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7 Ways to Re-Use Leftover Halloween Candy


Between overestimating our trick-or-treat crowd and underestimating the girls’ Halloween haul, there is always an abundance of candy come November. So, what are we supposed to do with all these Halloween treats? Oh, sure, they could eat it, but we can only take that so far before I’m tired of the sugar highs and ready to chuck the whole lot.

Not one to waste resources, though, I have to find a way to put it all to use. Of course, I tend to sneak out my own favorites first. (Hello, Reese’s peanut butter cups!) We also cull through any of the gluten candy that can’t stay in our house, and send it to work with the hubby. As for the rest of it, check out my favorite, money saving-ideas after the jump.


  • Candy Buy Back for Soldiers 1 of 7
    Candy Buy Back for Soldiers
    Find a Halloween Candy Buy Back near you. Local dentists will exchange your kids' candy for cash, toothbrushes and non-sugary treats. The candy is sent overseas to American soldiers.
  • Birthday Goody Bags 2 of 7
    Birthday Goody Bags
    Leftover candy plays a large part in my girls' budget birthday parties. The leftover candy adds a little extra treat to our party favors.
  • Ice Cream Sundaes 3 of 7
    Ice Cream Sundaes
    Chop up your favorite candy for topping ice cream or mixing into milkshakes.
  • Candy Bouquets 4 of 7
    Candy Bouquets
    With Halloween behind us, it's time to turn our attention to the holidays. If you need an inexpensive hostess gift or teacher present, include a little Halloween candy in your homemade candy bouquets.
  • Gingerbread Houses 5 of 7
    Gingerbread Houses
    What do you do with all that leftover Halloween candy that no one wants to eat anyway? Save it for your holiday gingerbread house
  • Candy Bar Brownies 6 of 7
    Candy Bar Brownies
    When you're tired of eating the candy, try including it in some yummy recipes, like candy bar brownies.
  • Holiday Cookies 7 of 7
    Holiday Cookies
    Or, save a little candy for cookies—peanut butter cup cookies are my personal favorite. It's a great way to a save little cash on your holiday baking.


Photo Credits: Halloween Candy, Birthday Goody Bags, Ice Cream Sundaes, Gingerbread House, Candy Bar Brownies, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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