“Yay! This is the house with the full-sized candy bars!”
In our neighborhood, we average about 30 or 40 trick-or-treaters each year. It used to be more like 70, but alas, so many of the kids have grown and moved on to college or their own places. However, I still prepare for 70 kids each year.
And yes, they each get to pick one full-sized candy bar. Because the math supports it.
When I was buying fun-sized candy bars…wait, who named these itty bitty tiny things fun-sized, anyway? They’re too small to be “fun!” But back to the math. I found that I was allowing each kid to take two or three small treats. Therefore, I was purchasing eight or nine bags of candy, and with each bag at $4 or $5, well, I was into nearly $40.
One year, the local grocery store offered boxes of 18 full-sized candy bars for $10, so I bought 72 bars for $40. And this year, Costco (remember that new Visa?!) had boxes of 36 bars for $18. FIFTY CENTS per serving! I know what you’re thinking. “You’re still spending $40 each year on candy. It doesn’t matter!”
Tell that to the kids with the big smiles on their faces when they see those full-sized bars. I make it worth the effort to hike back my 300-foot driveway. Plus, I’m now a neighborhood legend, as we are the ONLY house out of 30 or so in our development that gives out full-sized bars. And I hope I’m buying some goodwill when they all become teens and want to smash in mailboxes on Halloween instead of trick-or-treating.
Yes, I still buy enough candy for 70 kids. We won’t mention the effect on my cholesterol or weight, okay?