The buildup to Halloween can be pretty exciting for both kids and adults. But with trick-or-treating comes the overflow of candy. What to do with all that sweet stuff? We’ve got the answer with these 20 ways to reuse leftover Halloween candy.
1. Decorate a phone case.
Up-cycle the case you have, or buy a cheap, clear case. Smaller candy pieces will last longer and stay intact. Use ModPodge and shellac to keep it all together. This creative idea will have you standing out long after Halloween is over.
2. Add leftover candy to cookie dough.
Make your own or take the easy road by adding candy to store-bought cookie dough. Use any leftovers—from M&M’s, to chopped-up Snickers, to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
3. Transform skittles into glossy paint.
Separate candy by color into cups and cover with corn syrup. Wait several hours for the skittles to melt and turn into thick paint in the prettiest colors. They smell great, too.
4. Create fruit kabobs with Halloween candy.
5. Use cookie cutters to turn hard candy into custom candy.
To get these custom candies, you’ll need some leftover Jolly Ranchers and a hammer to smash them with. Spray a foil-line baking sheet and the insides of cookie cutters. Then drop the smashed candy inside each and set in a 350-degree oven for about five minutes or until fully melted. Allow to cool, and pop your candies right out.
6. Make candy corn candles.
Fill different glassware with candy corn and top off with tea lights or candles. This is a great look for Thanksgiving!
7. Make trail mix with Halloween candy.
Add M&M’s and chopped Hershey’s bars with pretzels, dried fruit, and nuts for a delicious snack on the go.
8. Pour vinegar over hard candy to learn about erosion.
Leftover candy like SweetTarts and Smarties work great for an experiment like this. Make sure to crush the edges to quicken the process. The kids will love watching this as much as they love eating the candy.
9. Decorate a gingerbread house.
Use Nerds to make a cobblestone walkway, Snickers as benches, and M&M’s for shingles covered in frosting.
10. Put candy into Popsicle molds, fill with lemonade, and freeze.
Pretty much any candy will work for this delicious Popsicle recipe—from candied fruit wedges and jelly beans, to gummy bears and licorice sticks.
11. Send care packages to our troops.
Organizations like Operationshoebox.com and Any Soldier send care packages to troops overseas. Operation Shoebox will take your individually wrapped candies all year long. With Any Soldier you can decide which branch of the armed forces you want to support: Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines.
12. Enlist in a Halloween candy buy-back.
Kids can trade in their candy for cash or prizes at local dentists’ offices and other businesses. The candy is then sent to our troops. Check here for a participating dentist or business near you.
13. Or, send candy to a college student.
With Halloween ending just prior to the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, send a package of Halloween candy to a college student as they prepare for finals. Add in other goodies like soup packets, vitamins, and new toothbrushes.
14. Indulge in Halloween jungle juice using hard candy.
This one goes out to the adults. Using Jolly Ranchers, Gummi Bears, Butterscotch, Starburst, and Twizzlers, separate each so you get pretty colors. Mix 1 cup candy with 2 cups vodka in a glass jar with a lid. Shake occasionally over a 24- to 48-hour period so the candy dissolves. Enjoy.
15. Stuff a piñata with your leftover candy.
This is a great way to reuse your candy, especially if there’s an upcoming birthday or any other celebration.
16. Drop candy into warm water and watch letters float.
Try this experiment with your young kids using leftover M&M’s, Skittles, or jelly beans. Drop the candy logo side up, wait a few minutes, then look for floating letters. The white letters are printed with an edible ink that doesn’t dissolve in water.
17. Make a candy corn milkshake.
This tasty shake requires almond milk ice cream, almond milk, candy corn, and the option of adding pumpkin and banana. It might not be an alternative to a sugar treat, but it sure is good.
18. Make candy necklaces with nylon fishing line.
Make candy necklaces by stringing candy together with a medium sewing needle and nylon fishing line.
19. Take leftover Halloween candy to work with you.
This is by far the easiest way to get rid of all that Halloween candy. Leave it in a bowl on your desk and instantly make new friends.