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Candy-Shop Gifts

The sweets are nestled all snug in their jars; soon they'll be given to friends near and far.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003


Before delivering these playful presents, you can set them out for all to see in a candy-counter-style display. Collect peanut-butter, jelly, and olive jars -- or buy inexpensive containers at a discount store -- and fill them with treats for loved ones. Soon visions of sugar will dance in their heads.


  1. Layer peppermint sticks, jelly beans, chocolate straws, jawbreakers, foil-wrapped chocolates, and other colorful candy in a jar or arrange them to form patterns.

  2. Coat metal lids with red spray paint (working in a ventilated area); cover plastic tops with decorative paper.

  3. Finish packages with ribbon and gift tags.

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