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Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids

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.

Popcorn

Recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Pop popcorn and salt liberally. Place in a large bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the marshmallow popcorn onto a prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Drizzle the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn on the cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle the candy and sprinkles over the popcorn.
  7. Allow the popcorn to cool. Break apart and measure one cup into each ziplock bag.

Valentine’s Day Buttons

Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 50 pieces Pretzel Snaps
  • 50 pieces white or pink chocolate melting disks
  • 50 pieces Valentine M&Ms Or Candy Dots
  • Plastic baggies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. Pull the tray out of the oven and quickly press one M&M onto the center of each chocolate disk.
  4. Place the tray in your freezer to set.
  5. Once set, you can divide into your baggies.

Marshmallow Pops

Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats.

Ingredients

  • One bag of strawberry marshmallows
  • 4-8 oz. melting chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Small cellophane bags

Directions

  1. Push a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
  2. Melt the chocolate according to the package instructions.
  3. Dip one marshmallow at a time into the chocolate.
  4. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then sprinkle your sprinkles onto the chocolate.
  5. 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)
  6. Once the chocolate is set, wrap each pop in a small cellophane bag.

Valentine Rice Krispies Treats

Recipe adapted from And Sew On.

  • Ingredients
  • Four cups of mini-marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons
  • Red food coloring
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Saran wrap

Instructions

  1. Melt 4 cups of mini-marshmallows in a pan with 3 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Add three drops of red food coloring and stir.
  3. Dump in 6 cups of Rice Krispies and stir again.
  4. Press into a greased 9X13 pan, and let cool for two or three minutes.
  5. Flip the pan of treats out onto a cutting board.
  6. Cut out hearts with a cookie cutter.
  7. Let cool then wrap.

Heart Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Tastes Better from Scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of cupcake mix
  • 1 can of icing
  • 24 marbles

Directions

  1. Mix cupcake batter according to recipe directions.
  2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. Spoon batter into liners, being careful not to fill each cupcake more than 1/2 full of batter.
  4. After filling the liners, place a marble between the liner and the pan. You will see the cupcake take the shape of a heart.
  5. Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

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