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Halloween Candy - Checking & Controlling Consumption!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Do you have a strategy for candy after trick or treating? How much do you let the kids eat on Halloween and what do you do with the left overs?

One of my favorite videos of all time is from Jimmy Kimmel about Halloween Candy. Check it out and prepare to LOL: YouTube Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy

What about checking candy? An Alabama animal clinic is offering to x-ray candy for concerned parents. I wouldn't go that far but I do look at each piece before the kids rip into it.

What's your strategy?

laney0705 responded:
I let them have a few pieces on halloween (and i'm sure they sneak a few when i'm not looking) and then it all goes into one big bowl up in the cabinet and they can have 1-2 pieces a day.
EleanorAnne responded:
LOL - I love Jimmy Kimmel's videos like this one!

We are going to pick out some favorites and tomorrow taking the rest to our dentist for a candy buyback. They send it to the troops, the kids write a note and we get it out of the house!

Since we trick or treat in our own neighborhood and know everyone I don't worry about the candy.

Happy Halloween,
butterflygarden responded:
My son is older now, but I still manage the amount of candy he eats because he has IBS.

I allow him to choose a small bowl of his favorites and hand over the rest. Then, I dole out a bowl of candy daily until it is either gone or none of his favorites are left. The rest goes in the family candy jar.

We had a LOT more left over when all three of my kids were still trick or treating.

Have fun tonight everyone! Moms, don't forget to take care of yourselves, too!

kc_94920 responded:
I'll let them have a couple pieces tonight as we're trick or treating. Usually they don't even ask for more than 2 because simply having more than ONE makes them super excited--LOL!

Once we get home they'll weed through everything and seperate out the hard candy and taffy stuff that can't be eaten due to our orthodontics/missing teeth along with the things they don't like and bag it up to go to the Orthodontist on Friday. The ortho gives the kids $ per pound and last year they were quite pleased with the outcome.

The rest of the candy (usually almost all chocolate bars, peanut butter cups and candy corns) goes into our "treat basket" and will serve as dessert each night until it's gone.

I don't stress too much over inspection. Sure, I look at the packages but given we only hit one long neighborhood street and know every homeowner, it's pretty unlikely we'll ever encounter anything but sugar and coins (for Unicef).
KC~ Mady (10) Logan (7.5) and Coco (4.5)

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