AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: October 30, 2012 | COMMENTS: 3 Comments
Tomorrow’s the big night and as much as I love trick-or-treating, the evening always ends with a giant dilema. How the heck am I going to keep my kids’ teeth from falling out from all the candy? Don’t get me wrong, I love Milky Ways and Almond Joys as much as the next person, but I don’t want my kids to eat all that sugar. What’s a mom to do?
In my mothering rookie years, I thought I had it figured out. I’d slowly but surely swipe their loot from their pumpkins, hiding it in the freezer for future use! Problem solved? Not exactly. Turns out that Mama needed someone to hide it from her. It’s amazing how appealing a frozen Snickers bar becomes come four o’clock in the afternoon. Chocolate is definitely a weakness for me!
I quickly realized I needed to get their takes out of the house and in an attempt to save my thighs speed was a critical factor. Over the years I’ve come up with a number of solutions to the candy pile problem. There is a process, though. The first is the hard part…seperating the child from the candy! Over the years, we’ve come up with a scheme. After trick-or-treating we have the kids sort their candy into two piles. One pile is the “good stuff”.
The other is the “could do without” pile. Obviously you can easily take the pile your child doesn’t want. The “good stuff” pile is a little trickier. What we do is count out twenty pieces to keep. The rest of it is placed in their candy bucket next to the fire place before bed. Then magically the Candy Goblin comes in the middle of the night to trade the candy for a treat. I’m not sure, but I think the Candy Goblin is bringing MK a Lalaloopsy doll this year.
Problem half solved.
Now what to do with the unwanted treats…
Solution # 1 – Sugar Up A Classroom!
Donate the candy to a teacher. Back when I used to teach middle school, I had a few moms send me their loot and I used it as treats during class. Since then, I’ve donated to teachers who have been very appreciative of the stock pile! Of course, make sure you ask first! Some don’t want it in their classrooms for the same reason you don’t want it in your house!
Solution #2 – Trade In with A Dentist
Many dentists do candy trade-ins where you bring them the candy and they offer either a discounted service, cash or a non-tooth-decay causing toy! In Northwest Ohio, Dr. Jon Frankel collects candy, offers a dollar a pound and then in coordination with an area Marine mother, ships the candy overseas to our troops! Now how great and easy is that? Not from northwest Ohio? Go to this website, type in your zip code and you will be pointed in the direction of a participating dentist near you!
Candy will be collected at Jon Frankel Dentistry at 5012 Talmadge Road, Toledo, Ohio the day after Halloween, Thursday, November 1st from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and 4359 Keystone Drive, Maumee, Ohio from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.