If you are like me, you struggle every Halloween. You get candy for the trick-or-treaters but eat it all before Halloween Day. So you go out and buy another bag or two and by Halloween night, you still have to ration the candy to one piece per kid! Ouch! What a lack of self control! Okay, I’ll admit I already dug in this year. But I’m really focused now and want to help all of you with the same guilt!!
I’ve learned a few tricks I will happily share with you. First, don’t buy the candy until last minute. The longer it sits around the more likely you are to eat it. I bet you are saying…”but then the selection isn’t as good!” But why should you care? It’s not for you…is it! HA gotcha!
Which brings us to our next tip…..don’t buy something you like. I LOVE chocolate so buying it for trick or treaters is like sticking bacon in front of a dog and telling him not to eat it. That dog will listen at first, but it won’t take long for him to start sneaking to take a bite! Pick something you aren’t fond of but that kids will like. I’m not a Tootsie Roll or lollipop fan so the bag will be safe until Halloween in my house. I know some people who buy granola bars, dried fruit snacks or popcorn snacks rather than candy. I commend the effort to not only giving out less sugar to the kids, but also minimize their own chances of eating it.
If you already bought your bags of candy, DON’T OPEN THEM! You say to yourself as you open a bag….”I’ll only have one piece”, but once the bag is open……..there it all goes!
Finally, once you’ve survived all the trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, what do you do with the left over candy? You want to be the good house and not run out of candy…right? ….Anyway, the best thing you can do with leftover candy is give it to someone else. There are local charities and stores that take leftover candy for the less fortunate. What a great thing to do! If you work, bringing it in to work is an easy way to get rid of it and make your co-workers happy. One year I had so much left over I stored it well and sprinkled it in gift bags of baked goods I hand out every Christmas to my neighbors and friends.
I hope these tricks result in your treaters getting more candy than you this Halloween!