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Dentists can save you from leftover candy

Nationwide program buys back Halloween candy and sends it to U.S. troops overseas.

By Teresa Mears Nov 1, 2010 10:57AM

It's the morning after, and reality has set in: What ARE you going to do with all that Halloween candy your kids brought home last night?


You certainly don't want them to eat that much candy. You can help out, of course, but it's way too early in the holiday season to sabotage your diet.


Your dentist may be able to help.


Dentists and orthodontists nationwide are paying $1 per pound for Halloween candy, which they will donate to troops overseas. Dates for this year's Halloween Candy Buyback vary by dentist. Some are collecting the candy today, Nov. 1, and others will be collecting all week. Some offices are scheduling special events, and lucky kids may even get a toothbrush or other freebies.


Some dental offices have found sponsors to cover the cost of buying the candy and shipping it to Operation Gratitude, which will send it to the troops. Other dentists are donating the cost of the candy buyback and shipping.

If you can't find a participating dentist near you, you can send candy directly to Operation Gratitude yourself. The organization also collects knitted scarves and hats, beef jerky, hot cereal packets, computer flash drives, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and mouthwash for service members.

Operation Gratitude is one of a number of organizations that collect items all year to send to U.S. troops overseas. Other organizations are Operation Care and Comfort, Treats for Troops and Any Soldier. Your local food pantry or homeless shelter may also appreciate a sweet donation.


You can, of course, save leftover Halloween candy for Christmas, use it in Advent calendars, dole it out to your kids a piece at a time (if you have the discipline to keep from eating it yourself) or use it in birthday party goodie bags. Regina Yunghans at The Kitchn has links to 10 recipes made with candy.


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