Law Offices of Paul Levin - December 2018

Ways to Use Leftover Candy During the Oh-So-Sweet Holiday Season

Sometimes we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves. Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your New Year’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1.

Here are a few ways to get rid of your leftover candy ASAP.

Donate it. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year. Bake with it. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy

bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level. Store it. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.


This month, the most cheerful of legends emerges from his wintry retreat at the North Pole and flies with his magnificent sleigh and reindeer to deliver presents to children all around the globe. To most people, the idea of Santa Claus sneaking in through their chimney with a heaping bag of gifts is the best thing to happen all year. But despite his noble intentions, the seemingly innocent old Saint Nicholas might not be that innocent after all. If “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” was a crime scene, which crimes would Santa be charged with? Breaking and Entering? One might think that Santa could be charged with burglary; however, this type of crime is defined as entering a home or building with the intent to commit a crime. Since Santa has never wreaked any havoc or caused mischief in years past, it’s unlikely that he will this year. While he won’t burgle, some homeowners might want to charge him with breaking and entering. Although Santa doesn’t “break” anything when he enters homes, a chimney is generally not designed for human access. In this way, he probably could be charged with criminal trespassing. Negligence? Because Santa and his nine reindeer use a roof as their landing zone, chances are that the combined weight of Saint Nick, his animals, the gifts,

and the sleigh is bound to do some damage. From the civil arena, if any damage occurs, Santa could be liable under a claim of negligence. DUI? While those of us in the states set out cookies and milk for Santa, families in other countries, like the

U.K., leave out mince pies and sherry to satisfy Saint Nick’s hunger pangs. According to the Office of National Statistics, there were 27.2 million households in the U.K. in 2017. Even if only half of the families in this single country left sherry out on Christmas Eve, it’s safe to say that Santa’s sleigh-flying ability would definitely be impaired. Even if police officers couldn’t fly high enough to issue him a Breathalyzer test, Santa’s rosy cheeks might give him away. All factors considered, Santa does many good deeds on Christmas Eve, and he has the best of intentions. So if he were sitting in front of a jury, chances are that he would be immediately acquitted of all charges.

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