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Local businesses offer exchange for unwanted Halloween candy

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) - We all love candy, but there is something called too much of a good thing. That is what Marlow Emmert learned this Halloween.

"I was giving them handfuls of candy, it wasn't just one piece, and I still have all this candy left," she laughed. She only had about 20 kids stop by her house Halloween night. "Oh my goodness, well of course I bought way too much, I probably had 400 pieces of candy, I don't know why I thought I'd use that much," said Emmert.

While some do not get rid of enough candy, others go overboard collecting candy while trick or treating.

"We want kids brushing their teeth, you get too much candy, there are so many trunk or treats now, not even just Halloween night, so we wanted to get the candy out of the houses and give them something in exchange," said Ariel LaGrange, marketing director for Hartman Dental Associates.

Around 20 dentist offices in Kentuckiana participate in a Halloween candy buy back, including Hartman Dental Associates in New Albany, Indiana. All you have to do is drop off your unwanted candy and get goodies in return, like backpacks, t-shirts, coupons, and dental hygiene products. 

Just like last year, Lucky's Market in Louisville will take your candy Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and exchange it pound for pound for produce.

The candy goes to troops overseas, and Marilyn Napier knows how much soldiers appreciate it.

"A lot of people think well, what do all the soldiers need that candy for?" she said.

Her son, Sergeant James Johnson, loved getting packages while in Afghanistan, and Napier says the soldiers share it.

"The other candy, they usually take it to orphanages and give it to them. They take it to their interpreter's children, and it just builds a bond for the community, it's not just the soldiers pigging out on candy," Napier explained.

You do not have to be stuck with a bowl full of candy and a stomachache, and you can make someone else feel good. "It's something special to get that there's somebody who remembers them and knows that they're over there fighting for us," said LaGrange.

For a list of dental offices taking unwanted candy, click here. 

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