Did your children dress up as Goblins and Ghosts, Princesses and Superheroes and come home with loads of candy?
Have you been deemed "The Candy Keeper" and you are the only one that holds the key (or can reach on top of the fridge) to the beloved candy bowl?
Are you now dealing with whining children begging you for a piece of candy every single minute of every single hour?
Then continue reading to get tips on what to do with all that candy and how to handle your new roll as "The Candy Keeper"!
I have given you three options that our family has tried over the years. The first option is fun and generous. The second option is my favorite. And the third option has its place and time!
Option 1: Donate or Trade
You can donate your candy to the troops overseas. Check out the Military Missions for packaging and mailing instructions. Operation Shoebox is another great resource.
To read more about how to donate your candy yourself please read here.
Operation Gratitude tells it all!
If you do not want to package and mail the candy yourself then check with your local health food store or dentist office. Many healthfood stores and dentist will trade your candy for a healthy treat or toy and they will mail it off for you to be donated!
We participated at Earth Fare a few years ago! My kids got a healthy treat as a trade off for their candy.
Donating the candy or trading it makes for a great lesson on "giving" and "sharing" with the upcoming holiday season! Not to mention once the candy is gone you will no longer need to be "The Candy Keeper"!
2. Separate and Dissipate (my personal favorite)
There are a few steps for Separating and Dissipating. If you follow the instructions below you will find when your candy is separated it begins to disappear much quicker and your job as "The Candy Keeper" will be over in no time.
Step One: Determine the trash
Remove all the candy you don't want your children eating and throw it away.
For me, this is typically anything too sticky that will end up on my furniture, tables, chairs and walls...or worse stuck in their teeth. Things like taffy. I also throw away the hard candy such as jolly ranchers and jaw breakers. Basically anything that can get lodged in the throat of a 2 year old. I include the "bubble gum" in my throw away pile as well. My kids LOVE gum, but this extra sugary bubble gum serves no purpose for me.
WARNING: You might feel a sense of guilt throwing it away.
Push through. You do not need to feel guilty.
If you have a compost pile in your back yard then these items will make great compost!
I am a mother of 4 small children. I am happiest when I am busiest and if the kids don't keep me busy enough I need projects to fill my days. I love Jesus and I love my family and I love the chaos around me for it brings the calm.