desk for everybody in the company and guests. So, we all take turns bringing candy for her candy dish. She always has tons after Halloween.
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I have a son who likes collecting the candy but not too big on eating it. so once he comes home we go through the bag and he chooses about 20 pieces to keep. Then I pack up some for work and the remainder gets given back out at our house to those late trick or treaters who stop by.
In the office I do not keep the candy at my desk. I take it to the community print station and leave it in a jar or container with a sign telling those interested to help themselves. Once i go to the printer and see all the candy is gone I take the container back to my desk for the next holiday we get extra candy for.
The 20 pieces my son keeps are his not mine so i do not feel a need to eat any.
Hi, any thoughts on how best to handle all the Halloween candy that comes in through your kids' Trick or Treating? In past years I've collected extra candy and brought it into work, telling my kids that if they leave extra candy for the "Halloween Fairy," she will bring them a gift (book, little special something, etc.). This helps but I still wind up snacking, as I haven't had much willpower in the past. (I just joined SparkPeople so hopefully I'll be better staying on track this year.) Any thoughts?
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