When your little ones come home with overflowing Easter baskets, packed with Jelly Beans and chocolates of all kinds, it's often tempting to just chuck some of it in the trash. After all, no parent wants their kid gobbling down handfuls of candy every night over the course of the next few weeks, and there's just so much of it.
Believe it or not, there are a couple of ways to deal with all those sweets that will avoid unnecessary waste AND keep your children from tearing up when you cut off their sugar supply.
Bake a Candy Bar Pie
I know this sounds weird, but trust me, it's more fun (and delicious) than it sounds. I tried out this recipe from Crazy for Crust, and my little brothers were thrilled with the results. Sure, it doesn't exactly decrease the amount of sugar in the house, but it's a unique way to deal with the leftover treats. Plus, it's an interesting baking experience that you can share with the kids. If the pie doesn't sound like your thing, there are dozens of other candy-based recipes out there, so take your pick and try something special.
Chances are, you're going to end up buying candy in the future for some other reason, so why not have a stockpile in your freezer? You can add the frozen candy to milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, or even things you bake (like the pie mentioned above). It's a great way to save money and avoid throwing out sweets after everyone tires of the sugar rush.
Make a Batch of Trail Mix
Nothing makes kids happier to eat some nuts and raisins than if you add a dash of M&Ms or another favorite candy. Sure, they might pick around the healthier items in the mix, but hey, it's worth a shot, right?
If you really just don't want the candy in the house anymore, consider giving it to someone who would appreciate it. Churches, homeless shelters, schools, and plenty of other organizations are more than happy to accept unwanted treats. It might be a hassle to deliver the candy, but your conscience will feel much cleaner giving it away than dumping it in the garbage.
Do you do anything interesting with your leftover candy? Share ideas, recipes, or recommendations in the comments below!