Leftover Halloween Candy? When In Doubt, Throw It Out!

We had a ton of rain in our area for Halloween this year.  The tricker treater traffic was about half of what it would be in a normal year.  You know what that means?  Leftover Halloweed candy.

Does this look like the mess you're left with?

Does this look like the mess you’re left with? Flickr photo by Rochelle just Rochelle

I don’t want to be the Scrooge of Halloween and certainly don’t want to be compared to the woman in Fargo, ND that said she planned to send a ‘fat’ letter home with overweight trick or treaters instead of a treat.  This helpful (ahem) letter suggested that the parents limit the amount of candy their children eat at Halloween. She argues that she is trying to be helpful.

There is a lot of candy purchased and consumed on Halloween. When it comes to leftover Halloween candy, the garbage is the best place for it. The actual moment when you release the candy into the garbage might be excruciatingly painful but after that you don’t ever have to think about it again.

What To Do? 

On the morning F.M. radio station that I listen to on the way to work the DJs were talking about a lady that takes leftover Halloween candy and freezes it.  A year later she pulls it out of the freezer and passes it out to the trick or treaters again. Everybody thought that was kind of icky.  But . . . . . what do you do with leftover Halloween candy?  It’s a problem!

Do The Math

We all know that when leftover candy is in the house our brain gets in that loop and we’re thinking about it every 30 seconds or so.   After we’ve thought about it every 30 seconds for an hour, we’ve figured out a way to justify eating it:  “If I only eat three of the mini Twix bars it’s only 151 calories. That amounts to nothing really.”

That might be okay for two days, but if you’ve got a boat load of candy and eat three pieces a day for a week, you’ve consumed 1,071 extra calories in candy which may very well keep you from losing that pound you’ve been working on.

Some people think the answer to the problem is to take it to the office and torture the co-workers with it.  Rather than working, they will be thinking about the candy every 30 seconds and deep down they will hate you for it.

Did You Know That:

  • Children on average receive between 3,700 and 7,000 calories worth of Halloween candy each year.
  • They would have to walk for 44 hours to burn off the extra calories
  • Approximately 17 percent of children ages 2-19 are obese; 31 percent are overweight or obese.

Throw It Out; Feed A Child?  Umm. No. 

I beg of you.  Throw it away and do not feel guilty about it. Despite what our mother’s may have told us, throwing away food that we don’t want or need does not have any impact on a child starving somewhere across the globe. To help a hungry child we can donate to mini Twix bars it’s only 151 calories, 3,700 and 7,000 calories, or Plan USA.

You can throw away the candy and still help feed a child.

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