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

Monica Oct 10, 2013 06:32 AM

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. Veggo RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 06:35 AM

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

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      Gio RE: Veggo Oct 10, 2013 06:36 AM

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

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        Caroline1 RE: Gio Oct 10, 2013 06:53 AM

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

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          Veggo RE: Caroline1 Oct 10, 2013 06:55 AM

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

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            Caroline1 RE: Veggo Oct 10, 2013 11:19 AM

            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...!!!

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      susan1353 RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 06:41 AM

      Sadly, I've never heard "leftover" and "candy" used in the same sentence.

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        ferret RE: susan1353 Oct 10, 2013 09:27 AM

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

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          4X4 RE: ferret Oct 10, 2013 11:27 AM

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

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          kmcarr RE: susan1353 Oct 23, 2013 02:20 PM

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

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            ricepad RE: kmcarr Oct 25, 2013 06:41 PM

            True dat. (mostly)

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            tardigrade RE: susan1353 Oct 31, 2013 08:48 PM

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

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              coll RE: tardigrade Nov 1, 2013 05:11 AM

              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.

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                chowser RE: coll Nov 1, 2013 10:55 AM

                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.

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                  4X4 RE: coll Nov 1, 2013 11:26 AM

                  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. :)

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                    coll RE: 4X4 Nov 1, 2013 01:57 PM

                    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. Caroline1 RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 06:51 AM

              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. pinehurst RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 06:57 AM

                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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                  tcamp RE: pinehurst Oct 10, 2013 10:58 AM

                  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.

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                    Monica RE: tcamp Oct 10, 2013 11:02 AM

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

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                    coll RE: pinehurst Oct 10, 2013 11:22 AM

                    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.

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                    truman RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 10:23 AM

                    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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                      Monica RE: truman Oct 10, 2013 10:31 AM

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

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                      KrumTx RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 10:51 AM

                      When kiddo traffic starts trickling, I give the last few bunches an insane amount of candy, since I always overbuy. It's great to see the looks on their faces - lotto win! - although I'm sure their parents have a different look for me.

                      If leftover candy is in the house, I eat too much. This is my solution:)

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                        pine time RE: KrumTx Oct 10, 2013 01:02 PM

                        Me, too. Last kid, before I turn off the lights, gets the remainder of the bowl. Although I do hold back a few Snickers for this old kid.

                      2. coll RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 11:24 AM

                        I buy mostly Snickers, because I have a wonderful Christmas cookie I make that calls for one of the smallest bars wrapped in a peanut butter dough. People always ask how I got the caramel in the middle!

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                          Monica RE: coll Oct 10, 2013 11:25 AM

                          sounds crazy delicious and easy...recipe please!

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                            coll RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 11:47 AM

                            No problem! Even though I give them out at Christmas, I call them "Halloween Cookies"

                            Makes 4 dozen (so cut in half if you don't need that many!)

                            2 sticks butter, softened
                            1 cup of peanut butter, or half/half with Nutella (I'm thinking to try the Trader Joe Speculoos this year too)
                            1 cup light brown sugar
                            1 cup regular sugar
                            2 eggs
                            1 tsp vanilla
                            3.5 cups flour
                            1 tsp baking soda
                            1/2 tsp salt
                            2 packages fun size Snickers (or Reeses or any caramel type candy)

                            Mix butter, peanut butter stuff and sugars til fluffy.
                            Add eggs and vanilla.
                            Add flour, salt and soda.
                            Chill dough 2 hours.
                            Take Tbsp size pieces of dough and flatten by hand.
                            Put candy in middle and roll into a ball.
                            Bake on a greased sheet at 350 for 15 minutes.
                            Optional (looks nicer but no difference in taste): Drizzle with melted real chocolate (not Nestles).

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                              Monica RE: coll Oct 10, 2013 12:02 PM

                              I wonder how many calories in a single cookie...just curious.

                              Thanks for the recipe. I will make these for holiday party..will not keep them at home!!

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                                coll RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 12:08 PM

                                If you figure it out let me know. But I think average.

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                                  Bkeats RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 01:05 PM

                                  If you're counting calories, you probably shouldn't be eating a cookie that has a melted snickers bar in it.

