This past weekend was a whirlwind of Halloween events in Dallas that ended up with the culmination of every child’s favorite activity, Trick or Treating. As Sunday, Novemer 1 came and went and all the good candy was about destroyed, I was wondering how I could get rid of the leftover candy. I typically dump candy or just bring it to work for hungry coworkers but I was thinking of ways to get rid of the candy.
Yesterday I made a trifle with some leftover Halloween cake and sprinkled some candy on the top.
I also thought about creating a candy pizza like the one they did at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company this past weekend.
Other ways to use the old Halloween candy is to freeze them for later, fold them into ice cream or yogurt or bake them into cookies.
Another way to get rid of unwanted Halloween candy is to donate to Operation Gratitude to create care packages for the troops.
Or by following this link: halloweencandybuyback.com What’s great about this program is that you can also donate new toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss which I will gladly be shipping to the program along with the candy.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trivia
Americans buy roughly 600 million pounds of candy a year to celebrate Halloween.
The week of Halloween, an incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold – even more than the weeks leading into Easter and Valentine’s Day. 1
Candy Corn is the highest selling candy, with Americans purchasing more than 20 million pounds every year. 2
Favorite treats to receive while trick-or-treating? 84% of kids say gum and candy. 3
Many kids know that candy can cause cavities. 42% say they are worried about getting cavities from too much Halloween candy. 4
There are roughly 41 million trick-or-treaters across the U.S. 5
Sweets that are chewy and sticky can get stuck between teeth, leading to tooth decay. 6
Caramel sticks to teeth longer than other foods, causing more damage. 7
A whopping 73% of kids ages 2-5 will eat candy on Halloween.
The highest consumption rate is among 6-8 year olds, 87% of which eat candy on Halloween. 8
Every year, Great Expressions Dental Centers orthodontists see an increase in broken brackets the day after Halloween from kids eating candies like caramel and taffy.
Giveaway for a year’s supply of dental products
I’m proud to have my readers enter a giveaway from Great Expressions Dental Centers(GEDC) for a year’s supply of floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. I got some too and I donated mine to Operation Gratitude.
To enter, just input info in the app below:
1 U.S. Consumers Say Boo to Store Brand Candy on Halloween. (2009, October 15). Nielsen. Retrieved from: http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2009/u-s-consumers-say-boo-to-store-brand-candy-on-halloween.html
2 CandyNOMics. (2011, October 25). Daily Infographic. Retrieved from: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/candynomics-infographic
3 Freaky Fun Facts about Halloween Candy. NYMetroParents. Retrieved from: http://www.nymetroparents.com/article/Freaky-Fun-Facts-about-Halloween-Candy
4 Halloween Consumer Study. (2012). Information Solutions Group. Retrieved from: http://www.infosolutionsgroup.com/HalloweenConsumerStudy_Children.pdf
5 Halloween. (2013, September 10). U.S. Census Bureau News. Retrieved from:
6 The Best (and Worst) Candy for Your Teeth. (2012, January). Know Your Teeth. Retrieved from: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=t&iid=315&aid=10018
7 Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth. (2013, May 2). ABC News. Retrieved from: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/best-worst-foods-teeth/story?id=19085884#2
8 Scary Amount of Candy will be Consumed on Halloween. (2013, October 29). USA Today. Retrieved from: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/29/halloween-candy-consumption/3189537/.