Halloween will soon be upon us, so it’s time to come up with a game plan.
For the kids, that means mapping out their route for trick-or-treating, making sure to hit the houses that give out full-sized candy bars and avoid the ones that give out spare change — seriously, there was a guy in our neighborhood who did this. What, was I supposed to go buy my own candy with those nickels and pennies?
For parents, there’s a whole different issue: What are you doing to do with all of that candy after the kids get home?
Granted, you could just let your kids eat it all, which is what my mom always did (though I never ate every piece, because there were always kinds I didn’t like in that pile of sugar). Or you could buy it from your kids, give them a certain amount of money per pound to turn over their sweet stash ... but then, of course, the candy becomes your problem instead of theirs.
It doesn’t have to be a problem, though. In fact, this time of year is great for people with a little kitchen creativity — heck, I’ve been known to purposely seek out half-priced candy on the day after Halloween (or Christmas, or Easter) to stock my pantry.