Amy's Cash-for-candy, An Annual Charity Candy Buy Back Event Held At Dental Wellness Of Westchase In Tampa, Fl.

12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –More than 100 children participated and approximately 300 lbs. of candy were collected at Dr. Amy’s Cash-for-Candy, an annual charity Candy Buy Back event held at Dental Wellness of Westchase in Tampa, Fl. Children received $1 for every pound of candy donated and a new toothbrush at the event held on Nov. 5 by the Tampa dental practice. The cash for candy event is held each year following Halloween. The donated treats will be sent overseas via Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 150,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude also encourages the donation of dental items including commercially sealed Lip Balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and travel-size mouthwash. For more information about the buyback or Dental Wellness of Westchase, call the office at 813-855 CARE, visit the practice’s Facebook page or visit . About: Dental Wellness of Westchase is a full-service practice providing for all of your dental needs. Services include sedation dentistry, dental implants and ClearCorrect. Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis and staff are absolutely dedicated to partnering with you to achieve optimal dental health and beauty through cosmetic dentistry. For more information, call our office today at (813) 855-2273. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: Operation Gratitude

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Watch Lemonis Assist Other Struggling Business On The Profit, Airing Tuesdays At 10pm Et/pt On Cnbc.

The location, formerly known as the Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique, has been undergoing renovations since August to convert the space into a full-service Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop boasting a fully functioning candy factory and dessert bar. “We can’t believe the time has finally come for our Lake Forest location to open, and it’s been very surreal to see this space transform into our newest Sweet Pete’s location since we announced we would be expanding nationally,” said owner, Allison Behringer. “We are looking forward to sharing this experience with all of the candy lovers of Chicago and begin offering our sweet treats and services in this new and exciting market.” The grand opening celebration is open to the public and will run all-day on November 13. The event will feature music, exciting giveaways, games, prizes, candy making tutorials and more. Visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth with items such as gourmet chocolate, ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods, an array of candy and snacks and more, and customers will also have the option to create their own bulk custom candy mix finished with a variety of packaging available for special events and gifts. Following in the footsteps of their Jacksonville location, the Sweet Pete’s Lake Forest facility will also offer the Chicagoland community candy making classes and space for birthday parties, field trips and other special events in their private event room. The hours of operation at the Lake Forest location are Sunday thru Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm. Lemonis initially partnered with the Sweet Pete’s Candy Company based in Jacksonville, Florida on the hit CNBC reality series, The Profit, where Lemonis stepped in to assist Pete and Allison Behringer with the expansion of their business facility and product offering. Pete has a wealth of knowledge in the candy business and has been making treats for over 20 years. Since the episode aired, Sweet Pete’s has since relocated to a 23,000-square-foot building in Downtown Jacksonville. Watch Lemonis assist other struggling business on The Profit, airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC. About Sweet Pete’s Sweet Pete’s is a specialty sweets and snack shop that opened its doors in 2010 after owner Peter Behringer, known better as “Sweet Pete,” decided to turn his love for candy making into a business in order to share his creations and passion with others. Behringer possesses over 20 years of candy making experience and was raised in the chocolate industry, spending the earlier years of his life working for his mother’s family-run chocolate business. Sweet Pete’s relocated and expanded into a 23,000 square-foot facility in Jacksonville, FL in 2014, which is believed to be the world’s largest candy shop. Today, Sweet Pete’s manufactures a line of quality chocolates and sells almost a thousand different types of candies, while also offering a large retail store, full-service restaurant and bar, rooftop patio, dessert bar, candy making classes and more at the Jacksonville location. Find out why Sweet Pete’s is the sweetest destination on earth by visiting , follow on Facebook at , and Twitter @sweetpetes. About Marcus Lemonis Marcus Lemonis is an entrepreneur, investor, television personality, and chairman and CEO of Marcus Lemonis LLC as well as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Camping World is the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization. Visit Lemonis is also known as the “business turnaround king” and host of CNBC’s prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a “Three P” principle: People, Process, and Product. The new season of The Profit airs on Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC. More about Marcus Lemonis can be found at , Facebook and Twitter @MarcusLemonis. Marcus Lemonis

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Just Explains In A News Release: This Means That Diets And Health Campaigns Aimed At Reducing And Preventing Obesity May Be Off Track If They Hinge On Demonizing Specific Foods.

