I just learned a horrifying fact. There are people who throw away perfectly good candy!
I know, right?!
OK. I am 100% in favor of real food. We have gone (almost) 100% “no-GMO” in our house and even started our own organic garden. I don’t let my kids have foods with artificial colors or flavors. That said…
It’s not “food.” You
don’t shouldn’t eat it every day. And people (and by people, I mean me) spent good, hard earned money to buy that for your adorably costumed trick-or-treater!
Do NOT throw the candy away!
People worked to harvest that chocolate, the peanuts, the sugar cane, etc (not going into the human rights stuff. That’s a post for another day). Machines were run on fossil fuels to produce it. Trucks, trains and boats burned up gas to get it to the stores. And you’re going to use all of those resources (plus… did I mention the money that I spent on that ridiculously priced candy?) to take up space in your local landfill?!
On one thread I read someone commented, “I view candy as poison, and it is to be disposed of. (Most certainly not given to people I care about.)”
If that could have been you, all I can say is you need candy more than anyone I’ve ever met. And maybe a drink as well.
OK. So, throwing it away is not an option, right? But… still… no one wants to gain 40 lbs from late night noshing on their kids’ Halloween leftovers. How to get it out of the house?
Here are four ideas that will not only keep your waistline safe, but make our world just a little bit of a happier place as well:
1) Send it to the soldiers.Operation Gratitude will happily accept your donated Halloween candy and send it to the troops who, Lord knows, could use a few treats! Click the link to visit their page and get all the details.
2) Donate it to your local food pantry, homeless shelter or Knights of Columbus Christmas collection. I realize that candy has no nutritional value, but when life is at it’s worst, doesn’t a little chocolate feed the soul? And parents visiting food pantries are often thrilled to receive items they can stash away to be put in Christmas stockings.
3) Use it to bake some sweet treats and take them to a lonely neighbor, a senior center, a nursing home or any other place where people may be feeling forgotten. Here is a link to a ton of “use your candy” recipes. Here is a fabulous-looking cake recipe. Here’s another. Don’t just drop them off. Stay to share them and visit. After all, it really isn’t about the cookies and cakes.
4) Use your candy, along with some other items, to make up these “blessing bags.” Keep these in your car and the next time you see a homeless person you will have something truly helpful to share with them.
Do you have other ideas? Please share them in the comments!
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