For some reason, people have an abundance of candy this time of year….hmmmm….wonder why?
Just in case you find yourself in this predicament, we are here to help….no we don’t want it!
We are here with some tips of course.
Most candy is good for 4-6 (not 46) months. Anyone ever bite into a hard piece of bubble gum? Yeah, might need a crown after that!
If you find yourself with leftover chocolate, freezing can be a good option. In fact some people like their chocolate right from the freezer (chocolate mints). You just have to realize that it may change the appearance, due to blooming, so this may be just a personal stash and not given to others. OR use those leftovers for baking!
Keep in mind, most candy should be kept in moderate temps (if not freezing chocolate).
Finally, the softer the candy the shorter the shelf life.
A lot of dentists do a buy back program for Operation Gratitude for the US Military. Contact your dentist to see if they participate and/or visit the website.
Some homeless shelters and children’s non-profits collect leftover candy. Contact an organization near you to see if they would like some donations. Maybe even get a group of friends, church group, or neighbors together to participate.
Not as many people come to your door this year? If you have some unopened bags there may be some churches who would love the donation.
Do you know any rural kids who don’t have a lot of neighbors? Try packing up little treat boxes for them.
Third, Food Ideas:
Chocolate is an easy ingredient to incorporate into desserts. Add to your favorite brownies, cake, milk shake, or cookies for an added treat. EASY PEASY!
Another fun way to use up chocolate is to melt (gently) a few complimenting flavors together. Pour onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment or Silpat). Once cooled, break up into bark pieces. Now you have a nice homemade gift.
When the weather starts to get a bit warmer, or not, save your leftover candy for an Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Chop up the pieces and now you have lots of topping options. Invite some friends over and have a ParTay! You’re welcome!
In just a little over a month, won’t these candies be perfect for a Ginger Bread House?
Hard candy is currently popular for infused drinks.
Any birthdays coming up? Leftover candy can be a great way to add decorative flair when decorating cakes and/or cupcakes. You can also use the candy for the treat bags for children’s party.
If you are buying candy ahead of the holiday, buy non-holiday labeled candy. If the candy is more universal, you can use it in many other settings.
When buying the candy after the holiday, try to buy what you know you REALLY will use. A good deal is only a good deal if it get’s used.
Have a talk with your child BEFORE hand on how much candy will be consumed/kept. Anything after that, needs to get stored or given away.
Don’t forget to check that candy. Often times, we feel safe, but it never hurts to be on the cautious side.
Have a wonderful and safe evening no matter what you do!