Having tons of leftover candy after events such as Easter egg hunts and festivals is always a problem. No one wants to throw away a boatload of candy that they just had to spend good money for, so consider these ideas for re-use:
- If your local food pantry or soup kitchen can use the candy, bag it up and send it on.
- Have S’mores for your next kids’ gathering, using leftover Peeps, leftover chocolates, and graham crackers.
- Repurpose jelly beans. Let preschoolers sort them by colors. Older kids can make bracelets with them using waxed floss and a plastic sewing needle.
- Pull out candy that is not specifically labeled or packaged for Easter and make goody bags for end of school year celebrations.
- Give your volunteers a chocolate fondue at your next meeting by melting down all your leftover chocolate. Bring strawberries, banana pieces, pound cake squares and pretzel rods for dipping.
- Play games with candy. There are tons of Minute to Win It and other games on Pinterest using candy, including Easter candy.
- Make candy bags for first time visiting kids, putting a flyer with all your service times and event information inside.
- Have an ice cream social and chop up your leftover chocolates to sprinkle on top.
- Fill a pinata and have fun breaking it open and watching the ensuing melee.
- Most importantly, create a chocolate stash for your office, for that mid-afternoon pick me up or when volunteers drop by.
These are some tricks I have used. If you have any clever ideas about using candy (leftover or otherwise), leave a comment below or on social media.