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                                    Monica RE: Bkeats Oct 10, 2013 01:22 PM

                                    Well, I don't know anyone who is not counting calories but i was just curious. I'd still eat 2-3 and bring the rest to a family party, etc.

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                                      coll RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 01:35 PM

                                      They freeze well.

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                                        pine time RE: coll Oct 11, 2013 09:28 AM

                                        Frozen Snickers are delicious, so I imagine my choppers can handle a frozen Snickers cookie, too! :)

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                                          coll RE: pine time Oct 11, 2013 10:20 AM

                                          I'm famous for freezing goodies so I won't eat them and then eating them frozen!

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                              iL Divo RE: coll Mar 3, 2014 11:53 AM

                              ooooh sounds so good

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                                coll RE: iL Divo Mar 3, 2014 02:05 PM

                                I know you like to play around with recipes, use any extra chocolate bar you have around. The cookies are good enough on their own, so you're just gilding the lily.

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                                  iL Divo RE: coll Mar 3, 2014 02:55 PM

                                  oh coll if you only knew what was in my freezers. the chocolate in there could line a mini mart shelf. but frozen Snickers are rare cuz we eat 'em the moment they're bought.

                                  chocolate frozen bars to wonders when chopped into cookie dough, cut up for brownie inclusions or melted then drizzled on something sumptuous.
                                  you're a smart mind reader ((coll))
                                  + I now know how to spell the g word...no u in there

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                                    coll RE: iL Divo Mar 3, 2014 04:14 PM

                                    Once you guild something, you have to join the union!

                                    I've made them with mini/small Reeses, talk about good. I've tried stashing those goodies in the freezer, then find myself gnawing at them after dinner, while watching a movie on TV. Oops see I already said that 6 months ago, up above. Nothing has changed unfortunately.

                                    Brownies, my additions are a handful of Nestles mini choc chips and a spoonful of instant espresso powder. No one will ever figure it out and it will drive them crazy.

                            3. chowser RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 11:51 AM

                              My husband's birthday is a week later and I make a candy bar cake--toss chopped chocolate bars on top and bake. It's fun to see what happens to each one. I used to pass smaller candies onto friends who were having birthday pinatas. Save ones that can go on gingerbread houses. The rest go to work w/ my husband. Sadly, I've misplaced some. I'm sure when I die, they'll wonder what I was doing w/ all that old candy.

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                                pine time RE: chowser Oct 10, 2013 01:03 PM

                                I had forgotten that I used to make an Almond Joy fudge...maybe I'll buy a few bags for Halloween, then save a few for Christmas fudge...

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                                  needcoffee RE: pine time Oct 22, 2013 08:21 AM

                                  I would love to have a recipe for that. If you still have it, will you please share?

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                                    pine time RE: needcoffee Oct 22, 2013 09:51 AM

                                    I'll have to dig through the archeological site that is my recipe folder. Will let you know as soon as I can...

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                                      pine time RE: pine time Oct 24, 2013 07:57 AM

                                      Well, shoot, can't find the recipe, and I make it every Christmas. I did find this on-line, and it looks similar:


                                      I also use leftover Milky Ways in a cake, and I did find that recipe, if you'd like it. Altho', I have to make it soon after Halloween, before I eat all the leftover Milky Ways.

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                                        needcoffee RE: pine time Oct 25, 2013 07:22 PM

                                        Thanks for trying to find it! I had never heard of that fudge before. Since there are several people in my family who love Almond Joy, myself included, it sounds like something I'll have to try. Thanks for the link too. Even though it isn't one you've made, I'm sure it's worth trying. I mean, with two cups of chopped Almond Joy in it, how could I really go wrong?

                                        If the Milky Way cake recipe is easy to share, I would gladly take it, but I don't want to send you back to the site digging again :) I'm always looking for new recipes like that for the kids in my family. They love the stuff with a candy theme, shocking I know, and as their aunt I see it as part of my duty to bake things like cakes with candy bars in them. Thanks again!

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                                          pine time RE: needcoffee Oct 26, 2013 10:42 AM

                                          Hope you nieces/nephews like this one!

