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What to do with all that leftover Halloween candy

As I write this, it's Halloween morning and I'm not sure how tonight is going to play out. Some neighbors are staying in. Others, like me, dread the idea of losing even one Halloween with a small child. How can we not go trick-or-treating on a Saturday with a full moon? A rare blue moon no less!  So we're masking up and making the best of it.

social distancing Halloween candy slide

I also built a six-foot candy slide for social distancing, and it will shoot candy out to kids without them having to step foot on my porch. Will a lot of houses have their lights off? Since I don't know what to expect tonight, I may have a lot of leftover candy. 

And if so, thre is no shortage of creative ideas for those little packages of goodness. I mean, let's be honest. Some of it we are just going to eat straight out of the bag. I'll be self-medicating with chocolate all the way up to election day. Here are a few other ideas:

Halloween trail mix

Trail mix

Rip open those little bags of M&Ms and candy corn, and dice them in with a variety of nuts. You instantly have a protein-packed trail mix, with sweet treats in every bite.

Gingerbread House Decor

Save candy pieces for the holidays, where they can be instrumental in making gingerbread houses. Pour different types of candy into muffin tray molds, where you can keep the sweets organized. Then play some holiday music and adorn your gingerbread house.

DIY advent calendar

Advent Calendar

You can save 25 pieces for an advent calendar, counting the days until Christmas. Stuff one piece of candy into 25 different enveopes, number them, and pin them to a festive corkboard. You've instantly created a month of wonder. 


Stir a Hershey chocoate bar into your coffee, and it becomes a creamy cup of mocha.

Otherwise, stay safe. Make the most of Halloween. Ladles and Linens still has a lot of goodies to help you spruce up your home for the occasion!  And don't forget to check out that blue moon tonight. We haven't had one since 1944. This only happens once in a...well, yea.

Happy Halloween!




Fun Ideas for Halloween Candy Leftovers

When it comes to entertaining, it's always better to have too much  than too little. On Halloween, I'd hate to flick off the porch light and miss the kiddos just because I ran out of candy. This means leftover candy, and no complaints here!

I love Halloween candy bark. Always use dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips as the base, because the candy on top will elevate the sweetness. Simply melt dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips in a double-boiler, a copper pot on low heat or crock pot. Use a spatula to empty and smooth out the melted chocolate onto a cookie tray. Once the surface is level, add in candy corn, M&Ms, candy bar pieces, and pretzels for a salty twist. Let it cool at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. Once it's cooled, break apart and share!

The holidays are right around the corner, so if you plan on baking, you can always press your leftover Hershey kisses into peanut butter cookies to make the holiday classic Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. Peanut fanatics can also swap out Hershey kisses for mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

All you need is a glue gun and styrofoam wreath to make a candy wreath - a holiday or birthday present that will no doubt bring joy to any child (or adult) lucky enough to receive it. If you have an excess of Tootsie Rolls, the brown and orange color scheme make it a perfect autumn wreath to hang up every year. 

And if you still have leftovers, put some aside for a pinata at the next birthday party you throw. Make little baggies of treats and keep them in your car for when you come across someone in need. Halloween candy is always best when it's shared.