7 Creative Ways to Reuse Leftover Candy

November 2, 2016

Halloween is finally behind us and the agonizing is over. No longer do we need to decide which costume to wear or how to decorate the house.

But there's one thing people always forget to plan for: the candy hangover. What on earth should be done with all of the leftover candy? Well, we’ve got some fun ideas for you. Keep in mind, these are great for any time of the year when you have extra candy lying around (Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah... wow there are a lot of holidays involving candy!)

Coffee Pairings
If you’re lucky, you have a ton of chocolate left over. Chocolate is one of the most popular candies in the world and fortunately it pairs nicely with a hot cup of joe. Kit Kats, Almond Joys, and Justin’s Peanut Butter cups are great with a great dark roast. We like Illy.

Wine Pairings
Let’s be honest, any leftover chocolate bars will pair just as nicely with a lovely glass of wine. Treat yo’ self when you get home from work on Friday and relax with a glass of wine, a Mounds bar that somehow escaped a child's clutches, and a great show. If you haven’t discovered Stranger Things on Netflix yet, now is the time.

Get Creative
There is nothing better, more rewarding and easier than having a potluck party. Invite friends over make a night of it. Ask the crew to bring over coloring books. If you have a billion left over candy corn and can’t imagine eating another piece, Pinterest has some amazing ideas for you. It’s honestly unbelievable how many amazing things you can create with candy corn. We also like the holiday door wreaths.

Gift It!
Pluck through your leftovers and group the best candies together. Then, the next time you visit friends with kids, bring a cute little gift bag with a funny card acknowledging you’re their kid's favorite house guest. Or, create a bag of your friend’s favorite candies and give it to them with a bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s.

Put your favorite candies in a cute mason jar, tie a ribbon around it, and boom, you’re an incredibly thoughtful house guest.

Pay it Forward
You might not think of Halloween Candy as an item to donate to our military troops, homeless shelters, or other charitable organizations. Sometimes people forget that people in tough situations would enjoy receiving items that will lift their mood. Candy is definitely one of the items that people enjoy receiving when they are having a down day. In Denver, we like Warren Village.

Keep It
Instead of giving candy away, keep it. Let’s be honest, a lot of us enjoy coming home from work and indulging in a piece (or several) of our favorite candy and since most people buy the candy they enjoy eating the most, you probably have a nice surplus of your childhood favorites.

You can also bring out your leftover candy and place it in cute decorative bowls around your home. People will naturally gravitate towards the bowls, and if you’re lucky, there'll be a couple of guests who'll empty the candy into their purses and take it off your hands.

Go Back to School
Use the different types of candy you have left to do experiments with your kids. There are numerous websites that have tons of candy experiments where you can create homemade volcanoes, experiment with velocity, measure density, or even turn skittles into a neat rainbow decoration. Steve Spangler, who many Coloradans will know from his entertaining appearances on local TV, even has a full list of experiments with candy. Great candies to experiment with include: Pop rocks, Mentos, sugar, sugary drinks, and sodas.

It’s amazing how many ways there are to re-purpose a simple piece of candy. What's your favorite trick for the leftover treats?