Kids love Halloween and all the candy they get to eat. Most of the time, Halloween brings more candy then a child really needs. So what do you with all that leftover candy?

We’ve found four options that will hopefully make your Halloween more enjoyable.

Candy Donations to Troops

1. Operation Shoebox

packs boxes year-round with candy, but especially for the holidays. They collect donated candy to send to U.S. Troops in care packages. Individually wrapped candies; heat-resistant candy is best in warm seasons. Mail your candy donation to:

Operation Shoebox
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview. Fl. 34420

 

2. The Stano Foundation

They will gladly accept any wrapped candies to add into their care packages going out to military members who will be deployed this holiday. You may drop off at these locations until Nov. 9, 2019. No chocolates as they will melt during shipping.

Drop off locations

Ideal Massage LLC Wesley Chapel – 27317 Cashford Circle, Wesley Chapel, 33544
Dancing for Donations – 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101, Brandon 33511
All About Kids – 1900 Land O Lakes Blvd #101, Lutz 33549
Simply Events – 6809 US highway 19 N #B, Clearwater

 

 

Earn Cash/Offers/Prizes

Through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, Doctors across Tampa Bay are offering money/offers/prizes in exchange for your child’s candy. Many are donating these candy to the troops as care packages.

 

 

1. Randall A Diez, DMD PA

Friday Nov. 1st at 10am-1pm. and will continue on Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm.
Bring your children by to donate candy and earn a $1 per pound. Children must be present. They will take donations of all candies but must limit earnings to $5 per child. Thank you for joining them as they support our Troops

Randall A Diez, DMD PA
5010 GUNN HWY
TAMPA, Fl, 33624
Phone: (813) 960-5869

 

2. Klement Family Dental 

This Halloween, Klement Family Dental invites you to bring in your Halloween candy for a cause! Klement Family Dental will buy your candy for CASH and donate these sweets to American troops overseas! For each pound of wrapped candy, Klement Family Dental will give you $1 (up to five pounds).

Dates: November 1st from 3:00-6:30 PM, November 2nd until 1:00 PM and November 4th from 3:00-6:30 PM.

Klement Family Dental
7650 38th Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33710
727-456-8699

 

 

3. Goodnight Orthodontics

Bring your kids candies on November 4th- 8th to get $1 per pound/up to $5 per person at either our South Tampa office 3223 S. Dale Mabry Hwy 813-805-0206 or in Westchase  813-968-3737, during our normal business hours. If you need more info please give them a call at the above phone numbers.

Goodnight Orthodontics
12315 W. Linebaugh Ave
Westchase, FL,

Goodnight Orthodontics
3223 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629

 

 

4. Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry

Hey kids, save your teeth and trade your candy for CASH!! Our annual Halloween Candy Buy back will be on November 1st & 4th from 1-4pm. We will be paying $1 per pound of unopened candy. All donated candy will be given to Operation Shoebox and shipped overseas to our troops.

1. 8327 W Hillsborough Ave,Tampa, FL, 33615
Phone: 813-885-3345

2. 8381 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL, 33772
Phone: 727-397-8800

3. 4850 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL, 33713
Phone: 727-321-4850

4. 5139 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL, 34655
Phone: 727-807-2273

5. 14030 US HY, Hudson, FL 34667

6. 40668 US 19, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

7. 2301 Collier Pkwy, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

8. 11195 County Line Rd, Spring Hill, FL 34609

 

 

 

 

Use it

Besides just eating it, you could always make a trail mix out of it. Use it as toppings on ice cream, inside brownies or rice krispies treats.

Save it

Save some of those treats for rewards, birthday goody bags, church or scout group activities. According to the National Confectioners Association regarding the shelf life of various types of Halloween candy:

-Chocolate: Dark chocolate can be kept for one to two years if wrapped in foil and stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Milk and white chocolates last up to eight to 10 months.

-Hard candy: Lollipops, roll candy and butterscotch candies can last up to a year when stored at room temperature or in cool, dry conditions.

 

 

 

 

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