I shudder to think how many Valentine’s treats will come home in my third-grader's backpack today. He was quite irate when I told him that all he was only giving his classmates cards for Valentine's Day. No candy.

I don't ever remember candy being part of the Valentine's card exchange when I was a kid. Nowadays, some kids give out entire goody bags filled with a card, a bouncy ball, pencils, and, of course, candy. It drives me nuts.

I give my kids candy on Valentine’s Day. My mom does, too (can't stop the grandmom). I don't need everyone else's mom giving it to them, too.

For all of us with more candy than we'd like to have in our homes tomorrow, here are some ideas.

Non-edible ideas

  • GeekDad has a microwave experiment that allows you to measure the speed of light with chocolate that has melted in the microwave. Educational.
  • Grab the Basics says to think ahead to St. Patrick's Day to use up your leftover conversation candy hearts. They suggest spray painting them all green and then using them to create shamrock decorations.
  • eHow suggests that you shellac those conversation hearts and use them as decorations in ornamental vases, much like you would marbles.
Edible ideas
  • Baking Bites has instructions on how to melt chopped up chocolate. If you have extra individually wrapped plain milk or dark chocolates (like Hersey Kisses or Dove hearts), you can melt them and make chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas or pretzels.
  • Sweetly Serendipity has a recipe for Candy Bar Brownies. Any candy bars can be chopped up and put into these from-scratch brownies.
  • Bake at 350 makes Conversation Heart Candy Bark with those leftover "you rock" and other hearts.

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