Do you remember that commercial for Frosted Mini Wheats with the little girl who loved the frosted side and her grown-up self who loved the healthy wheat side? That’s me with the great Halloween candy dilemma. The chocolate loving kid in me wants to dive into the abundance of Halloween candy until my sweet-tooth is satiated, but the grown-up side of me knows it’s not healthy, for me or my three kids.
I’ve tried rationing it, but you know as well as I do, that while I ration it for the kids, it’s too easy to sneak it for myself. (It’s in the parents’ handbook that it’s totally okay to tax Halloween, don’t you know?) But since I’ve been working for the past 5 months to lose weight, I don’t want it in the house tempting me when my willpower is weak, and I know too much of a good thing isn’t good for my kiddos either.
What do you do with all that extra candy, when all the fun and hoopla of Halloween is over and your kids are in a candy coma from their sugar crash?
There are some good ideas in this post on making the most of your leftover halloween candy, like sending it to the office or baking it into some kind of a tempting treat. Great ideas for some people, but working here at FatWallet is like working in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory when it comes to the available amount of goodies. I don’t need MORE temptations here. 🙂
One of the suggestions in that post was to donate your candy. After a few minutes searching the web, I found out that a bunch of dentists will buy back candy from kids and donate it to soldiers. They partner with various local businesses to offer cash, toothbrushes, coupons for local goods and services in exchange for the candy, which they send to soldiers overseas through Operation Gratitude.
What a fun idea. There are other groups that send Halloween candy care packages to troops as well; Operation Shoebox, and Soldier’s Angels.
If you’re left with a bunch of extra candy you don’t know what to do with, check with your dentist to see if he participates in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. If not, here are the addresses so you can join in the fun yourself!
Addresses for Halloween Candy Care Packages for Troops
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard Halloween Candy 17330 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91406 Attn: Rich Hernandez Phone: 262-674-7281 (262-OPGRAT-1) Operation Shoebox 8360 East Highway 25 Belleview. Fl. 34420 Soldiers’ Angels 145 N Sierra Madre Blvd. Suite 5 Pasadena, Ca 91104
Halloween Cash Back Resources
Additional Halloween Resources