Friday, November 02, 2012 4S Food Halloween Treats Savor Share Sort Store What to do with all that Halloween Candies
4 Things To Do With All That Halloween Candies
Halloween Trick or Treat is over , now what to do with all that Halloween Candies? This is a ques...
Halloween Trick or Treat is over, now what to do with all that Halloween Candies? This is a question I've mastered to answer as years of Halloween Trick or Treat go by. Each year, we get more than four-pails-full of treats in just one day of Trick or Treat. Now here are some ideas which might help you decide what to do with these treats, unless you plan to eat all of them, then good for you, you won't have worries what to do.
Step 1: SORT.
Sorting the treats is the very first thing that I do when we arrive home. Sorting is good so you can identify which ones could be eaten by your older or younger children. By sorting the treats, you also discard right away those which are already opened or those that don't look safe to eat. I sort the treats into seven catergories.
- Hard Candies - I only let my older child eat hard candies moderately provided he drinks plenty of water, eats it after main meals and brushes his teeth right after.
- Soft Candies and Marshmallows - This category could be eaten by older and younger children again moderately.
- Jellies - This could be shared by both the older and younger children. For the younger one, I make sure the jellies are spoon fed to avoid choking. The jellies are slippery, if eaten without supervision, it could go straight down their throats and cause choking.
- Chocolates - I only let my older child eat chocolates but constantly remind him to drink plenty of water, brush his teeth afterwards and eat moderately. Too much chocolates could cause acidity, hyperactivity and Tonsillitis or sore throat.
- Biscuits - Both my older and younger children eat biscuits. These are always safe to eat.
- Beverages - Some establishments or sponsors give out drinks. Make sure you check the expiry dates to avoid upset stomachs.
- Non-Food - Anything that are non-edible or non-food is separated from the rest. These could be pens, vitamins/medicines, stickers, toys, and a lot more.
Now that you've sorted the treats, you would know better which are those that should be refrigerated and which could be placed in containers and stored at cupboards in room temperature. I usually refrigerate chocolates, jellies and beverages and leave the other treats in separate containers.
If your children have more than enough treats, this is a perfect time to teach them more about sharing. Sharing treats to other children like cousins or neighbors who weren't able to join any trick or treat feels really good. To share is to care! You not only did yourself and your kids a favor (by not eating too much sweets) you were also able to make other children happy. :)
Step 4: SAVOR.
Lastly, savor the treats, but again moderately. It is what the treats are for right? To be savored, to be enjoyed by (you and) your children. Constantly remind the children to eat these sweet treats after a full meal, to drink plenty of water and to brush their teeth afterwards.
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!
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