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Candy buyback program gears up for Halloween

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"My favorite holidays are Christmas and Halloween," said Nigel Wormser of Shelburne.

That's because with Halloween comes candy. And like many trick-or-treaters, Nigel will probably end up with too much of it. Good news though -- there's a way to turn that surplus sweet stuff into a little cash, while helping out charity; it's called the Halloween Candy Buy Back. "We give each child or parent a dollar per pound and we also make a matching donation to the Vermont Food Shelf for a dollar a pound," said Dr. Dan Ryan with Champlain Orthodontics.
Dr. Ryan's office has been offering the program for more than a decade.  Part of the reason is to reduce candy consumption -- and what's traded in gets donated. "One year we mailed over 200 pounds of candy to the folks over in Iraq and Afghanistan," Dr. Ryan said. This year the candy will be donated to the Vermont Respite House -- a home away from home for terminally ill people.

Nigel Wormser is willing to turn over his treats. "Yes, I think it's really cool," he said.

Reporter Nick Borelli: I'm shocked you say that. I thought you'd say never are you going to give up candy.

Nigel Wormser: Well, it's a good cause charity -- it is.

Reporter Nick Borelli: You're a good guy.

Ann Sikora is a mother of five. "I think it's a great program and I think there still should be a little amounts that kids can keep -- that's what Halloween is all about," she said.

This time of year there is all sorts of Halloween candy to go around -- from gummies, to chocolate -- but some are worse for your teeth than others. "Probably the worst candy for the teeth are the real sticky things and things that would get caught into the grooves of the teeth -- caramels, taffys, things like that," Dr. Ryan said. Candies that dissolve are a better option -- and yes, this includes chocolate.

Even though Nigel might donate some candy through the buyback program, he'll probably hold on tightly to his favorites. "I like sour candies," he said.

Halloween candy can be traded in at Champlain Orthodontics, starting this Friday.

  • Champlain Orthodontics Office in Williston November 1st-6th  (277 Blair Park Road. Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495)
  • Champlain Orthodontics Office in St. Albans November 5st-6th  (94 Main Street South. St Albans, VT 05478)
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