For 95 percent of adults studied, consumption of soda, candy and fast food was unrelated to body mass index (BMI), according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Obesity Science & Practice . BMI is a measure of weight that also takes height into consideration. To find out what your BMI is, visit the National Institutes of Healths BMI calculator . For the study, David Just and Brian Wansink the co-directors of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab reviewed a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States. They found no significant difference in how much junk food was consumed by people of healthy weights and people who were overweight. The only exceptions they found were for people with BMIs that were extremely low (meaning they are chronically underweight) or extremely high (meaning they are morbidly obese). Just explains in a news release: This means that diets and health campaigns aimed at reducing and preventing obesity may be off track if they hinge on demonizing specific foods. If we want real change we need to look at the overall diet and physical activity. Narrowly targeting junk foods is not just ineffective, it may be self-defeating as it distracts from the real underlying causes of obesity. The researchers also found that, as of 2010, the average American consumes about 500 more calories per day than was consumed in 1970. Watch the video of Junk Food Not Behind Our Weight Problems, Study Says on The researchers therefore recommend: Dont deprive yourself of your favorite foods because that can result in frustration and ultimately have little impact on overall weight. Do monitor overall calorie consumption from meals and snacking. Do be conscious of intake of added fats like salad dressing, cooking oils, cream, sour cream and things containing lots of flour, such as cereal, bread and baked goods, as these are the foods that Americans are eating more of. What do you think is most to blame for obesity? Sound off in our Forums . Its the place where you can speak your mind, explore topics in-depth, and post questions and get answers.

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It Turns Out Most Of The Reports Were Hoaxes, Though Police Still Urge People To Use Caution Before Diving Into Halloween Candy.

In the days before and after Halloween this year, reports of razor blades in Rice Krispies Treats, needles in Twizzlers and pot-laced chocolates made headlines. It turns out most of the reports were hoaxes, though police still urge people to use caution before diving into Halloween candy. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said the children in Kennett Square who reported finding needles in their Twix and Snickers bars recanted. Such candy hoaxes tend to happen every year, Hogan said, but he’s seen an uptick recently as more kids use social media, likely getting ideas there. “It happens so often that law enforcement just rolls their eyes, because we know how it’s going to end,” Hogan said. “But we can’t ignore it because what if it is that 1-in-1,000 case that’s true?” No charges will be filed in the Pennsylvania incident. Other Halloween hoaxes around the country this year included: – A 16-year-old reported finding a razor blade in her candy during a Halloween community event in the Marion Center, Pennsylvania, area. State police say she made up the discovery and self-inflicted a cut in her mouth that took 23 stitches to close. – In Gloucester Township, New Jersey, a man was charged with making up a story about finding sewing needles in candy. He told police he was trying to teach his kids a safety lesson. – In Salisbury, Maryland, police say a teenager who claimed to find a sewing needle in a pack of Twizzlers later admitted he put it there himself. Investigators say he did not think the prank would go beyond his family, but his parents called police. – Police in Fort Worth filed charges against a father over claims he found a razor blade in a Rice Krispies Treat his child was given on Halloween. Police say he later admitted to inserting the blade himself. – In Hebron, Ohio, a man could face charges for falsely claiming he was given pot-laced candy at a pre-Halloween trick-or-treating event. – In Brainerd, Minnesota, police said a report of a needle found in a child’s Halloween candy was a hoax fabricated by the child.

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4 Mobile Game Company By App Revenue, As Of September Data From Tracking Firm Appannie.