                                          Milky Way Cake

                                          6 2.05-oz Milky Way candy bars
                                          1 c butter, divided
                                          2 c sugar
                                          4 eggs
                                          2 1/2 c flour
                                          1/2 tsp baking soda
                                          1 1/4 c buttermilk
                                          1 tsp vanilla
                                          1 c sliced, toasted almonds

                                          3 2.05 oz Milky Ways
                                          1/2 c butter, divided
                                          2 c powdered sugar
                                          2-4 Tbl milk

                                          Oven to 350. Grease/flour 12 c fluted tube pan.
                                          Chop candy bars, put in saucepan over medium low w/ 1/2 c of the butter. Stir until smooth (takes patience).
                                          Remove from heat, let cool.
                                          In mixing bowl, beat another 1/2 c butter w/ sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time.
                                          Separate bowl: combine flour & baking soda, gradually add to batter, alternating w/ the buttermilk, until just moistened.
                                          Blend in cooled candy mixture, vanilla and almonds.
                                          Pour into pan. Bake 60-65 min. (Top will be quite dark.)
                                          Let cool for 10 min, turn onto wire rack to totally cool.

                                          Chop candy bars, place in saucepan w/ 1/4 c butter. Heat until smooth. Set aside to cool.
                                          Mix powdered sugar w/ remaining butter in mixing bowl, add milk. [I add in some more vanilla.] Beat until smooth. Add cooled candy mixture, stir till combined. Add extra milk, as needed.
                                          Pour over cool cake, top w/ extra almonds.

                                          Hardly health food, but it's a candy bar cake!

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                                            needcoffee RE: pine time Oct 27, 2013 10:41 PM

                                            That sounds delicious. I will definitely try it. Thank you!

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                                              pine time RE: needcoffee Oct 28, 2013 08:02 AM

                                              Hey, a big slice would go great with your "coffee" name. (When I make this for a grown-up audience, I'll add a spoonful of espresso crystals in the cake base.)

                              2. rockandroller1 RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 12:06 PM

                                We donate all my son's candy to a homeless youth shelter. I know candy isn't "good" for anyone, but their lives are pretty miserable and it brings them a lot of joy. My son is allowed to keep a very small bag for his own consumption, and also knows where the donation of the rest of it goes, which I hope is teaching him altruism.

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                                  buzzardbreath RE: rockandroller1 Oct 11, 2013 10:06 AM

                                  Love this idea! I don't have youngsters of my own or any trick-or-treaters to come to my door, so maybe I'll check with the local youth center and see if I may donate some bags of candy the week before Halloween. Thank you for the gentle reminder, rockandroller1.

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                                    rockandroller1 RE: buzzardbreath Oct 22, 2013 12:17 PM

                                    when I was more flush with cash, I would buy a few of the sale bags and pad what we got a little, but nowadays I just can't do that. We all do what we can. It's the principle of what I'm teaching him, not the amount. At least I hope so.

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                                      chowser RE: rockandroller1 Oct 22, 2013 02:04 PM

                                      Our local shelters don't accept candy anymore, or soda. I wish there were a place we could donate candy.

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                                        rockandroller1 RE: chowser Oct 23, 2013 06:16 AM

                                        I can understand that, certainly. It's really not healthy and they want to promote healthy eating. How about sending it to the troops?



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                                          chowser RE: rockandroller1 Oct 23, 2013 06:31 AM

                                          Good idea! Chocolate doesn't work as well but the others, definitely. Some of our neighbors get together for periodic packing for the troops. I brought Fruit by the Foot once, from Costco and it was the surprise hit in the packages. So, Halloween candy would probably be much appreciated!

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                                          Kajikit RE: chowser Oct 28, 2013 10:34 AM

                                          That's a shame! Our church program is happy to take anything, including candy... it's only one meal a week, and only a small amount per person (usually one per person because we have to share it out among a hundred guests), and it makes our guests so happy to get a small treat on their way out the door. If we get too much at one time I just spread it out so we don't have insane amounts of sugar on the table. I think the less fortunate deserve a treat just as much as those of us who can walk into the store and buy it just because we feel like it.

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                                            pine time RE: Kajikit Oct 28, 2013 12:53 PM

                                            "I think the less fortunate deserve a treat just as much as those of us who can walk into the store and buy it just because we feel like it."--totally agree.

                                            When I buy some extra stuff at the grocery for the local food drive, I always buy a few bits of "luxury" stuff, or possibly dumb stuff (like boxed cake mix with the fun, colorful frosting cans)--I like to think of a Mom making that cake for her kids for a b.d. May not be the stuff I'd bake, but it's nice to think someone might get a treat.

