Mom in Training: Announcing the 2014 Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

September 26, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Halloween Candy Buy Back Program


Do your kids get an over abundance of candy at Halloween festivities and Trick-r-Treating? I know mine sure do, and I just cringe at the thought of them eating it all. Thankfully my kids don't overindulge when it comes to sweets. But just to be safe I don't like to leave the temptation laying around. Sometimes I take some of their candy and use it in a recipe, and sometimes I donate it or give it to someone requesting candy for prizes. We even participated in a Halloween Candy Buy Back program at our dentist office one year. I think that was actually my daughter's favorite use of her candy. She was so excited about where he candy was going and her reward for the donation.

About the program:
Why not save your children’s teeth and help a good cause? The annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program is back to shine for another year. In 2005, the organization was founded as a way to get kids’ excess Halloween candy “off the streets.” The program has since teamed up with Spry and Operation Gratitude; together they will partner with dentist offices nationwide to collect children’s Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas along with toothbrushes and necessary oral care items. This simple act of kindness not only gives soldiers a “Halloween away from home,” but it enables children to exchange their Halloween candy and receive a token in return, whether it be a new toothbrush, a dollar per pound of candy exchanged, or other small prizes provided by participating dental practices.

For the first time, this year the Halloween Candy Buy Back program will be sponsored by Spry Dental Defense System. Spry products, which include gums, mints and other oral care products, utilize the ingredient xylitol, which is a naturally-occurring sugar alternative that has amazing dental health benefits. This year, Spry will be teaming up with participating dental practices to offer their healthy Halloween treats and other oral care products to give children as an incentive in exchange for their extra Halloween candy.

We've been enjoying Spry products for a few years now and I can honestly say it wasn't hard to get the kids to choose them instead of the super sugary alternatives. Their candies and gum we have had all have a great flavor and don't leave any sort of aftertaste like some sugar alternatives do.

Make sure you visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back program page and use the zip code locator to find out where your nearest buy back location will be this Halloween!

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