Did you and your kids end up with too much halloween candy???
Here are 4 ways that you can make good use of that candy and not eat it!
Make a ginger bread house!
Gingerbread houses are fun, but they require a fair amount of work. They are good way to use up a lot of candy and express your creativity.
For a great recipe from Heidi at Happiness is Homemade. Click Here
Donate to the homeless population.
Local homeless Shelters are always in need of supplies. You might have to check and see if they are accepting candy. Due to it's lack of nutritional value some shelter might turn candy away after a certain point.
Here are four local homeless shelters: Portland Rescue Mission on Burnside, and at the Harbor, Transition Projects Willamette center, Shepard's Door and Day Break Shelter.
Donate the candy to the troops!
There are several organizations that accept candy donations and send them to troops deployed overseas. Operation gratitude, Soldier's Angels, Operation Shoebox, and Operation Stars and Stripes.
- Make Ornaments:
Holiday ornaments can be a great way to turn hard candies into pretty decorations. They can be placed in your windows, on your tree (if you do that), or given away as gifts. Here is a recipe.
- You will need to have metal cookie cutters, hard candies such as lollypops and lifesavers, vegetable spray, aluminum foil, cookie sheet and ribbon or yard to hang them.
The instructions are easy. Preheat oven to 350°. Place the aluminum foil in the cookie sheet, place the cookie cutters on the foil. Then spray the cookie cutters and aluminum foil with vegetable cooking spray. Fill the cookie cutters with a single layer of candy using as many as will fit. Be sure to think about your color patterns! Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until candies are melted.
Remove from oven and allow candy to cool about 2 minutes. While still in the cutter Make a hole in each with a chopstick or straw. Thread the ribbon or yarn through for hanging then continue cooling until the cutters can be handled. Carefully pull cutters away from ornament.