Avoid the Sugar Rush: How to Get Rid of the Halloween Candy

Halloween is officially over for the year, but is anyone else still haunted by the buckets of candy that now sit overflowing with chocolate and sugar on your kitchen table? There they sit, taunting our children who beg for “just one more piece” every 10 minutes. If you want to avoid some of the constant sugar highs, here are some alternatives to get the Halloween candy out of your house:

Leftover Candy from HalloweenEarn some cash at a Halloween candy buyback

Yes, there are people that will PAY for your candy. Maybe there is something special your kiddo is saving up for. If that’s the case, take them to one of these dentists that are willing to give them some money in exchange for candy! Make sure to note the dates and times of each location so you are there at the appropriate time for buybacks.

Cedar Rapids Smile Center
1260 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Monday, November 4 from 4-6 p.m.
$1/pound up to 5 pounds
They will also have goodie bags, balloon animals, and a face painter

Pollard Family Dentistry of Cedar Rapids
2335 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
October 28-November 7
$1/pound up to 5 pounds

Restoration Dental Center
1180 7th Ave, Marion, IA 52302
Monday, November 4 from 3-5 p.m.
$1/pound up to 5 pounds

Donate your leftover candy

You can give your kids a lesson in giving back and send candy in to Operation Gratitude by November 8. They use candy to send care packages to troops and veterans.

Bake with it!

A simple Pinterest search will bring up tons of ideas for using your piles of candy to make special cookies or brownies. Make a few batches and drop off a plate full of treats to your neighbors or grandparents.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Really, you can’t go wrong when you bake with candy!

Let us know if we’ve missed any options for taking care of that leftover candy. Happy November!


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Jessica is a mom of four (3 energetic boys and 1 baby girl) who recently moved back to Iowa after living eleven years in Phoenix, Arizona. She is loving life back in the mid-west with her kids and husband, Mark. Jessica is a former teacher and former co-owner of Scottsdale Moms who has spent time as a working mom, a work-from-home mom, and now a stay at home mom. She loves lattes, barre classes, books, champagne and people.