So Halloween is over and you've hung up your Swedish Chef hat, but what are you left with? A bag full of candy, a mouth full of cavities, and some Instagrams you don't remember taking, most likely. Well, a legion of dentists has decided to take matters into their own hands and has crafted what is, essentially, the response of the dental profession to Halloween: a candy buyback program. The Instagrams are another issue entirely.
Kids everywhere will dread the sound of it, but the truth is that the leftover Halloween candy season lasts for weeks after the actual holiday itself. So in lieu of having to tell kids the harsh truth about their teeth afterwards, 2,500 American dentists -- led by Chris Kammer of Wisconsin -- have decided to offer $1 per pound of candy that trick-or-treaters bring in to donate. And they're sending it to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude care packages.
Dentists everywhere rejoice for their young patients' teeth, and kids everywhere are unburdened by awful NECCO Wafers. Everyone wins (kinda)! You can locate your nearest participating dentist here.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and his years of hoarding old candy corn are finally going to pay off. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.