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So what do you do with all the leftover halloween candies?

Every year, I buy way more than I should and I also get candies from my daughter's trick or treating. What do you guys do with the leftovers?
I usually let my daughter eat a few pieces of chocoaltes and try to hide the ones with artificial colors and flavors as much as I can and throw them out eventually. My husband and I eat a few pieces we like. I like the Almond Joy and my husband is crazy about snickers bars. I gave a large bag to my cleaning lady last year and let my husband take the rest to his work.

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  1. I still have 5 Reese's peanut butter cups left over in a bowl from last Halloween.

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    1. re: Veggo

      In the freezer? That's what we used to do.

      1. re: Gio

        Come on, Gio, you KNOW that the freezer is only good for Milky Ways...!!! '-)

        1. re: Caroline1

          In my case, perhaps embarrassingly, my last year's Reese's leftovers are still on the kitchen counter.

          1. re: Veggo

            See? See? The problem is that you bought the wrong kind of Halloween candy! You should have bought mini Snickers bars or Milky Ways, then you just pop 'em in the freezer if there are any left and have yourself a party whenever the mood hits!

            Caroline, the Party In The Mouth girl...!!!

      1. re: susan1353

        I'm also trying to process that. I see the words but they make no sense together.

        1. re: ferret

          It's the stuff you feed to your pet unicorn. :)

        2. re: susan1353

          No such thing as leftover candy, just candy I haven't eaten yet.

          1. re: susan1353

            Yeah, I just went through all the 8 bags I bought -up from last year - in 2 hours.

            1. re: tardigrade

              I was surprised at the...how should I put this...greediness of the little kiddies this year. I had six bags of assorted chocolate bars so mixed them in a big bowl. When I held the bowl out to the trick or treaters, only one or two groups took just one, or asked if they could have a second. The rest grabbed five or six each, at least. And would have kept going if I didn't pull the bowl back. I finally turned my lights out at 7:45 because I wanted to keep a few for us too: I purposedly bought extra because I was planning on making a birthday cake for Mom out of some of the leftovers.

              The thing that killed me was they had full size shopping bags to collect their loot, and when they opened them to deposit my candy, the bags were filled with hundreds more little chocolate bars (apparently all they give out in my neighborhood, no chintzy stuff). Wonder where it will all end up?

              Maybe they were making up for Hurricane Sandy last year, I don't know. Wow I guess I'm officially a curmudgeon now.

              1. re: coll

                Some children have gotten really greedy and their parents don't seem to think it's a problem. When I took my kids around and someone gave them a choice, I'd tell them to pick one. When encouraged, they could take another. I gave out full size candy bars and had a child ask me if he could have more. I felt like asking for the first one back. Most kids saw the full size bars and got excited.

                1. re: coll

                  I never hold the bowl of candy out for them. I hold it to my side and give each kid a piece or two from it. If they ask for something specific in the bowl ("Can I have Snickers instead?") I tell them they can have what I gave them. It's free and they shouldn't complain.

                  I started doing this years ago when kids would grab from the bowl, hold their bags open without saying "Trick or treat," and not say thank you. Not all of them did this, but enough did this to make me stop one year.

                  There's less kids where I live now, and most have been nice and polite. I still had a couple of complainers last night, and one who stood there holding his bag open after I gave him some candy. I told him he should get out of the way so his friends could get some.

                  I have a big bowl of leftovers, but I bought much more than I thought I would need so I have so much leftover. :)

                  1. re: 4X4

                    Thanks both of you, you're right I guess I bring this on myself. I don't have kids myself so I'm not great at dealing with them in a firm manner. I don't want to stop giving, so next year I will give, but according to my rules!

                    The worst was a few years ago, someone ran the bell after 9:00 so I made my husband answer. The kid, obviously not from our neighborhood, started grabbing for all he was worth, and when my husband said something, he said What do you care, no one else is coming now! To this day, I don't know why no further words were exchanged.

            2. When my kids were kids <g> I was blessed because my son's birthday is November 1st, the DAY AFTER Halloween, so he ALWAYS had a piñata at his birthday parties!

              But wait! You're also talking about the candy you have left after the monsters have deserted your own doorstep! One year (my first Halloween ever in that neighborhood) I bought tons of Halloween candy but only one Trick or Treater showed up... A high school senior at about ten that night! I asked him where the kids were he was supervising. His answer? "Oh, I'm alone. You see, this is my last year ever for being a 'school kid,' so I figured I'd better get my last haul of candy while the getting is good!" I rewarded that kind of honesty with the whole supply of Halloween candy I had bought that morning.

              So if you're worried about cavities and dental bills in your own family, piñatas and dumping it all on the last kid to ring your doorbell has worked well for me!

              1. I bring any leftovers to the lunchroom/common area at work.

                I cannot keep Reeses peanut butter cups or Almond Joys in the house. I love them and would break into the bags.

                Isn't the first step admitting that you have a problem? :-)

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  Yes, the lunchroom. Almost anything disappears from that common table.

                  I don't eat any but my husband picks out PB cups and a few other items and spirits them away to who knows where.

                  1. re: tcamp

                    LOL, my coworker said the other day, you put out anything remotely edible in the kitchn, it will be gone in like 5 min.

                  2. re: pinehurst

                    I've noticed for a few weeks after, everywhere you go like banks and small shops there is a big bowl of candy prominently displayed by the cash register. And yes, work too.

                  3. We pick out a reasonable amount to keep (no more than 1 week's worth) and then ditch the rest at work.

                    Some dentists' offices participate in a candy "buy-back" and send the candy to military troops. You can also send it yourself. http://www.operationgratitude.com/hal... and http://operationshoebox.com/programs/...

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                    1. re: truman

                      I have a friend who is going to Iraq next month..maybe I should get him a box of candies.