Do Valentine’s Day up right!
Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats!
This recipe comes to us via popsugar.com and we just love it–it’s super simple and totally adorable. Here’s all you need to pull it off…
4 Cups of Mini Marshmallows
3 Tablespoons of Butter
Red Food Coloring
6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
Large Nonstick Pot
Cellophane Bags and Twist Ties
Melt the mini marshmallows in a large nonstick pan with the butter over medium heat–keep an eye on them, so they don’t burn! Add in three or four drops of red food coloring, depending on how pink you’d like your hearts to be! (NOTE: you could change this out for any other color if you wanted!) Dump in your Rice Krispies and gently fold it all together.
Prepare a 9×13 pan by spraying liberally with nonstick spray–this is sticky stuff you’re working with, and nonstick spray will help you pull this off…literally.
Press the mixture into the pan and smooth the top. Let it cool for just a few minutes before tipping out onto a cutting board–which should also be sprayed with your nonstick spray. While you’re at it, blast your cookie cutter too.
Carefully cut out your heart shapes and let them cool completely.
Then just package, label and distribute–awesome right? Of course right.
Decadent Valentine’s Chocolate Bark
Another one from popsugar.com! Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe this awesome, easy recipe–what’s even better, is you can make a ton in no time for cheap! And you’re going to want to, since it’s going to go fast…
Chocolate, of course! You’ll want to stock up on whatever chocolate makes you happy–Hershey’s, Nestle, Godiva, Dove…whatever. It doesn’t matter! You can even pick white, milk or dark, depending on your tastes.
White, Red and Pink Candy Melts
M&M’s (in White, Red and Pink)
Microwave Safe Bowls
Cellophane Bags and Ties
We would bet most folks can figure out the intricacies of making chocolate bark, but for you newcomers, we promise, it’s super simple.
First, cover your cookie sheet in a large piece of wax paper. Melt your chosen chocolate–white, milk or dark, in a microwave safe bowl, and add a tablespoon or two of shortening (this will help it set hard at room temperature). Spread it out on the wax-paper-covered cookie sheet and either let it cool on the counter or pop it in the fridge to set. While it’s cooling, melt your candy melts–whichever you want to be the top color first, then the others. Once your first layer is set, pour on your melted top color and spread it out on top.
From there, it’s time to decorate. Drizzle your other colors on with a whisk or fork, add sprinkles, M&M’s, what have you. You could even go crazy and add crushed cookies, conversation hearts, marshmallows, and whatever you like!
After sticking them in the fridge one last time, cover them with another sheet of wax paper and gently whack them with your meat tenderizer (use the flat side if it has one). Keep in mind that you might have to cut it up, too! From there, package and distribute.
From Cute DIY Projects comes this easy, quick, and kid-chef-friendly snack sure to be a class favorite! What’s so great about these is what a powerful punch these deliver in such a small package!
Marshmallows–you could use standard sized white marshmallows, or opt for those big ones! Some stores even carry pink strawberry-flavored ones, if you were into that sort of thing…
Chocolate Candy Melts (In Milk, Dark, White, or any color you want!)
M&M’s (In Red, White, or Pink)
Sugar Sprinkles (Those super shiny ones that look like glitter!)
Mini Chocolate Chips
Luster Dust, Gold Leaf, Edible Flowers…Fancy stuff like that!
Microwave Safe Equipment
Lollipop Sticks OR Paper Straws
Assorted Bowls (To Hold Your Chosen Coatings!)
So so simple. Stick your straw or lollipop stick into the bottom of the marshmallow and set aside. Melt your chosen chocolates in various bowls (if you’re using real chocolate and not candy melts, you’ll need to add some crisco to make sure they set at room temperature).
Dip your marshmallows.
From there, the choices are seriously endless–you could dip them in sprinkles like in the photo, you could coat them with crushed sandwich cookies, M&M’s, chocolate chips, what have you. You could drizzle it with other colors or dip in a separate color for a two-tone effect. Make a super fancy one for teacher by dipping in a high-quality chocolate, topping it with a fresh strawberry or edible flower and hitting it with some luster dust or edible gold leaf…the only limit is your imagination!