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                                      Cherylptw RE: rockandroller1 Oct 11, 2013 01:31 PM

                                      When I was growing up, they gave out massive amounts of candy for Halloween. After my brother & I walked the neighborhood for the goodies, my mother would take our candy except for a little of it, pack it up and send it to her brother's children in North Carolina. They lived in the country and didn't go trick or treating.

                                      I hated it back then but I'm sure my cousins loved it....

                                      Once my kids came along, I used any leftovers in baked goods or melted down the hard candy to make simple syrups to use in a host of things.

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                                        coll RE: Cherylptw Oct 11, 2013 01:37 PM

                                        My Mom took it out of our bags on our occasional trips home, to supplement whatever she had already bought (we lived in Levittown NY back in the 1960s, so we all went out from about 8 AM to 8 PM! not even kidding) anyway we ended up with only a pillowcase or two at the end. Which obviously was more than enough. There were six of us, so we bartered and traded for a few days anyway, I don't think I felt cheated.

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                                          Cherylptw RE: coll Oct 12, 2013 09:29 PM

                                          We lived in Hollis in the 60's, and went out after school until about 8:30. While we had a motherload, after the night we went out trick or treating, my mom would only let us have one piece of candy a day. We had it so long it got stale, which I thought was a waste of footwork.

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                                        ErnieD RE: rockandroller1 Oct 23, 2013 02:14 PM

                                        Wonderful. I love this. I give the food bank money whenever we have a little to spare but this never really dawned on me. We're bizarrely young empty nesters and neither of us really has much of a sweet tooth, so I think I'll call and ask this year. We always either end up tossing the bowl or giving it to the 17 year old who shows up at 9:30 without a costume.

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                                          jbsiegel RE: rockandroller1 Oct 23, 2013 05:43 PM

                                          Our local pediatric dentist actually offers a reward ($) based on the amount of candy they bring in. The kid that brings the most candy wins a grand prize as well. Not sure what the dentist does with the candy...probably donates it somewhere.

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                                            Veggo RE: jbsiegel Oct 23, 2013 05:51 PM

                                            He should distribute it back to his patients and build his practice!

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                                              chowser RE: jbsiegel Oct 24, 2013 05:40 AM

                                              Maybe to an orthodontist? Ours gave out a small bag of chewy candy once they had their braces removed.

                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 12:33 PM

                                            I bring it to work.

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                                              ricepad RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 01:17 PM

                                              I stock the candy jar at work with the leftovers. I then raid said jar regularly.

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                                                SaraAshley RE: ricepad Oct 11, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                That's what I do, as well!

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                                                Redstickchef RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                I usually try to bake with them. I'll either make an everything but the cookie, or bar cookie and sometimes I might use them in cake decorations. I hate leaving them in the house because my family will devour them so any remaining leftovers I usually bring to work or give to friends.

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                                                  buzzardbreath RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                  Many Halloweens ago, my coworkers and I realized we had all bought way more extra candy than we needed. The husband of a coworker was a chaplain on a Navy ship so we all brought the candy in to work, put it in a box with a cheerful note signed by all, collected money for postage and sent the box off to the chaplain. It was much enjoyed by the sailors.

                                                  1. FoodWacky RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                    Well, I save some of the chocolates for baking/eating, pick at the rest on and off for a little while, then quietly throw the rest in the trash bin! Funny thing is, my grandson has never really cared about the candy beyond having the fun of collecting it on Halloween.

                                                    1. JMF RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                      Heck, I haven't bought Halloween candy to give out in years. Not being mean. It's just that I haven't seen a kid trick or treating in at least 5+ years in my neighborhood. I'm living in the same area I did when I was 10-18. There used to be tons of kids,we ran around in huge packs back then, but not any more.

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                                                        HillJ RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                        Any chocolate ones we crush in the food processor and add to chocolate chip cookie dough, freeze and use as the year of parties presents itself.

                                                        All of the chocolate candies work really well.

                                                        The candies we usually bag up and give to the senior center.

