Brett Blume

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOX) – How many kids would be willing to give up their entire night’s haul of Halloween candy for a chance to win a next generation video gaming system?

We’ll get a chance to find out Friday evening during the 4th annual “Great Candy Exchange” sponsored by Delta Dental Health Theatre.

The Grand Prize in a raffle during the Candy Exchange is an XBox One, Day One Edition.

“It’s not even out to the public yet,” says DDHT executive director Shannon Woodcock. “We’ve pre-ordered it, it’s ready to go.”

Woodcock says the real point of the event at the Mid-County Vetta Soccerdome (220 East Ave, Webster Groves) is to teach children and their parents what candies are okay to consume — and what candies should be avoided at all costs.

“One example is ‘Warheads’,” Woodcock explains. “Warheads are super sour…they’re filled with acid, they strip the enamel from your teeth. But more importantly they can also cause severe burns on your childrens’ gums if they eat too many.”

On the “not-so-bad-for-you” candy list, perhaps surprisingly to many, are chocolates.

Woodcock says “pure chocolates” promote salivation as they’re being being eaten, and that “easily” washes away as opposed to other sweets that stick to the teeth and eat away at them.

The added bonus of this evening’s exchange is that all candy collected will be shipped to U.S. troops serving overseas.

The Great Candy Exchange happens from 4 until 8 pm Friday, Nov. 1, at the Mid-County Vetta Soccerdome located at 220 East Ave. in Webster Groves.


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