If your child or children had a night like mine then you easily have 2-5 pounds of candy in your house right now. Obviously you don't want your child consuming that much candy, (and if we are being honest, you probably don't want to consume that much candy. Yes, I know the chocolate is tempting), so what do you do with all the leftover candy. Here are a few ways you can get rid of the stuff without having the kids scarf it all down in a week.

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    Turn It Into Dessert

    Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

    Peanut Butter Cups are the best Halloween Candy ever, so instead of having them sit around the house and sneak into your mouth, turn it into a tasty dessert that you can take to work and let your co-workers eat. It's out of your house and your co-workers love you.


    32 ounces cream cheese, softened

    1 cup sugar

    5 eggs, at room temperature

    1/4 cup cornstarch

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 cup whipping cream

    8 peanut butter cup candies (or 16 bite size)


    1 1/2 package graham crackers, crushed

    5 tablespoons butter, melted

    1/3 cup sugar


    Crust: Mix all ingredients and pat into a 10" spring form pan.

    Cake: Chop peanut butter cups. Cream the cheese until light. Add sugar and beat some more. Add eggs, one at a time and beat after each. Mix in cream, vanilla and cornstarch. Stir in candy.

    Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or so until outside edge is firm and middle is still soft. When the cake comes out of the oven run a knife around the edge.

    Cool for several hours then top with melted chocolate.

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    Donate Leftover Candy to the Troops

    One of our facebook friends Luan, is helping put together care packages for the troops this Christmas, with Care Boxes for the Troops. There is a drop off point at the People's Federal Credit Union located 7200 Hillside. Drop your leftover candy off before November 19th, and it will be used to sweeten the day of one of our dedicated soldiers.

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    Candy Buy Back Event

    Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry, 2455 I-40 W, will be having a candy buy back event on Thursday, November 3rd. from 3-6pm. For every pound of candy you bring in they will give you $2. So it is a chance for you make a little bit of money off that leftover candy. On second thought if you are taking your kids candy to the buy back you might give them the $2, it is their candy after all.

    Don't worry Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry won't be throwing all that candy away, they will be donating it to the troops as well.

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    Take it To Work

    Why not let your co-workers enjoy the leftover candy. It never fails, the day after Halloween mysterious bags of un-eaten candy appear in our break room. Why let the temptation of 1000's of calories tempt you and your kids at home. Treat your co-workers to the leftover chocolate, candy corn or Twizzlers out of the kids pumpkin pails.

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    Save The Candy for Christmas Gingerbread Houses

    Officially, or un-officially the Christmas season is upon us. One fun thing to do with the kids is build gingerbread houses. Why not store the leftover candy and have an outstanding candy gingerbread house to display. It's one less thing you will have to pay for when it comes to buying supplies for your gingerbread house, plus you'll already have a huge assortment of various candies.

    flickr/Carrie Stephens