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                                                          jbsiegel RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                          Leave it out for a couple of weeks to eat. Then grind up anything that's "grindable" (throw away all that chewy-fruity-stuff) and use it as:

                                                          1. Ice cream toppings
                                                          2. In cookies
                                                          3. In cakes
                                                          4. I've even used it as a topping for oatmeal
                                                          5. In a smoothie
                                                          6. On yogurt
                                                          7. On fruit salad

                                                          In the end, I use it all (and that's an accomplishment because my kids come home with A LOT!)

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                                                            BuildingMyBento RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                            Post an ad on Craigslist saying to meet at the nearest frozen yoghurt place? Just in case your favorite toppings are missing...

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                                                              beevod RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                              Save for next year.

                                                              1. jrvedivici RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                Eat um all up!

                                                                1. tcamp RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                  ToT work product sits on the counter for a couple of days and they eat all they want. After about three days, I throw a tantrum and we sort it out. Husband takes a lot of it to work where he is responsible for a gingerbread house decorating extravaganza in early December. The stuff that is not suitable for decorating goes to my office where it is quickly Hoovered up.

                                                                  Any boxes of Junior Mints get confiscated for own personal consumption.

                                                                  1. westsidegal RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                    gifting to the housekeeper, the gardener, or throw in the trash.

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                                                                      ricepad RE: westsidegal Oct 25, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                      But...but...but...I AM the housekeeper and gardener!

                                                                    2. Bill Hunt RE: Monica Oct 22, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                      We only buy, and handout candies, that we are likely to eat, like "chocolate morsels." That way, whatever is left, goes into our "morsel bowl."


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                                                                        LeoLioness RE: Monica Oct 23, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                        I eat them. I always mean to buy candy that is not my favorite to avoid temptation.....and then I don't.

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                                                                          pine time RE: LeoLioness Oct 23, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                          Confession: I've already had to replace the peanut M & Ms. They're lethal.

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                                                                            LeoLioness RE: pine time Oct 23, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                            I'm halfway through the Take 5 bars. Sorry, neighborhood children.

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                                                                              Monica RE: LeoLioness Oct 23, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                              Never heard of Take 5.

                                                                              I bought a large bag from Costco and hid the bag somewhere so both my husband and my daughter can't see it.

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                                                                                coll RE: Monica Oct 23, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                Didn't realize Take 5 was still around, probably the only candy bar with pretzels included. Something along the line of Nutrageous (alkapal I'm talking to you....)

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                                                                                  Veggo RE: Monica Oct 23, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                  Have you no conscience?.....:)

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                                                                                    LeoLioness RE: Veggo Oct 24, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                    Oh, there will be plenty for them. But the early birds will get the Laffy Taffy and Mounds and other non-tempting stuff.

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                                                                            CanadaGirl RE: Monica Oct 23, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                            I keep it for next year, when it then gets handed out to the teenagers who were too lazy to put any effort into their costumes.

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                                                                              LeoLioness RE: CanadaGirl Oct 24, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                              Last year I remember thinking "If you are trick-or-treating with your boyfriend/girlfriend.....you are too old to be trick-or-treating". I still give them candy anyway because I'm not going to be THAT person on Halloween, but come on--I had a job at that age.

                                                                            2. bagelman01 RE: Monica Oct 24, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                              I take them to the local soup kitchen where I volunteer. The attendees are greatful for little non-perishable items they can just stick in a pocket have have for a snack at hours when the soup kitchen isn't open. I usually buy some cereal or snack bars to give out as well as the usual chocolate and these are really appreciated.

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                                                                                flavrmeistr RE: Monica Oct 24, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                Never heard of such a thing.

                                                                                1. JMF RE: Monica Oct 26, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                  As a kid, as soon as the candy corn got stale, and even fresh it wasn't my favorite, I used them in my sling shot. Also gum drops, gum balls, and any other semi-spherical candy. This was back when street lights had exposed bulbs. There wasn't a light that was safe, and the streets in the fall were extra dark. Great for playing hide and seek.

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                                                                                    buzzardbreath RE: JMF Oct 26, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                    I am chortling like crazy. I thought I was the only kid who used candy corn as sling shot ammo.

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                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: buzzardbreath Oct 26, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                      Ball bearings.

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                                                                                        JMF RE: flavrmeistr Oct 26, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                        You mean jawbreakers...!

