Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Research and Extension Rapid Response Coordinator, who spends her days answering questions about food and food safety, also has some practical ideas about managing the plethora of ghoulish goodies.
Put the candy in perspective. It's not advisable to eat too much of any food, says Blakeslee, who offered this advice for parents:
"There was a time when homemade cookies or a caramel apple would have been welcomed as a Halloween treat. Since many people are not well acquainted with their neighbors, it may be best to discard homemade foods," she says.
A familiar food safety rule applies: When in doubt, throw it out.
Incorporating holiday candy as a dessert or occasional treat over several weeks can spread out the candy and the calories, and also extend the holiday mood, she says.
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