4 mobile game company by app revenue, as of September data from tracking firm AppAnnie. Kings two hits, Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga, were among the six most-downloaded game apps across the world in September, the firm said. The puzzle games involve matching virtual candies on a jumbled grid to score points. The games are free, but players may purchase special features to help them along. Bobby Kotick Activision Blizzard Activision Blizzard Chief Executive first met with King Digital three years ago, but started deal discussions with the 12-year-old video game company in April. Activision Blizzard Chief Executive first met with King Digital three years ago, but started deal discussions with the 12-year-old video game company in April. (Activision Blizzard) Founded in 2003 as a gaming website, Kings chief rivals now include Asian technology companies Tencent and Mixi as well as Finland-based Clash of Clans developer Supercell. Acquiring Kings more than 474 million players pushes Activision past 500 million players who turn on a game at least once a month, a bigger [user base] than anything beside YouTube and Facebook and one of the very few entertainment networks of that scale, Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in an interview. King, whose games are popular mostly with women, also brings a new audience to male-and-hardcore-gamer-dominated Activision Blizzard. (Andrea Chang and David Pierson) We now have male and female gamers, spanning 196 countries, casual and hardcore, Kotick said. We love the idea of adding millions of females to our audience. Activision Blizzard has been a force in console and computer games but hadnt moved as aggressively into smartphone and tablet games as some rivals and upstarts. Still, its found a hit in mobile card game Hearthstone and generated strong digital revenue elsewhere. Discussions about a possible deal began in April, though Kotick said King executives were reluctant to lose independence and had no reason to sell. But when they saw what the combined network would do, to be able to reach audiences around the world, I think they found there would be more opportunity to express themselves creatively and commercially, Kotick said. But analysts have wondered whether King can generate sales off new games fast enough to make up falling revenue from existing titles, and large shareholders could have been antsy to pocket gains while they could. King was unlikely to replicate the massive success of Candy Crush Saga at its peak, so the merger provides the best case scenario for investors, Patrick Walker, vice president of insights at video game industry consultancy EEDAR, said in an email. Activision Blizzard plans to use $3.6 billion in cash stored offshore and a $2.3-billion bank loan to pay $18 per share for King. Thats a discount over the $22.50 share price that the Dublin, Ireland, company offered when it went public in March 2014 . Activision Blizzards cash offer is attractive given the balance of future opportunities, risks and competitive forces confronting Kings business,” Gerhard Florin, chairman of Kings board of directors, said in a prepared statement. King reported $155 million in adjusted profit in the second quarter on $500 million in adjusted revenue, down 18% and 16%, respectively, from the same period a year ago. Kotick said after reviewing what games are in the works, hes confident that theres nothing but great future opportunity. Activision, which on Monday night reported $990 million in a third quarter sales, said the addition will bolster revenue next year by 30%. King, which has 1,600 employees, will become a stand-alone operating division, alongside Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment and a newly announced but yet-to-be named esports division .

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In Other Words, They Contain Chocolate Flavors.

Here’s what you need to know. It’s no coincidence that the Paris Chocolate Fair is hosting winegrowers from Roussillon in France. Their sunny region is ideal for producing naturally sweet French wines (also known as “vins doux naturels” and fortified wines) which have aromas of cocoa, torrefaction and candied fruit. In other words, they contain chocolate flavors. Roussillon is abundant in naturally sweet wines, but is not the only region which produces it. The Rhone valley is famous for its Muscat de Beaume-de-Venise and Corsica has its renowned Muscat du Cap-Corse. Because of their acidity, rose wine and champagne are not the best options. What is naturally sweet wine? To make naturally sweet wine, winegrowers use a method called “mutage”. To halt the fermentation of the wine, they add neutral grape spirit at a volume of around 5-10%, which means that some of the grape’s natural sweetness is retained. That is why these wines have a smooth and very distinctive taste. This method is also the reason for the wine’s high alcohol content. There are many different naturally sweet wines, reflecting the variety of wine-producing areas, each of which gives the wine its character and typical features. And a lot depends on when the winegrower decides to add the neutral grape spirit. The result is a vast aromatic range for wine lovers who decide to opt for a naturally sweet wine to go with their favorite chocolate treat. Banyuls wine View gallery The Banyuls wine-growing area is divided into terraces. In the Eastern Pyrenees, the seaside town of Banyuls has given its name to a renowned natural sweet wine. Grenache noir, a grape variety which is typical of the Roussillon naturally sweet wines, makes up 50% of this wine, and up to 75% of the Banyuls Grand Cru which is matured for at least 30 months. There are different styles of Banyuls: “rimage” means it is matured for at least a year, and the “rancio” designation is linked to oxidative characteristics in the wine which give it its golden color and its taste. Aromas: candied fruit, figs, prune, notes of torrefaction Maury wine In the Eastern Pyrenees, around the villages of Maury and Tautavel, a small wine-growing area produces the powerful, highly aromatic Maury wines. The wine growers use a variety of grapes — grenache noir, but also carignan and syrah.