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                                                                                          flavrmeistr RE: JMF Oct 26, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                          Is there such a thing as a stale jawbreaker? I wonder....

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                                                                                            JMF RE: flavrmeistr Oct 26, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                            They are pre-staled.

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                                                                                              flavrmeistr RE: JMF Oct 28, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                              Ha! That's funny.

                                                                                  2. zeldaz51 RE: Monica Oct 26, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                    I buy a small amount, as we get few T or Ters where we live now (NM). In our previous neighborhood (NY) we would get hundreds of strange children each year. I always get something my husband loves do HE can eat the leftovers. This year it's mini Heath bars.

                                                                                    1. Kajikit RE: Monica Oct 28, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                      Eat them of course... what else would we do with candy? (If there's way too much and we're sick of it I take the rest in to church for the homeless feeding program. Everyone there loves the chance to get a little free sugar with their lunch...) Don't throw wrapped candy away - you can donate it!

                                                                                      1. MidwesternerTT RE: Monica Oct 30, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                        I've made the Halloween Candy Bundt cake, recommended by the Food Librarian site, but the recipe linked in 2011 is now stale (a bit like the candy in a couple of months...). Ingredients copied below w/ my paraphrased instructions.

                                                                                        However, I really like the idea of the cookies coli mentioned - easier to freeze and eat over a few months.

                                                                                        Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt Cake:

                                                                                        1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temp
                                                                                        1 cups (200 grams) sugar
                                                                                        1 egg, room temp
                                                                                        2 egg whites, room temp
                                                                                        2 tsp vanilla extract
                                                                                        3/4 cup whole milk
                                                                                        2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
                                                                                        2 tsp baking powder
                                                                                        1/4 tsp salt
                                                                                        My notes - also add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 C. chopped pecans - cake is very plain
                                                                                        1 1/2 cup leftover Halloween candy, chopped

                                                                                        Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter/sugar, add eggs, vanilla, milk. Stir in dry ingredients, fold in chopped candy & nuts.

                                                                                        Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees in a 10 or 12 C. Bundt pan that's been greased & floured. Let rest 10 minutes in pan, then unmold and cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

                                                                                        1. Njchicaa RE: Monica Oct 30, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                          I freeze a couple of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups for my husband and bring the rest to work. Coworkers will happily eat it all.

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                                                                                            valerie RE: Njchicaa Nov 1, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                            Totally agree. Bring it to work. Coworkers eat anything.

                                                                                            Actually, I went a little overboard on what I bought, and then there is the candy that my kids brought home, so we had a lot in the house. My kids school does a candy drive so I packed up a big bag and sent it in to be donated. The rest will go with me to work on Monday.

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                                                                                            crabtree RE: Monica Oct 30, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                            Whatever is still leftover on Christmas Eve is left out for Santa by the fireplace. He very happily takes it every year!

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                                                                                              youareabunny RE: Monica Oct 31, 2013 12:25 AM

                                                                                              Gingerbread house

                                                                                              1. mamachef RE: Monica Oct 31, 2013 04:45 AM

                                                                                                Chopped and put into cake batter. Milky Ways and Reeses are particularly good for this, and on the M.W cake, you can use a malty chocolate frosting. Oh my stars is this good stuff.
                                                                                                I think it was a Food Network Magazine article for Oct. this year that had some suggestions, but I can't remember what they were....

                                                                                                1. LotusRapper RE: Monica Oct 31, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                  IMHO the best way to share them with homeless folks at soup kitchens, shelters, churches, etc. Little things like candy can bring joy to those with very little, or none.

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                                                                                                    mamachef RE: LotusRapper Oct 31, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                    Very lovely thought. It really can be a small treat that makes the difference between a generally crap day and a decent one.

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                                                                                                      LotusRapper RE: mamachef Oct 31, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                                      Wicked avatar, MC !

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                                                                                                    Arimathea RE: Monica Oct 31, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                    Donate it. Our church makes bag lunches for the County-USC AIDS clinic once a month, and we include a couple of pieces of candy in the sack lunch. Many of the clients are children who would get a free lunch at school but have had to go to the clinic and so get a lunch bag there.

                                                                                                    We collect enough candy from the parish kids in the two weeks after Halloween to stock the lunch sacks for a whole year. And while I know it may not be particularly good for them, when you've just been to the doctor a little sweet treat is not a bad thing.

