4fish – Are you my previously unknown twin? I had to double-check to see if I had already answered this one.
Diner-Lover – my friend has a severe confiscation policy with her kids. It applies to all "candy holidays". They can eat as much as they want that day.[xx(] After they go to bed that night, the rest goes in the trash! Made my kids appreciate getting to keep theirs, even though it’s rationed like your mom (and mine) did.
My favorite current ritual is when the boys get back and go through their "haul" picking out my favorites to give to me(provided they have doubles, of course). I’m touched that they know which ones I like best. They do the same for Dad. Fortunately, we like different things.