There’s that day in January when you go to the store and see no more festive candy canes, holiday-themed Hershey's Kisses or red-and-green colored M&Ms; the holiday-themed Whitman's Samplers, the chocolate Santas bundled in colorful foil wrappers, those chocolate "oranges" — all gone without a trace.
They may be overflowing into the aisles of your local big box retailer or drugstore right now, but after the holidays are officially over, where do all of these Christmas-specific sweets end up? Are they destroyed? Given to charity? Sent to the North Pole?
If, like I did, you always thought that, come January 1, they went into hibernation in the closets of every grandmother in America — tucked in with the leftover wrapping paper and recycled gift boxes before being pulled out and dumped right back into the Christmas candy dish the next year — you may be partially right.
"Generally, stores really do sell through most of their inventory by lowering prices," said Michael Allured, publisher of candy trade magazine The Manufacturing Confectioner. "All but a very small portion is sold, the rest may go to a food pantry like Second Harvest. But every retailer has to deal with their own leftover inventory on their own."
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