Too much Halloween candy at your house? Here are some fun ideas of what to do with your candy if you are feeling like it isn’t being portioned well or you are worried about your kids eating too much halloween candy. There are a lot of ideas here, so hopefully you find one that works best for you.
- Donate to a shelter/food bank- Often times we consider food ideas for food banks but we may not consider the sweet stuff. Call your local shelter/food pantry before donating as some may or may not accept sweets.
2. Send it to the office: Out of site out of mind. Portion control is often hardest for me! I like to send it to work with my husband so it isn’t a temptation or I will tell my kids to hide it from me.
3. Turn it into baked goods: These Reeses Oatmeal cookies are amazing! You could replace them with m&ms if you have more of those or do a mix.
4. Freeze for future use for baking, holidays, or eating.
5. Fill a piñata for a party.
6. Stocking Stuffers
7. Decorate Gingerbread houses.
8. Christmas candy countdown. This is one of our family favorites and it a fun way to portion control and look forward to Christmas Day. Find full details here.
9. Give children an allotted time to enjoy and then toss/donate the rest. It could be 1 day, 3 days, 10 days, or a month. you decide.
10. Donate to soldiers or missionaries. You can find more details on how to do that here.
11. Sell your candy to a dentist. Some dentists will pay your children cash for their sweets! Call around and find out if maybe yours will too!
12. Create an in house “payment” system as a fun way to stretch out the candy eating. You can find more details here.
13. Switch Witch or the Great Pumpkin. Have your child save 10 candies from their stash that they love. Then, let them know that if they gift their candy to the “switch witch” or the “great pumpkin” it will be exchanged for a gift. You could make this a fun toy they would love, movie tickets, an activity, or special one on one time with you.
14. Donate to local heroes: police officers, firemen, or veterans. You could really brighten their day and give them some love for all of their service at the same time.
15. Let them eat cake, my parents never portion controlled me and I turned out fine. 🙂
Children are born with the ability to know when they are satisfied physically, overriding that sensation and eating more is a learned behavior. If you decide that you want your child to enjoy their candy and not bother with portion control you may find that they know when to stop all on their own and will bore of it.
Whatever you decide I hope this post was helpful to you! Share your ideas in the comments below.
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