Really fancy, I know.
But this little baby saves me so much trouble. Here's how it works: each child gets three candies per day and when they eat a candy, they move a magnet onto their chart. When their chart is full, they don't get any more candy for the day. If they want to eat them all for breakfast, that's fine with me. If they want to space it throughout the day, that's fine with me. If they want to eat them right before dinner, that's fine with me too. I don't care when they eat their candy. The only rule is that they each get three pieces and they are not allowed to ask for more or beg or whine. They keep track of their candy consumption and that's that.
This system worked like a dream for my daughter last year when she was five. It saved my sanity! We'll see how it goes with the three year old this year.
Oh yeah. And the other rule is that if I have to clean up a candy wrapper, I get to trade it in for one of their candies. I don't find too many wrappers around since I started this rule.... unfortunately. :)