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A dietitian’s Top 5 Things to Do with Leftover Easter Candy including ways to freeze it, share it, donate it, and enjoy it.
5 Things to Do with Leftover Easter Candy
I say having all of the candy in the house is scary because I will eat every last piece, literally. This is why I cannot have large amounts of candy in the house.
Easter should be fun for both kids and adults and include candy – after all, without candy, Easter just wouldn’t be the same.
BUT – you don’t have to let one day of indulgence carry over for weeks or even months in your house. It is important to be open and honest with your kids about the plan for all of that candy prior to Easter.
Take this time as an opportunity to talk with them about portion control and why having a little candy is OK, but too much may cause health problems.
Talk with them about what other options they have, such as donating the candy to those who need it more, like your local food pantry, and why donating food is important.
Top 5 Things to Do with Leftover Easter Candy
- Pick 3-5 pieces you really would like to keep. Or let your child pick 5-10 pieces they would really like to keep. Deprivation leads to overindulgence. My suggestion is to pick 5-10 of your favorite items to keep. Enjoy one or two pieces a day until the Easter memories have faded and you’re settled back into your normal routine. *This works great for both children and adults alike.
- Freeze the rest of the candy if you aren’t able to part with it. Tuck the frozen candy away, deep, deep down in the very back part of the freezer. When the candy is harder to access – you will be much less likely to mindlessly eat it. Then you will have a nice little surprise someday when you really just need a piece of chocolate to get you through the day. Freezing the candy can also help to keep you from inhaling it all at once! If you have children you can also use the freezer candy as a nice surprise treat to throw in their lunch box every once in a while.
- Collect and donate it. If you don’t want that candy to go to waste – but also do not want to keep it in your house – give it to someone who might appreciate it. I know that both my father-in-law and my sweet Grandma June would enjoy some candy, so I plan to give most of it away. It is always better to give than to receive. Don’t have anyone you know who may enjoy the candy? Call your local nursing home or food pantry to see if they will accept your donation.
- Throw it out!
If you think that you will be able to stand the temptation of knowing there is candy in your freezer, the best solution is to just get rid of it! If you can part ways – just throw it out and save yourself the future temptation. If you do not like to waste food, see option #3.
- My Number 1 Rule for Left Over Easter Candy? Out of Sight Out of Mind! In my family I know that Chef Phil will not be getting rid of any type of candy (ever), which is fine, he shouldn’t have to! But I have kindly asked him to hide it. That way I won’t be tempted to eat a piece every time I see it sitting on the dining room table or whenever I open the pantry door. It is a win-win for everyone. He gets to keep his candy, and I am not tempted to eat it.
And I hope this helps you to have an open and honest conversation with your children about why some foods are better than others, why we eat more of certain kind of foods than others, and what a healthy option is.
And remember, deprivation leads to over indulgence. If you make candy out to be a ‘bad food’, overly restrict it, or use it as a reward – you are walking a fine line creating an unhealthy relationship between your child and food.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with family and friends, here are a few snapshots from our fun day!