Dentists Buy Back Halloween Candy

This morning, I quietly dumped all the leftover Halloween candy in the kitchen trash, then covered it with plastic bags so my husband wouldn’t see it and salvage it. But then, in my morning readings, I came across an option that would not feel so wasteful: A program by dentists to buy back Halloween candy and send it to troops overseas.

The Los Angeles Times offers this useful report:

Here’s how the nationwide program works: Dentists who have registered with the program pay $1 per pound of candy brought to their offices. Dates of the nationwide buyback vary, but some dentists are accepting candy until Friday. To find a participating dentist, go to the Halloween Candy Buy Back website and enter your ZIP Code.

I tried it for my Brookline zipcode and it gave me one dentist in Brookline and one in Arlington. So now my feelings are mixed: I’m glad not to have to waste the candy, but damn, now I have to go rooting in the trash. Also, should we be contributing to the decay of our troops’ teeth? On the other hand, goodness knows they deserve some treats…

Boo: Candy Recall Includes Raisinets, Mega Pops Lollipops

Two brands of Halloween candy are recalled

WebMD reports a Halloween candy recall: Some Nestle’s Raisinets may contain peanuts and Mega Pops lollipops might contain “tiny amounts of stainless steel.” (Apples anyone?)

Nestle USA’s Confections and Snacks Division, based in Glendale, Calif., says it is recalling 25,000 Nestle Raisinets Fun-Size 10-ounce bags because some may contain “undeclared peanuts,” which could prove dangerous to people with peanut allergies.

And Miami-based Colombina USA spokesman Bradley Gerber tells WebMD that the company has recalled 90,000 bags of its popular Mega Pops brand lollipops because the candies may contain “traces of foreign particles,” believed to be tiny amounts of stainless steel.

The report states: “Nestle USA says only snacks with a production code of 02015748/UPC number 2800010255 production number are affected… Customers with questions should call 800-478-5670; the company says consumers also may email the firm at And Colombina says it does not believe its lollipops pose a health risk but is withdrawing candies identified by UPC code numbers 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3 in lots numbered 1240695, 1209708, and 1209796.”