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Easter may have passed, but chances are that you still have some leftover candy floating around! Not sure what to do with all of it? Here is the first of 3 blogs with a few ideas on how to use up and enjoy that leftover chocolate to the fullest.

Here are some suggestions conglomerated from TheFunTimesGuide.com, ShopSmartMag.com and ParentDish.com.

Chocolaty Goodness

Melt It
Take those chocolate bunnies, eggs and other shaped chocolate and melt them by chopping up the item and putting them in a double boiler on the stove, or on a low setting in the microwave, stirring often as you slowly melt.
– Take melted chocolate and pour it into your own shaped molds – creating all new chocolate treats!
– Use the chocolate as a Fondu! Take fruit or small pieces of cake and other treats, place pieces on toothpicks, then dip the morsels in the chocolate and enjoy! Good edibles to use include strawberries, cherries, pound cake, lemon bread and more.
– Ganache is also fun: when the chocolate is completely melted, add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Ganache is great when poured over vanilla ice cream and topped with nuts, a little whip cream and a cherry.

Chop It
– Chop, cut, shave or break it up into small pieces. Once in bits, you can do a lot with those little morsels!
– Add it to a cake or brownie mix, cookie dough or even pancakes before baking.
– Sprinkle shaved chocolate on the icing of your favorite cake or cupcakes.

Freeze It
Since chocolate freezes well, pack it up in a freezer-safe bag or container and hoard it away until you’re ready to you’re ready to use it in your next baking or cooking experiment.

Trade It
Some dentists will actually “buy” your candy, taking your sugary sweets and trading it for sugar-free healthy snacks or a new toothbrush. Not all dental offices do this, but it never hurts to ask.

Hide It
Squirrel some of that chocolate away in a secret – pieces that are pre-wrapped in foil will last for a bit, so keep some around for those “reward” moments. Get an “A” on a test? Finally conquer potty training? Was there good behavior during a family function? Having a morsel to say “good job” can’t hurt as long as it’s an infrequent surprise. And it never hurts to have a quick bite for yourself after a long day!

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