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:

  1. If your local food pantry or soup kitchen can use the candy, bag it up and send it on.
  2. Have S’mores for your next kids’ gathering, using leftover Peeps, leftover chocolates, and graham crackers.
  3. Repurpose jelly beans. Let preschoolers sort them by colors. Older kids can make bracelets with them using waxed floss and a plastic sewing needle.
  4. Pull out candy that is not specifically labeled or packaged for Easter and make goody bags for end of school year celebrations.
  5. 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.
  6. Play games with candy. There are tons of Minute to Win It and other games on Pinterest using candy, including Easter candy.
  7. Make candy bags for first time visiting kids, putting a flyer with all your service times and event information inside.
  8. Have an ice cream social and chop up your leftover chocolates to sprinkle on top.
  9. Fill a pinata and have fun breaking it open and watching the ensuing melee.
  10. 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.

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Joy Feemster is a 20-year veteran of children's ministries and is currently the Director of Christian Education at Neely's Creek Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her passion in life is pointing people to that "1 Thing" relationship with Jesus Christ (Luke 10:38-42).