From chocolate bars, lollipops, gummies, and more, store shelves are lined with candy this month. The sales leading up to Halloween and especially the day after make it a good time to stock up for the whole year. Here are tips for how to save on Halloween candy and things you can do to make sure your stash lasts as long as possible.
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How to save on Halloween candy
Tip #1: You pay a premium for chocolate. Look for the best value on lollipops or other fruit-flavored candies.
Tip #2: Compare unit prices. Don’t assume the bulk bag of candy is a better deal.
Tip #3: Look for shopping incentives like “buy $20 worth of candy and get a $5 store gift certificate.”
Tip #4: The rock-bottom deals often have a limit of one or two bags. If you see a limit, it could be a sign that the deal is too good to pass up.
Tip #5: Candy deals are happening online, too. Buy bulk candy through websites like Oriental Trading and always look for a coupon code.
Tip #6: Vacuum seal candy that you don’t plan to use for a while.
Tip #7: Candy bars typically keep for about 10-12 months. After that it may still be safe to eat, but the texture and flavor may alter. If you decide to freeze bars, make sure to first put them in airtight freezer bags. Don’t plan to freeze chocolate for more than a couple of months.
Tip #8: Hard candies can be frozen for a longer amount of time without sacrificing quality.
Tip #9: Gummy candies will last about six months in the pantry if sealed. Once the package is opened they will start to harden, so store them in airtight containers. Plastic bags work well because you can such excess air out of them for a tight seal. Gummies do not freeze well.
Tip #10: Keep all candy in a cool, dark, and dry area. If you live in a hot, humid environment where temperatures are commonly in the 80s or above, it may be best to refrigerate.
Tip #11: Keep candies separated by type so the flavors don’t mix. Anything mint is especially potent and will turn everything in close contact minty.
Tip #12: Keep low moisture candies (hard candies) separate from candies that release moisture, like fudge.
If candy is not in your diet and you only want to buy for trick-or-treaters, follow this advice
Tip #13: Wait until the week of Halloween to shop. Otherwise, it will be too tempting to crack open the bag early and next thing you know, it’s half gone and you have to buy more.
Tip #14: If you find a deal that’s too good pass up, keep the bag sealed and hide it away on a high shelf.
Tip #15: You’re buying candy for trick-or-treaters, not yourself, so don’t feel like you have to buy your favorite. Instead, go with the best deal or what you have a coupon for.
Tip #16: Open candy bags one at a time. Any unused bags can likely be returned post-Halloween. Check your store’s policy beforehand, though.