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Try one of these innovative recipes to help you pare down your chocolate hoard.  |  Photo Credit: iStock

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and now you’re likely left with a bunch of leftover chocolate — or maybe you took advantage of the many post-V-Day sales, and bought a bunch of it yourself.

Either way, you have a lot of chocolate, and you, of course, have no idea what to do with it. What’re you gonna do? Eat it? As-is? Really? Don’t be crazy! Instead, try one of these innovative recipes to help you pare down your chocolate stockpiles.

Candy bar pie

Why simply eat chocolate when you can use that chocolate to make another, even sweeter dessert? This recycled candy pie really punches up the flavor by adding a butter crust to tie together all those rich sweets. You can do the same with cookies, if you want a more hand-held option. (Just ignore that swimsuit season is around the corner.)

Chocolate fondue

When life gives you a box of chocolates… melt everything down and dip other foods into it. For the rich and creamy fondue feel, combine heavy whipping cream and white baking chocolate to amplify the luxuriousness and sweetness. Just be warned: Some chocolates melt better than others. For best results, use solid chocolate bars, chips or squares to avoid clumping or burning.

Chocolate-covered bacon

If you want to at least trick yourself into thinking that bonbon is healthy, try adding a source of protein, like bacon. Simply melt down the chocolate (again, certain types are better than others) and then drizzle it on — or completely coat — the cooked and cooled bacon before refrigerating for a sweet-and-savory snack.

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