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The Creativity Of Many Candy Manufacturers Seems To Have Reinvigorated The Market For Candy Corn.

And while not everyone claims to like candy corn, retailers credit these new innovations with driving demand. More on this… Crazy for candy corn Demand for candy corn was very strong this year and we ran out of stock about a week earlier than normal, Evans Boney of online retailer told The creativity of many candy manufacturers seems to have reinvigorated the market for candy corn. Related Image Expand / Contract A Goelitz candy corn rooster sign from the 1930s.(Jelly Belly Candy Company) So will any of these new flavors –that include Caramel Macchiato, fruit and pumpkin spice –convert candy corn haters? For people who didnt consider themselves candy corn fansand those who love the original– the Caramel Macchiatoflavor was a big hit. This isnt overly sweet and it has a smooth caramel flavor that really reminds me of a Starbucks drink, said one Chew on This taster. Straightaway youre getting a strong coffee flavor, said Kimmerle at first bite. And it also has a strong vanilla note, I like that. But if you dont like coffee, steer clear. Fruity candy corn is also another popular trend this year according to Boney. Starbursts candy corn is a slightly grittier, mealy version of the original chews but the taste is a dead ringer for the lemon and strawberry flavors. Its awesome! said one enthusiastic Chew taster. Its fruity, slightly creamy and melts in your mouth more than the chewy version. But the pastel looking triangles are more reminiscent of an Easter treat than something thats meant to represent Halloween. Pumpkin spice, as usual, proved to be one of the most divisive new flavors tasted. Kimmerle enjoyed the pronounced taste of clover and cinnamon and said it reminded her of pumpkin pie. But not everyone agreed. I actually do like pumpkin spice, but its [candy corn version] incredibly sweet and I dont really taste anything spicy in here, said another taster. Even if candy corn isnt your usual cup of tea, theyre still one of the healthier candies on the market.

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Pour The Hot Cream Mixture Over The Chocolate.

Allow them to cool. Cut them in half and scoop out the pulp and mash it in a small bowl. Reserve. Decrease the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 3 12 cups of flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the mashed sweet potatoes and eggs on medium speed until they are smooth. Add the melted butter and beat until it is combined. Reduce the speed to low, and slowly add the flour mixture; mix just until it is combined. (Keep the mixer on low so the flour stays in the bowl.) Remove the work bowl from the mixer and, with a spatula, stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, for 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely in the pan, for about an hour. Loosen the cake from the pan using the tip of a dinner knife, then invert a rack over the pan and turn the cake out onto the rack. To prepare the glaze: Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, combine the cream, coffee and cinnamon stick; bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let it stand, undisturbed, for about 2 minutes.

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7, She Will Mark Her Last Day As Owner Of The Candy Bar, 116 N.

