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All. That. Candy. Some post-Halloween ideas about trick-or-trading the treats


Whether that superhero or princess went out with a plastic pumpkin, a paper bag, or a pillowcase, they likely hauled home more candy than they, um, need. This year, a growing number of organizations that are invested in children's health are offering to take the candy. They're calling it a buyback to, dare we say, sweeten the deal.

Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that supports U.S. soldiers serving overseas, has connected with a number of Minnesota medical and dental practitioners to get those goodies packed up and shipped off.

KARE 11 reports that the 11 Fairview Clinics are hosting a candy buyback. The clinics will pay kids $1 per pound for their unopened Halloween treats, with candy going to the troops. Fairview collected about 320 pounds of candy last year. The Austin Daily Herald reports the city's Elrod, Green and Hyland dental practice will also buy back Halloween candy at $1 a pound. The office plans to send toothbrushes along with the candy they send to the troops. This will be the fifth year for the buyback at Shamblott Family Dentistry in Hopkins. Children will get $1 a pound (up to $5) and receive a goody bag for their donations. Last year the office collected 725 pounds for the troops. BlendCentralMn, a health blog sponsored by CentraCare Health Foundation in the St. Cloud area, is promoting the 2nd annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event hosted by Sartell Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry. Same deal.

The Pioneer Press reports the Lake Elmo Library will trade candy for books. From Nov. 1-5, the library will let trick-or-treaters take their pick from a selection of books. Those goodies will go to the Armed Forces Service Center at the airport.

For those who prefer to hang on to the treats but want to change up the way they gorge, check out the Something Swanky Desserts website, which links to "50 Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy." The Kit Kat cookie bars look pretty irresistible. If you like that sort of thing. (Who doesn't?)

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