                                                                                                    1. emglow101 RE: Monica Oct 31, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                                                      Great costumes,fewer kids this year.Three bags left over.Maybe melt them into one big ball.

                                                                                                      1. John E. RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                        We have a bunch of miniature 3 Muskateers left over. I'm not a big fan of them so I am going to make them into hot chocolate and bring it in a thermos to a college football game tomorrow.

                                                                                                        I heat milk in the microwave, put the 3 Muskateers in a blender, add the hot milk and let it rip. If it's not chocolatey enough, I'll add some Nesquik.

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                                                                                                          MidwesternerTT RE: John E. Nov 1, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                                          Oh, but those kind are just the best as a frozen summertime small treat.

                                                                                                          Do be careful with the blender & hot liquid - erruptive combination.

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                                                                                                            John E. RE: MidwesternerTT Nov 1, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                            You are right of course. On another thread I was extolling the virtues of the old Milkshake candy bar, which was much better frozen.

                                                                                                            I noticed that these 3 Musketeers are much narrower than I remembered from the past.

                                                                                                            I am always careful with the blender, especially after the 'spoon' incident of 1979 when I was a kid. (The plastic jar was replaced with a glass one.)

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                                                                                                          kseiverd RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                          One year, had a DOG answer that question for me!! Had a 6-8 month old Rottie who just wanted to see EVERY kid who came to the door... imagine looks on parents faces when she stuck her big head out to lick whoever was close enough!!

                                                                                                          Had a messa snack sized items... milk ways, kit kats, peanutbutter cups, etc... that dog SEEMED to take no notice of while kids were at door. I put basket in middle of diningroom table when it was time to head to bed. In middle of night (while sound asleep), started having a "dream" about chocolate?? It was CHOCOLATE BREATH from my DOG!! She had eaten all but 2-3 mini candy bars... at LEAST a pound of the stuff!! Knowing dogs & chocolate don't mix, called emergency animal for advice. They asked about her size (probably 60-something lbs), what KINDS of candy she ate (all chocolate of some form), and how she was acting (normal GOOFY self).

                                                                                                          Was told what to watch for... she never showed any symptoms that merited a trip to vet. Was told to NOT be surprised if she had nastiness coming out at either end... she never did.

                                                                                                          1. PotatoHouse RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                            we live out in the country (at least 1/4 mile between houses) so no one trick and treats out here.

                                                                                                            1. weezieduzzit RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                              I bought just as many pieces as I needed for specific neighbors kids I knew I'd see. There is no leftover candy. I have no sweet tooth and he stopped eating candy when they started filming a tv show he's going to be on.

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                                                                                                                Tripper RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                The guys who delivered my new frig were happy to take them off my hands...gave them a shopping bag to cart them off with.

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                                                                                                                  HillJ RE: Monica Nov 5, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                  Well, Jimmy Kimmel thought it would be funny if parents tricked their kids into believing they ate all their candy and videotape their reactions. Some are very funny. Lots of tears..


                                                                                                                  This would never work with broccoli.

                                                                                                                  last year.

                                                                                                                  1. Veggo RE: Monica Mar 3, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                    I still have leftover Reeses Peanut Butter Cups from 2012, and several packages from 2013. Both are labeled.
                                                                                                                    I'm 61 now, and this reminds me of when I collected stamps as a child.
                                                                                                                    I bought them because I like the leftovers, but I never ate them.

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                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: Veggo Mar 3, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                      I pulled out an extra large zipper bag out of the garage freezer yesterday as hubby and I were both on separate computers studying-the moment called for chocolate-it was raining after all

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                                                                                                                        Veggo RE: iL Divo Mar 3, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                        Let it rain!

                                                                                                                        Let it rain!
                                                                                                                        We love chocolate!

                                                                                                                    2. coll RE: Monica Mar 3, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                      This is what I made last night, I found some leftover cookie dough from my Christmas baking. Lemon "stars" (now shamrocks) and linzer tarts. Saved for Valentines but I came up with something else for that occasion, don't remember what though.

                                                                                                                      Wow this new photo thing is really nice!

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                                                                                                                        Monica RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                        yummy looking!

