It occurred to me this morning, as the trash was getting set out on the curb, how much candy gets thrown out a few days after Halloween is over by desperate parents. Can you imagine all of the sugar and high fructose corn syrup that is getting thrown into the world-wide landfills at this very moment?



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  1. I am using the fine art of rationing. My six year old can count. She gets five pieces and that is all. It will take time to get through it, but she won’t gorge in one sitting, and she practices self-control and following instructions. If she does not show self-control or follow instructions then five pieces will drop down to zero. I try to avoid being desperate, that is when I make mistakes that my developing offspring can capitalize on.

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  2. I did a community service project at our local food bank right after Halloween last year and was surprised that we had to toss out most of the donated (unopened) bags of candy. I guess chocolate molds quickly and they can’t take the risk.

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  3. Yes I can. That being said, when I was a child and we went trick or treating back in the 40’s and 50’s we used to be given money. Pennies mostly, some nickels and occasionally a dime. With four of my siblings and myself we collected quite a bit of change. When someone would give us an apple or a piece of candy we were not allowed to eat it. We had to give it to our mom and proceeded to discard it for fear there was something in it that would harm us. When and who changed all this???? I think giving a bit of money is better.

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  4. We didn’t have a lot of kids show up at our house. And, of course we over-estimated when we bought the candy. I found myself wondering how the next batch of kids would react if I offered them a whole unopened bag of candy.

    I wound up taking three whole bags to work for my co-workers.

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  5. Our kids aways ate and arranged the candy in groups on returning from trick or treating. We all shared it and after that, they never paid mush attention to the leftovers. I sometimes put it out if company came over. Other kids were more interested in it than our own. They each ate their favorites and left the rest. Our candy got lost in the pantry and eventually I tossed it after it took up room for many months.

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  6. I’ve thought about that, too. Now that we know sugar and artificial colors, etc. are poison, some parents don’t let their kids even go trick or treating, distracting them with parties and wholesome food. But that is rare. The thrill is in the costume and the hunt, and who gets the most. Even if it is thrown away later, a huge waste.
    When I was a kid, (AGES ago) I lived in a small town so I never got a big haul. I would eat one piece after school every day to make it last to Christmas, the next candy holiday. Same for Valentines and Easter. The rest of the year, was like wandering in the desert. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Back when my kids were little, sadly very few pieces of candy went to the landfill. I mean, what kind of parent would I have been if I didn’t do a “quality check” to ensure they wouldn’t get poisoned? πŸ˜‰ Little did I realize how much poison I ingested. 🀒

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  8. I’m weak. My sweet tooth would be appalled at the idea of throwing away perfectly *good* candy. I’m grateful that this year we had many more trick-or-treaters than usual and all our candy is now gone. Having said that, I still ate more than my fair share :/

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  9. we always donated it to be sent to “the troops” which i felt a little bad about poisoning our armed forces…but i guess they live a pretty precarious life anyway. high frucose corn syrup and red dye #5 are probably the least of their worries.

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