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November 7, 2011

In sugar shock? 5 things to do with leftover Halloween candy

When Halloween is over and your kids are still candy-eating zombies, you may want to get the sugary temptations out of their sight (and yours.) So what do you do with the leftover treats? Here are some ideas.

Freeze it: Candy, especially chocolate, keeps well in the freezer. And by stashing the treats mostly out of sight, you’re removing temptation. You can break it out again in a few weeks when everyone's blood sugar levels have returned to normal.

Donate it: Nursing homes, doctor’s offices, women’s shelters and even the troops overseas may appreciate your sweet treats. Just be sure to call ahead and find out if they accept candy donations. Operation Gratitude accepts donations of certain candies and will arrange to send them to members of the armed forces.

Cook with it: A lot of the candy that makes its way home from Halloween activities is perfect for baking over the winter holidays. Find a fun cookie recipe to use up those Hershey Kisses and peanut butter cups. Click here for some creative ideas.

Craft with it: Leftover Tootsie Rolls and M&Ms make for great gingerbread house decorations. Or use the candy to make holiday mosaics, wreaths or Christmas tree ornaments.

Make your co-workers eat it: Bring a bucket of leftover candy to the office and watch it disappear in a flash. Your co-workers will think you’re doing something nice for them, and you'll get the sugary excess out of your house. It’s a win-win.

Information from wisebread.com and mnn.com.

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