Happy post-Halloween Monday, everyone! Melissa here, and I want to discuss one of the few holiday traditions that have survived since my childhood days, and that's The Epic Sorting of the Halloween Candy.
Nobody ever sat me down as a youngin' and helped me organize my loot, or even implied that I should. Even as a wee one, my OCD tendencies were alive and well, so dumping my candy onto the carpet and dividing the stash into subgroups was the natural thing to do.
I can vividly recall sitting in front of the TV watching The Dukes of Hazzard while organizing my candy and thinking, "It doesn't get any better than this." Now that I'm all grown up, I help my kids divide their candy into groups, such as:
1. Plain chocolate
2. Chocolate with nuts, caramel, crispies, etc.
3. Chewy candy
4. Hard candy
8. Powdered candy (Why doesn't anyone give out Pixie Sticks anymore?)
9. Extreme sours
10. Non-candy items such as pencils, bags of microwave popcorn, and dine-in only coupons to Frisch's Big Boy.
This year, the haul wasn't as diverse as usual, so we used fewer groups. Here's a "before" shot...
And here's the "after" shot. Keep in mind I was assisting a four-year-old who isn't as meticulous as his mother, so we slacked off a bit...