What to do with all that candy?

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So Halloween is over and you have more candy in your house than you know what to do with.

All that candy lying around will just tempt you to eat it and the kids really don't need that much sugar. There are ways to get rid of it. One way is to just throw it all in the trash but that probably wouldn't be a good idea considering the amount of money that people spend when purchasing it to pass out to trick-or-treaters.

My friend used to take all the chocolate her kids received Halloween night and freeze it. That way she could just let them have it sparingly over a long period of time. There is nothing like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or a Snickers bar right out of the freezer!

My kid's Academy School District 20 school is collecting leftover candy to send to soldiers overseas. A lot of organizations and churches do this. Our military men and women don't have the luxury of stopping into a convenience store to grab a candy bar so getting care packages filled with candy from back home is a real treat and many of them even share the candy with the children who live in the countries they have been deployed to.

Another idea is just to take it to work. Many of us have offices where customers and clients walk in on a daily basis so it's nice to have a little bowl of candy sitting out for everyone to help themselves to.

Many dentists buy back candy. For every pound of candy that is brought in they will pay $1. Last year a dentist in Shelby Township, Mich. collected 900 pounds of candy. It wasn't that he was trying to prevent his patients from getting cavities but rather to donate to those less fortunate who normally can't afford the luxury of a few pieces of candy. The dentist, while on a trip to Haiti last year, took 50 pounds of the candy with him.

Several websites I came across suggested using some of the candy to decorate cupcakes, brownies and cookies. The candy can even be used in recipes. I think it would be a great idea to have a sundae party for the kid's birthdays or even for the adults and put some of the candy out for toppings.

One idea I came across suggested saving the candy for the holidays and letting the kids use it to decorate a gingerbread house.

Of course not all the candy has to be eaten in one way or another. Many websites gave several ideas for arts and crafts projects. With Thanksgiving coming up a cornucopia can be made and decorated with some of that leftover candy. Kids can even make their own advent calendar at Christmas and put a piece of candy behind the little opening of each date. When they open each date there's that piece of candy!

So there you have it. A list of ideas for all that candy the kids brought home.