Gather the kids into the kitchen, it’s time to make a few easy Valentine treats that taste as sweet as the look. With your busy schedule we know you don’t have time to spend hours hand-crafting Valentine goodies, so we’ve put together 5 easy Valentine’s Day treats to make with kids of all ages.
This sweet treat is super easy to make and it’s a simple DIY Valentine for your child to share with friends, siblings and neighbors. Prep by placing a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet, then, in a large bowl combine:
- 8 cups Corn Chex cereal
- 3 to 4 cups pretzel sticks (broken)
- 2 cups Valentine (pink/red/white) M&Ms
In the microwave, melt 16-ounces of white chocolate (or white candy melts) and pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Stir to coat. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Melt 8-ounces red candy melts in the microwave and then using a pastry bag or spoon, drizzle over the mixture on the baking sheet. Toss Valentine sprinkles over the drizzle and chill in the fridge for about an hour. Break the Friendship Bark into pieces and place in baggies to share.
This strawberry smoothie is the perfect Valentine treat for kids to make for siblings or parents and it comes together in just a few minutes. To make four, 6-ounce “Love Potion” smoothies combine the following ingredients in a blender in this order:
- 1 cup ice
- 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 large banana
- 2 containers of your favorite yogurt, vanilla flavored
- 2 cups skim milk (or almond milk)
Blend the ingredients until smooth, pour into glasses and top each with a sprinkling of red sugar or edible glitter.
You’ll need fresh strawberries, cake pop sticks, white chocolate chips and edible pink sugar glitter. Remove the green tops off the strawberries, rinse and pat dry. Insert a cake pop stick in each strawberry at the top. Melt the white chocolate in a double-boiler or in the microwave. Dip each strawberry on a stick in the melted white chocolate (about halfway) and then dip the tip, while the chocolate is still wet, in the pink glitter sugar. Place on parchment paper on a tray and chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.
Valentine Munchie Mix
Perfect for a Valentine’s party or to share with friends, this Valentine Munchie Mix is as easy to make as it is to eat. In a large bowl, combine 6 cups popcorn (avoid heavily buttered varieties), one bag (11.4-ounces) milk chocolate M&Ms. Melt 12-ounces (one bag) of white candy melts in the microwave and then pour over the popcorn mix. Toss thoroughly to coat. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving in a bowl or placing in individual baggies to share.
Heart-shaped Fruit Kabobs
Fun for a classroom party or sneak a few into your child’s lunch as a surprise on Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped fruit kabobs are a great alternative if you’re trying to moderate the sugar intake this holiday. All you need are several cake pop sticks, a small heart-shape cookie cutter and fruit like pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe or your favorite apple variety. To have the kids help with these, the adult needs to first prep the fruit so it’s in manageable pieces. Let the kids use the cookie cutter to cut out heart-shape fruit pieces before threading each piece onto a cake pop stick (less pokey & safer than a bamboo skewer for younger children.)
A heart-shaped cookie cutter is one of the best gadgets to have in the kitchen for Valentine’s Day. Cut grilled cheese sandwiches into heart-shapes or make a pan of brownies and then cut out using the heart-shape. Frost with pink buttercream and enjoy! Other quick and easy Valentine treats to make with your kids include Valentine puppy chow—simply make your regular puppy chow recipe but add in pink, red and purple M&Ms.