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                                                                                                                          coll RE: Monica Mar 4, 2014 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                          Thanks, they're about half gone now! forgot to mention, I used lime curd instead of lemon on the shamrocks, in honor of the holiday. The Linzers are as they always are though, didn't want any complaints.

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                                                                                                                            Monica RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                            Gosh, you are really making me hungry....

                                                                                                                            did you make your lime curd? I much prefer taste of lime over lemon. I wll take the other half please.

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                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: Monica Mar 4, 2014 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                              love "curds" of all citrus flavors. honestly what's not to like? they make so many things better. "Shamdra Lee" had a recipe I stupidly made last year for my Christmas cookies. what was I thinking? jarred should have been my first clue, I made fresh. sadly the cookies were no show stopper.

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                                                                                                                                coll RE: Monica Mar 4, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                I'm sort of ashamed to admit, but I used the Wilkinsons brand (or whatever it's named). I couldn't find lemon once so I bought a jar of lime instead, and it's since been sitting there waiting for a bright idea from me.

                                                                                                                                I've been getting into jam making lately, but unless I have some fresh lemons or limes from California I don't think I'll be trying curd!

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                                                                                                                                  Monica RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                  I recently saw a bag of key limes at Costco. I live in northern NJ btw. I was very tempted to buy a bag and make key lime pies and other goodies but I knew it was one of those items I'd regret when I get home.

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                                                                                                                                    coll RE: Monica Mar 4, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    Oh yeah, I've been seeing those bags at Best Yet too, never thought about curd, was only thinking pie, or tropical drinks. Maybe marmalade? But I do like the lemon better.

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                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    I knew I've been saving those glass jars for a reason lately.

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                                                                                                                                      coll RE: iL Divo Mar 4, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      I tend to save glass jars for no reason at all! although they do occasionally come in handy.

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                                                                                                                                        Veggo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        They can inflict serious pain when thrown at a critical velocity.

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                                                                                                                                          coll RE: Veggo Mar 4, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                          Now there's a good idea! Way to win a fight.

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                                                                                                                                            Veggo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                            And a tough way to lose one! I'll be back to court later this month- and after 2 days in jail - for a fight I won!
                                                                                                                                            P.S. It was pretty nasty. 2 ambulances. I declined.

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                                                                                                                                              coll RE: Veggo Mar 4, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              I usually just keep a couple of cans of wasp spray scattered about, but glass jars sound like a good backup. All legal, so far.

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                                                                                                                                                Veggo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                I'm virulenty allergic to wasp stings...I would prefer to lose a bar fight.

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                                                                                                                                                  coll RE: Veggo Mar 4, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I've never even been stung but have a deathly fear anyway, and destroy every nest I come across. But I mostly keep the spray on hand for burglars in the middle of the night (which has never happened either, such a worrywart).

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                                                                                                                                                    Veggo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                    And to complicate the equation, I'm a New England WASP!
                                                                                                                                                    Although elsewhere I like being called a Mexican Jew!

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                                                                                                                                                      coll RE: Veggo Mar 4, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I promise I won't shoot you, whatever you really are ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                        Veggo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, coll. I am pestilence living an extraordinary life.

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                                                                                                                                                    flavrmeistr RE: Veggo Mar 27, 2014 02:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Mineral spirits in a spray bottle. Knocks 'em right out of the sky. Can of spray paint and a butane lighter works better in a bar fight. Running works best of all.

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                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                            I am so proud of myself today for cleaning out the frig and actually tossing out several glass jars that contained sauces or juice or dressings or hummingbird nector or or or. I could have washed them out and stuck them in the dishwasher for future use but I chucked them and it feels good. you know sometimes it's the little things that make us feel fulfilled.

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                                                                                                                                              coll RE: iL Divo Mar 4, 2014 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                              I do that once every year or so too, it feels good to lighten the load. Temporary as it may be!

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                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: coll Mar 4, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                "temorary as it may be"........................................

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                                                                                                                                Raffles RE: Monica Mar 4, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                I pretty much burn them as I would any other candle, the pumpkin spice gets a little old, but the illumination is the same...

                                                                                                                                Oh I did not read the OP ...sorry.. but I feel the same way....

                                                                                                                                Where are my cheaters Honey?

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                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: Raffles Mar 4, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                  I have several pair, I'll toss you 1 or 12.................wink*

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