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Ideas for Using Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween…the official holiday of sugar.  Thankfully, it’s a short holiday; but the candy your kids collect, plus the candy you have leftover could easily last a year.  So here are some ideas of what to do when you are faced with a stockpile of leftover Halloween candy.

  • Send the leftover Halloween candy to the men and women serving in our armed forces.  Operation Gratitude is an organization that does this.  Their web site has all the information you need to participate.
  • Have your child turn in their leftover Halloween candy at their dentist or orthodontist office.  A lot of them collect Halloween candy and will give their patients something in exchange.  Check with your dentist or go to www.halloweencandybuyback.com for more information.
  • Eat the leftover Halloween candy for breakfast.  (You read that correctly.)

Halloween candy for breakfast came from a tradition we started a few years ago for my girls birthday party – a pancake breakfast bar.  It’s a super easy and fun breakfast for kids and adults.  And since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, why not keep the sugar rush fun going through the next morning?

  1. Set up a buffet of toppings.
  2. Make your favorite pancake batter.  (Make a lot…you can freeze the extra pancakes!)
  3. Have a (responsible) adult man the griddle.  (I just read that.  It doesn’t have to be an adult man.  Just an adult who can man/oversee the griddle operation.  Women can also man a griddle.  I’m glad I cleared that up.)
  4. Have your breakfast guests add whatever ingredients they want to the pancakes as they are cooking.

Use leftover Halloween candy in a pancake topping bar

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The fun part is choosing the ingredients to mix-in from the Halloween candy bag.  Anything with chocolate or caramel will be great.  Cut up the candy bars into small pieces so they are easy to add to the pancakes.  Some of my favorites include:

  • Snickers® candy bars
  • Hershey®’s Milk Chocolate bars
  • Butterfinger® candy bars
  • M&Ms®
  • Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups

And you can add a few other toppings to compliment the candy:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed up graham crackers
  • Peanuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Shredded coconut
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Bananas
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Jelly (in a squeeze bottle)

Imagine all the possible combinations! S’mores style pancakes with chocolate, graham crackers and mini marshmallows. Or a tropical pancake with pineapple, coconut and mandarin oranges. Or a peanut butter and jelly pancake using Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups and the squeeze jelly. The possibilities are endless!

Top the pancakes off with real maple syrup or powdered sugar.  Serve with some milk and sausage (to pretend that it will help balance out the sugar).

Yum!

What leftover Halloween candy would you add?  Tell us in the Comments section below!

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