Are you going to be ready for trick-or-treaters to show up at your house this weekend? Do you want to avoid leftover candy? Are you afraid of running out before the children head home? Considering rising prices and supply chain issues, you want to prepare properly. Candy Industry has an online “calculator” that doesn’t really calculate for you, but shows you how to do the math. The basic formula is time x kids x generosity. But there are confounding factors to consider.
The first confounding factor is the number of days between purchasing candy and trick-or-treat night (which may vary by community). You need to do the math to figure out how much will be eaten by the household ahead of time. This is where I tell the story about that year I bought a bag of miniature Snickers and the dog ate every one of them, including the wrappers. All that was left was the chewed-up plastic bag (the dog was fine).
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Another confounding factor is the kind of candy you buy. Your favorite chocolate may not be what little kids crave, and buying too much Sour Patch may leave you with candy you’ll never eat. Read about the different strategies for buying the proper amount of Halloween candy at Popular Mechanics. -via Fark