I. LOVE. HOLIDAYS!!! I love doing everything I can to make them extraordinary for our kids… and let’s be honest, I enjoy it also! I love to decorate the house, give special gifts, and make cute treats. Willa’s class does a little Valentine’s exchange and they asked for parent volunteers to send in treats. I, of course, signed up and was excited to create something cutesy. But then the realization set in that I currently have five baskets of laundry that need folding, meals to plan and food to cook, a baby to feed (constantly it seems like), homework to do, floors to be vacuumed, etc. You get the idea. I immediately decided that I needed something adorable that looked like I spent some time and effort making it for the party, but could be done quickly in between all the other stuff that needed to be done around here – something that made me feel like a Pinterest mom that wouldn’t require too much. So, for all of you looking for a Valentine treat that you can make quickly, easily, and cost-efficiently, whether it be for a party or just something special in a lunchbox, here are five ideas that can be made with only three ingredients!
Buy a box of strawberry wafers that can be found premade in the cookie aisle of any grocery story, a bag of white chocolate chips, and valentine sprinkles (I got mine at Home Goods). Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Make sure to heat it in thirty-second intervals and stir in between each time to ensure you don’t burn your chocolate. Then, dip the wafer in the chocolate, pour the sprinkles on, and set them on wax paper to dry.
Candy Heart Tic Tac Toe Boards:
For this you can use chocolate or graham crackers, any premade icing, and a bag of conversation hearts. I scooped my icing into a gallon sized Ziploc bag and cut the tip off to draw the board. Then I just dab a dot wherever you want to place the candy hearts. Remember to put three in a row!
Valentine Teddy Bears:
For this, all you need is any flavor teddy grahams, icing, and conversation heart candies. Dab some icing on the bear’s belly, and then attach the heart candy. Since these and the tic tac toe boards both use icing and candy hearts, you can easily make both if you feel ambitious!
Pick up a bag of big marshmallows, a bag of chocolate chips, and some festive sprinkles. You will also need lollipop sticks, which I got at Michaels. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Let the chocolate cool a smidge so it doesn’t melt the marshmallow. Stick the lollipop stick in the marshmallow and dip the marshmallow in the melted chocolate. There will be a lot of excess chocolate so I would stamp it off onto a paper plate. Then, drizzle the sprinkles on and place them on the wax paper to dry.
Chocolate Heart Pretzels:
A bag of square pretzels, a bag of Hershey kisses and/or hugs, and big heart sprinkles (I used some by Wilton that I got at Michaels) is all you will need for these treats. Place the pretzels on a paper plate and place an unwrapped kiss on each one. I melted a plateful for one minute in the microwave (your time may vary depending on your microwave). Then top with a giant heart sprinkle. Allow them to cool and harden for a couple of hours.
I hope you were inspired by these and I’d love to hear if you try one! Either leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram. My username is abraggslife.