Three Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

By Colleen McTiernan

From writing valentines to prepping delicious treats, getting your child ready for Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming. With class parties, doilies and cards galore, getting in the spirit to celebrate a day of “love” can be a struggle for all us parents. With Feb. 14 fast approaching, keep these recipes in your back pocket for an easy treat your kiddos can make for all their friends!

Marshmallow Pops

10 lollipop sticks

10 regular-sized Marshmallows

1 package red Wilton Candy Melts

1 package pink Wilton Candy Melts

White and pink Sprinkles

Melt each of the candy melt colors separately according to package directions. In the meantime, prep the marshmallow pops by sticking the lollipop sticks about halfway into the marshmallows.

Once the melts have become creamy and smooth, dip the marshmallows into the mixture so that the top half is completely coated. Decorate the candy-coated marshmallows to your liking with the pink and white sprinkles, then place them on wax paper to set.

Multi-Colored Candy Hearts

1 package teal Wilton Candy Melts

1 package white Wilton Candy Melts

1 package lavender Wilton Candy Melts

Silicone chocolate heart mold

Toothpicks

Melt the each of the candy melt colors separately according to package directions until melts are creamy and smooth.

For solid-colored hearts, use a spoon to fill each heart mold with the color candy melt of your choice.

To achieve a marbled look, spoon one color at a time into each mold. Starting with white, fill your mold about halfway. Then layer the teal or lavender candy melts over the white, filling the mold to the top. Use your toothpicks to swirl the colors together thoroughly. For a slightly different marbled effect, try filling the molds first with your colored candy melt (teal or lavender) and then topping with white before swirling.

Once all of the hearts are filled, place the mold into the freezer for about 3 minutes, or until the candy has hardened. Once the candy has set, pop the candy hearts out of the mold and enjoy!

Candy-Dipped Pretzel Sticks

10 pretzel rods

1 package pink Wilton Candy Melts

1 package white Wilton Candy Melts

1 package red Wilton Candy Melts

White and pink sprinkles

Squeeze bottle or fork

Melt the each of the candy melt colors separately according to package directions. Once the melts have become creamy and smooth, dip the pretzel rods into the mixture so that the rods are covered about ¾ of the way. Depending on the size of your container, you may need to use a spoon to fully coat the pretzel rod.

Once all of the pretzels are coated in the candy melts, decorate them with the sprinkles. You may also want to add a drizzle on your pretzels in contrasting colors by using the squeeze bottle or a fork.

Once they are decorated to your liking, place the pretzel rods on wax paper to set.

Parent Tip

Always make sure to let teachers and parents know that these are “homemade” in case there are any food allergies in the classroom.