How do you manage your holiday candy stash? Some people cut up chocolate to make cookies and brownies, some freeze their candy, and others sneak as much as possible to the trashcan before kids start crying foul. I’ve even see one recipe for a Kit Kat candy bar smoothie.
When my kids were really little, we participated in the annual Halloween trek around the neighborhood and ended up with more candy than any of us needed; all under the guise of seeing our friends on a warm Fall night when everyone is out and the mood is festive. We would go early and I would actually put half of the collected candy back into our bowl to give out to older teens who arrived later to clean us out. I didn’t want to be left with the temptation to eat it all myself since my kids could barely chew. In later years, we would take whatever was left to Thanksgiving where a much larger group could help us finish it up.
Now, my kids are the older Trick-or-Treaters themselves and they hide their stash in their rooms and only share sparingly with mom, if the dog doesn’t find it first. I bring this up because picking out the best candy to add to brownies and cookies is impossible if I have to get it from my kids. However, with a little planning, if you are going to participate in giving out Halloween or Christmas candy, it is worth thinking through your purchases and only buying items which can be reinvented and repurposed if any leftovers exist. You can also take advantage of after-holiday sales to supplement your baking needs.
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