Cooking & Food

What to do with left over Halloween Candy

What do you do with leftover Halloween candy? Don’t throw it away just yet.

Registered Dietitian Jessika Brown of Nearly Nutritious has some suggestions.

1. DIY Trail Mix— M&Ms, Candy Corn, Milk Duds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the tiny candy bar bites are all great game for a DIY trail mix.  If you mix these sweets with nuts, pretzels, and dried fruit, you can dilute the added sugar with some quality nutrition and protein.  My personal favorite is: candy corn, peanut M&Ms, pretzels, cashews, almonds, and dried banana chips.

2. Use it to teach math— For those of you with little ones, using candy to teach math skills is a game changer.  To this day, I remember my mom and dad sitting me down with color coordinated M&M’s, and teaching me multiplication.  Best part- when I got it right, I would get a snack!

3. Repurpose it for Christmas!  Use it to make a gingerbread house or an advent calendar!  I love to make advent calendars for the countdown to my favorite holiday.  Why not repurpose the free candy you don’t want to eat at Halloween for a gift that can be mindfully consumed one day at a time later?  Win-win!

4. Let your kids make gifts for family and friends— My boys are starting to learn the act of giving. This year I bought cute little boxes and we will be wrapping up some candy with words of love and encouragement to pass on to some friends and family.

5. Save it for the next Piñata— Candy doesn’t go bad.  And if you don’t have plans to get a piñata, now you do!