Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
I find the “problem” of left over Halloween candy as much of a “problem” as left over pizza. First of all, neither really exists in our house. Secondly I don’t consider left overs problematic. The way some people talk, you’d think having a surplus of goodies is akin to having too many zucchinis. Not even close to the same thing! The one “rule” I follow is to purchase candy that we like. For us that means C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E. No Skittles, Starburst, Gobstoppers, Good N’ Plenty, etc. Ick.
Donna Freedman, great that you’re frugal. Nothing wrong with that. But seriously????!!!! Just the opening paragraphs of her article were enough to make me shake my head in disbelief:
The most frugal way to deal with leftover Halloween candy? Avoid having it in the first place.
Base your purchase on how much you gave away last year, plus one extra bag just in case. Then observe these steps:
- Save all receipts.
- Open one bag at a time.
- Hand the candy out yourself, one or two pieces per child.
- Return all unopened bags the next day.
Depending on where you shop, the option of returning candy might not even exist. “One or two pieces per child?” Sorry, if I’m hit with a particularly cute kid, they get extra treats! And I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night… I’m supposed to remember how much candy I gave away one year ago? I can’t argue with sending extra sweets to deployed soldiers but that’s about the only thing in her article that makes sense.
Instead of treating left over Halloween candy like it’s left over liver and onions, may I suggest a tastier approach? It’s astounding how many recipes exist in the blogosphere for baking with left over candy. This one round-up yields 30 different ideas and has given me several new baking blogs to read.
Making treats from other treats? Definitely a Culinary Yes-Yes.