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Monday, February 13, 2012

My Valentine Treats

I was soooo not in the mood to make more Valentine Treats for my daughter to take to school on Tuesday. I've been taking the treats that I have been posing here and delivering them to her class for after school snacks.
God forbid they stay in the house...

I digress. 
She has been enjoying Valentine treats for the past two weeks and I feel so pressured to come up with the most fantastic party treats to take in. I don't work well under pressure!
So, when a friend asked me to make some cake pops for her son to take to class, I figured I would jump on that train and make some for my daughter.

So I baked and cake and got to work. For the season, I had to go with red and white and throw in A LOT of heats and sprinkles.  I used a heart paper punch and the Wilton Sugar sheets to make the hearts.
I also wanted to add some variety, so I made a handful of chocolate covered pops and decorated them with pink, blue and orange jewel tone sprinkles. 
I love the contrast!

The Wilton Sugar Sheets are very easy to work with. I buy a paper punch and reserve it for food use only. 

I also found some Strawberry Marshmallows that were perfect for Valentine's Day! 
Come on! They are PINK! How perfect is that??

And, because some people prefer sweet and salty, I made a few candy covered pretzel sticks.

These treats are all so easy to make. You just need the supplies to get going.
For the Marshmallows you need:
1 Bag of Marshmallows
Red Candy Melts
White Candy Melts
Lollipop sticks
Stand for drying (Styrofoam, a short glass)

Insert the lollipop stick into the marshmallow and dip into the melted candy coating. Allow any excess to drip off, then add your sprinkles.  Allow to dry standing up.

For the Pretzels you need:
Pretzel Rods
Red Candy Melts
White Candy Melts
Cookie sheet lined with Wax Paper

Melt your candy coating as directed and pour into a deep (tall) coffee mug or plastic cup. (Another great use for your Blue Dixie Cup!) Dip the Pretzel Rod about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way into the melted candy coating. Allow the excess to drip off and then lay flat on wax paper. Decorate with Sprinkles!

If you are unsure about melting candy coating, see this entry.
If you would like to learn more about making cake pops, watch my YouTube videos, and see this entry

Have a Great Valentine's Day! 
  - The Pint Sized Baker

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