On Nov. 7, she will mark her last day as owner of the Candy Bar, 116 N. Federal Ave., where she has worked for decades. In the days when it was the Poodle Club, marked by its iconic box poodle sign, she started in 1977 in her late teens as a part-time bartender under longtime owner Maria Savas. After years of working there on and off, she bought it in 1989 and changed the name in 2005. Now 57, she said her recent successful battle with colon cancer was behind the decision to turn the keys over to a new owner. “It’s time to pass the gauntlet,” she said. Roger Waner has bought the bar for an undisclosed price. He said he plans to reopen it as a sports bar called ‘The Place 2B!’ the week before Thanksgiving. While he said he said he didn’t plan to make drastic changes, he declined to say if he would hire some of the bar’s longtime staff. But the moose will stay. An upholstered moose head still hangs from the wall where countless newlyweds have taken their picture. In the pre-mobile phone era, Ockerman said she used to give them a free shot if they got their picture taken with it. The thinking was it was better than their spouse’s bad morning breath, she said. For a Mason City institution, the bar has always been a comfortable place for people to meet. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, what was then known as “The Triangle” on North Federal, composed of the Dolphin Lounge, Bruiser’s Bar and the Poodle Club, was the singles mecca in town. Over the years, Ockerman said she has been a bit of a matchmaker with at least 10 couples she knows who met there and later married. Her customers have been a steady support system through good times and bad, including divorces and the recent battle with cancer. “They do become like a family,” she said. Terri Atkinson met her husband John at the Poodle Club when Ockerman was bartending. She had seen him at the bar before but was too nervous to talk to him. One day, she said Ockerman promised her a beer to run to the store to get some more strawberries. When she returned, Ockerman gave her beer to him with a note for him to buy Terri the beverage Ockerman now owed her. They started dating two months later and now have been married for 23 years. “It was that neighborhood bar that people went to,” she said. “I hope whoever has it continues some kind of legacy. “It’s nice to have a decent place to go and visit and have a few drinks,” she added. “No matter how slow it is or how packed it is, it’s always been there.” Copyright 2015 Mason City Globe Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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— 9:00 P.m.

That’s all for Royals starter Johnny Cueto , with no outs in the third inning. After an easy first, Cueto allowed 11 of his next 13 batters to reach, while Toronto fans serenaded him with the sing-song chants of ”Cueto-Ceuto” throughout his outing. He smiled as he walked off the mound, hurling his gum as he neared the dugout. After reliever Kris Medlen struck out his first batter, fans began chanting, ”We want Cueto!” Cueto allowed a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki in the third, Toronto’s first homer in the series. The Blue Jays hit a major league-leading 232 during the regular season. — 9:08 p.m. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain singled in the second inning to extend his postseason hitting streak to 12 games, snapping Amos Otis’ franchise mark. Manny Ramirez holds the major league record with 17. — 9:00 p.m. Ryan Goins shouted and pumped his arms after his two-run single gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Goins took the blame for letting a shallow fly drop in for a hit during Game 2, starting a five-run rally for Kansas City. The starting pitcher in that 6-3 Toronto loss, David Price , led the cheers from the dugout after Goins’ hit. Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was the first to greet Goins after he scored the team’s third run in the second inning – equaling Toronto’s total for the series to that point. — 8:18 p.m. Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar just got all those white towels twirling in the first inning of Game 3 of the ALCS. After Ben Zobrist ‘s grounder scored the first run, Pillar made a fantastic catch on Lorenzo Cain’s drive to straightaway center. Pillar grabbed the ball on the run and crashed into the fence. He gave the OK sign while sitting on the warning track. Pitcher Marcus Stroman turned to the outfield and applauded into his glove. Pillar’s catch came just minutes after former Blue Jays outfielder Devon White threw out the ceremonial first pitch. White played for the Blue Jays teams that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He’s remembered for his spectacular catch on a deep drive by Atlanta’s David Justice in Game 3 of the 1992 World Series. Left-hander Mark Buehrle, who is not on Toronto’s playoff roster, was behind the plate for White’s first pitch. — 7:39 p.m. Cubs shortstop Addison Russell says he feels better every day and hopes to starting hitting again soon.

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