Get Thee Behind Me, Halloween Candy!

It’s coming. In just 12 days and 3.5 hours (but who’s counting?)… Butterfinger. Milky Way. A Hershey’s kiss or two (or six). All the wonderful things that my son collects in his trick-or-treat bag will call to me as I work in my home office the week after Halloween.

Normally, I sneak a few pieces here and there, and it’s no big deal. I just don’t get on the scale until, uh, January. But this year I’ve lost 18 pounds since May (14.8 of it blogging over at, and I want to keep it OFF!

Happily, the good folks over at Keeping The Castle have some terrific suggestions for using all that excess Halloween candy that tends to hang around until Thanksgiving. Just a few of their great tips:

* Melt caramel squares to use as drizzle over apples, ice cream or cake.

* Instead of jam, put mini Reese’s cups in thumbprint cookies.

* Freeze the candy for use as decorations on gingerbread houses in December.

Of course, I realize that doing these things will fill my kitchen with caramel sauce, thumbprint cookies and gingerbread houses. But at least those are the sort of treats that I tend to make with Matt to share with friends and neighbors. Sneaking Halloween candy at 1 p.m. on a Thursday, while Matt is at school? That’s a solo act of taste buds over common sense.

OK, twist my arm. Bring on the thumbprint cookies! Hey, I can freeze ‘em and be that much more ahead of the game when I get invited to a cookie-exchange party. (Hint, hint.)

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4 Responses to “Get Thee Behind Me, Halloween Candy!”

  1. Maricar says:

    Hi Kathy, thanks for the link! I try not to eat my children’s candy at all, but somehow it sort of sneaks its way into my hand. ;) I can relate to that January weigh-in, LOL.

  2. Shane says:

    You could do what my wife makes me do: a couple of days after Halloween (after she’s taken out what she wants), she has me take all the candy to work. It never lasts more than about two minutes once I put it out.
    Of course, my kids are too young yet to wonder where all that good stuff went…

  3. Kathy Sena says:

    Oh, Shane, I remember the candy that used to show up at work after Halloween. Talk about temptation! I didn’t have a kid to bring it home then, so I used to do some serious damage to the work candy stash…

  4. Kathy Sena says:

    Oh, by the way, Shane… It won’t be long until your kids will know you did something with the good stuff! :)