The thrill of trick or treating is one we can empathize with. We remember being children and wanting to collect as much candy as we possibly could (or would fit in our bags). Realistically, however, after mom and dad have “candy taxed” their children’s collection, most children can’t or won’t be able to eat all of the candy they collected. Many other candies are disliked by children and end up in the trash. Is there a better place that this candy can go to? We go over some great places you can donate your excess candy.

Operation Gratitude

Whether you’re collecting for a group, a business, or just want to donate candy yourself, Operation Gratitude has a “buyback” program in place to take excess candy off of your hands. The candy that is sent to them then gets sent to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders. What a great way to show your gratitude!

Soldiers’ Angels: Treat for Troops

Just like Operation Gratitude, Soldiers’ Angels collects candy for troops. Donations are even tax deductible, and children can even receive a prize for individual donations. If you’re a business, you can register to become a candy collection site. What a great way to show kindness and teach your children the power of giving!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

While the Ronald McDonald House accepts donations all year long, RMHC also accepts unopened candies after Halloween. Ronald McDonald House Charities involve many severely ill children and their parents through assistance with providing the medical care they need. RMHC works closely with hospitals, hotels, and more.

Bake Bake Bake

If you’re not interested in donating in this way or your candy is opened, you can also use many candies in your baking. Remember that cookies or brownies with M&Ms are oft-sought after treats. If you’re planning to partake in a bake sale, you can use these candies for many clever recipes to turn a small profit for your PTA or child’s school! Or, alternatively, you can also donate the treats!

Here’s some fun candy recycling recipes for you:

What have you decided to do with your excess Halloween candy? Let us know in the comments below!