A reporter stopped me the day before Halloween to ask how I moderated my children’s Halloween Candy. I blundered through the interview with an incomplete answer. The interview ended. My first thought was, ‘why didn’t I tell him about the way we sort candy in our home?’
We freeze some, toss some, eat some, bake some and yes let our kids eat some too.
First, pick out the chocolate bars to use for baking later in the year. Kitchen Sink Butter-crunch Bars are fabulous and an easy recipe to adapt to what you have on hand. Freeze the chocolate bars for later. There are too many sweets in the house to bake just yet.
Take a moment to separate the M&M packets too. Open them up and pour them into a zip lock and freeze for cookies in the new year.
Next pick out the bright-colored candies to use for gingerbread houses or other Christmas treats.
Now it’s time to toss. There are some candies I don’t want my kids eating. Some are a choking hazard others have too many artificial ingredients. Just toss them out. Seriously. Where’s the harm?
Pick out the packets of pretzels, raisins or other healthier snacks. Tuck these into the pantry. Pull them out for road trips, park days, neighborhood walks etc.
I have no shame in admitting I pull out my favorite treats from the girl’s Halloween candy buckets. I made the costumes and went trick or treating too. Why not share the spoils?
Please don’t think I’m an evil nut. We cleared several gallon-sized zip-lock bags of candy away and still have more candy on hand than we should. The balance of the Halloween candy is for the kids to enjoy at our discretion.
The reporter asked me if the kids were aware of my tricks to remove Halloween candy from their buckets. Thanks to the interview, they do now. Here is the amazing part: They think it’s great. 4-year-old Sophie asked if she could help me sort the candy.
I believe, if you teach your kids good eating habits and ways to be resourceful in the kitchen there is no real harm in letting them enjoy a few extra pieces of Halloween Candy.