My kids are used to being deprived.
They are only allowed junk food and candy on a limited basis.
So when I bring out the candy dish, they are ecstatic!
I recently put the candy corn in the dish when we were getting the fall/Halloween decorations out.
I only fill the candy dish and cookie jar at certain times during the year.
Fall- Candy Corn
Christmas- Red & Green M&M's
Valentine's- Hershey's Chocolate Kisses
Chocolate Chips and the Christmas Candy Cookies I make about every three or four months.
It might sound mean...but I don't believe so.
They like the treat, and I avoid hyper kids and too many rotting teeth (because trust me, they do have cavities-we aren't perfect).