Halloween has come and gone, and hopefully your sugar-induced headaches and Halloween hangovers have as well. Even if you're pretty sure you ate an entire lifetime's worth of candy, you might still have a ton left over from a lack of trick-or-treaters or even from your own little trick-or-treater's stashes. Here are five easy ways to reuse the leftover candy.
- DIY Trailmix - Mix up your leftover M&Ms, Reese's Pieces and the like with nuts, dried fruit, pretzels and seeds for a quick on-the-go snack. Just be careful with portion sizes. Since this trail mix idea involves candy, nuts and dried fruit it's still high in fats and sugars and doesn't fall into the healthy snack category. But it is delicious. So there's that.
- Infused Vodka - Infuse your favorite brand of vodka with hard candies and gummies. I've tried this with life savers, skittles, gummy worms, and candy corn to great success! Just place unwrapped candies in the bottom of a glass jar or bottle and pour vodka over the top. Shake frequently and allow to steep for at least 24 hours. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter to remove the candies from the infused vodka and chill before serving. More info on candy infusions can be found here.
- Gingerbread Houses - You can freeze some of the candy in air tight containers and freezer bags, as long as it is unopened. Then, when the time is right, you can use it for future holiday baking and gingerbread house decorating.
- Advent Calendar - Using the same idea as above, freeze your candy or or store in a cool, dark place (as long as the expiration date says you can keep it until the end of December). Use the candy to make your own DIY advent calendar with small boxes. Just label the outside of each box with the date of each day in December and tack the boxes to a cork board. More ideas on advent calendar DIYs can be found on our Pinterest board here.
- Candy Stuffed Brownies and Cookies - You've seen stuffed cookies and brownies all over Pinterest, and this is the perfect excuse to get a double does of sugary goodness. Check out this recipe for minty peppermint patty stuffed brownies.
Want to just get rid of all that extra sugar laying around? You can forgo the extra sugar shame by sending your candy to troops stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude or by participating in your dentist's candy buy back program! Just click on the links to learn more.
Whatever you end up doing with it, being a little creative with your surplus sugar is guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face.
Photography by Lauren Durden