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Posted on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 4 p.m.

What to do with all that leftover Halloween candy?

By Jessica Webster


Too much candy corn? Try making candy corn truffles.

Photo by Flickr user jamalfanaian

Halloween has come and gone, but the candy lingers on. At our house, not only do we have much of the candy we purchased to hand out on Halloween evening, but our son brought home far more candy than he will ever be allowed to consume. What ever will we do with all this candy?

What we usually do every year is put it in a grocery bag, shove it in the pantry, and throw it away after about six months, but that seems unnecessarily wasteful. So this time, I'm investigating my options.

Where to drop off your leftover candy

Arbor Dental
    2301 Platt Road, Suite 200
      Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
        Phone: (734) 975-0500
              Urquiola Dental Center, P.C.
                2301 S Huron Parkway, Suite 1B
                  Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
                    Phone: (734) 973-7450
                        Food Gatherers
                          1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105
                            Phone: (734) 761-2796
                              Fax: (734) 930-0550
                                Donate it:

                                There are several options available for those looking to donate unopened Halloween candy. Food Gatherers is happy to receive your leftover Halloween candy at their 1 Carrot Way warehouse. Bring along some canned goods or other non-perishables too, and they will weigh it all on the spot and let you know how many people you will be feeding with your donation.

                                Two local dental practices are participating in Operation Gratitude's Candy Buy-Back Program. Arbor Dental and Urquiola Dental Center will buy back your child's Halloween candy and donate it to military support groups.

                                Bake with it:

                                I recently ran across a few intriguing recipes dreamed up by thrifty gourmands. Food Bloggers who write under the moniker Two Chicks From The Sticks have a recipe up for Trick and Treat Brownies. The brownies call for a cup of chopped, mixed chocolate bars.

                                You might want to try this Halloween Bark recipe, that makes good use of the candy corn your kids will never eat. But by far the most appetizing use of leftover candy corn comes in this Easy Chocolate Truffles recipe that calls for a cup of candy corn or Indian corn and looks remarkably... well... easy.

                                What's your favorite use for leftover Halloween candy? Post it in the comments section below.

                                Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery for You can reach her at


                                Jessica Webster

                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 7:11 p.m.

                                This just in from the First United Methodist Church at State and Huron in Ann Arbor: Got Candy? If you have leftover Halloween candy and don't wish to keep the tempting treats, you can share your surplus Halloween candy with our hungry and homeless neighbors via the LOVE Thy Neighbor Lunch Program. Candy will be collected through Nov. 14. A collection box is outside the church office downtown.


                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:34 p.m.

                                Mmmm candy corn

                                Sarah Rigg

                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:23 p.m.

                                There was a great community contributor post last year about using candy in experiments with your kids: <a href=""></a>


                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 3:17 a.m.

                                When I was a kid I made my last all year. Yeah, you heard me. A year. I only ate one piece a day, if that. Besides the binging on Halloween night of course. :)


                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:50 a.m.

                                Umm.... its only been two days, and you are already talking about recycling or giving the candy away??? Boy, I'm glad I don't live at your house :-)

                                Jessica Webster

                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

                                Ha! I've just learned from experience. We always end up with a ton of candy 4 months later, when there's Christmas stocking candy on top of it all and Easter candy coming down the pike. Might as well be practical.


                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

                                Our kids are 9.5 and 5. The first few days, they were VERY into their candy. Last night, neither of them wanted anything to do with it. It's time for this in our house, too!


                                Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

                                How about eating it? What are you all afraid of?

                                Jessica Webster

                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 7:14 p.m.

                                Candy doesn't scare me, but candy corn does. ;-)


                                Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 9:30 p.m.

                                First I would suggest buying Halloween candy that doesn't have Halloween decorated wraps and buying candy that you know you can repurpose if you get stuck with leftovers. Chocolate has a six month self life. It can also be frozen, just double bag it. YOu will then have it on hand for baking or if the urge for a snickers bar becomes great. For dinner parties you can put out a bowl of mints/hard candies for after dinner that were leftover from Halloween. Giving gifts, tie a candy bar in the bow. For Christmas use as stocking stuffers/decoratations for the tree. My mail carrier leaves dog biscuits for my dog, so I leave her candy (or cookies). Take it to work and put it in a basket for customers or employees. Tootsie rolls have a near indefinate shelf life, that is it won't kill you to eat a five year old tootsie-roll. to get candy out of your house without the kids throwing a fit, try telling them (early) that there is a candy fairy, the night before Thanksgiving she makes rounds to collect candy which she uses to build her house with. This fairy can leave some money or toy or book in its place.


                                Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:23 a.m.

                                I agree with @Tesla. Lying to your children should be done only under the most extraordinary circumstances. This certainly is not one of them.


                                Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 11:34 p.m.

                                Good grief. Lie to your kids instead of allowing them some candy? What is this world coming too.


                                Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 9:27 p.m.

                                Noodles &amp; Co. will exchange your Halloween candy for 1 FREE small bowl of pasta on Sunday Nov. 6th. Limit one bowl per child, the email said.


                                Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 8:30 p.m.

                                Thanks for the tips. We use to be able to return it to the grocery store with our receipt but they stopped allowing returns a few years ago.