Valentine’s Day is arguably one of the sweetest days of the year. Every year, little ones pass out Valentines to their friends and classmates usually in the form of a card with a little candy attached. This year, why not switch it up a bit and try one of these cute and creative ideas your children can help make.
Recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting.
- 10 cups of popped popcorn
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- Red Pretzel M&M’s
- Valentine’s mix M&M’s
- Valentine’s sprinkles
- Valentine’s confetti hearts sprinkles
- 10 ziplock bags
- Pop popcorn and salt liberally. Place in a large bowl.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted. Turn off the heat as soon as the last marshmallow has melted.
- Pour 3/4 of the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn in the bowl and then gently fold the popcorn with a spoon until most of the kernels are covered in the mixture.
- Pour the marshmallow popcorn onto a prepared cookie sheet.
- Drizzle the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn on the cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle the candy and sprinkles over the popcorn.
- Allow the popcorn to cool. Break apart and measure one cup into each ziplock bag.
Valentine’s Day Buttons
Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen.
- 50 pieces Pretzel Snaps
- 50 pieces white or pink chocolate melting disks
- 50 pieces Valentine M&Ms Or Candy Dots
- Plastic baggies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place pretzels salt side up on a baking sheet. Place a chocolate disk on each and place in the oven for 2 minutes, just long enough for the chocolate to begin to melt- about 1-1 ½ minutes.
- Pull the tray out of the oven and quickly press one M&M onto the center of each chocolate disk.
- Place the tray in your freezer to set.
- Once set, you can divide into your baggies.
Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats.
- One bag of strawberry marshmallows
- 4-8 oz. melting chocolate
- Lollipop sticks
- Small cellophane bags
- Push a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
- Melt the chocolate according to the package instructions.
- Dip one marshmallow at a time into the chocolate.
- Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then sprinkle your sprinkles onto the chocolate.
- Set the marshmallow pop (stick down) in a mug to allow the chocolate to set (you can put the mug of pops in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes)
- Once the chocolate is set, wrap each pop in a small cellophane bag.
Valentine Rice Krispies Treats
Recipe adapted from And Sew On.
- Four cups of mini-marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons
- Red food coloring
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- Saran wrap
- Melt 4 cups of mini-marshmallows in a pan with 3 tablespoons of butter.
- Add three drops of red food coloring and stir.
- Dump in 6 cups of Rice Krispies and stir again.
- Press into a greased 9X13 pan, and let cool for two or three minutes.
- Flip the pan of treats out onto a cutting board.
- Cut out hearts with a cookie cutter.
- Let cool then wrap.
Recipe adapted from Tastes Better from Scratch.
- 1 box of cupcake mix
- 1 can of icing
- 24 marbles
- Mix cupcake batter according to recipe directions.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Spoon batter into liners, being careful not to fill each cupcake more than 1/2 full of batter.
- After filling the liners, place a marble between the liner and the pan. You will see the cupcake take the shape of a heart.
- Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions. Allow to cool completely before frosting.