Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Pops Recipe

These darling Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Pops are a darling treat to pass out to your Valentine or Valentine’s this year.  I love the pretty, sparkly finish that the colored sugar gives them.

valentines day chocolate dipped marshmallow pops

 

They are simple and fun to do, making it a great project for even the littlest ones to help you with. Set up your Marshmallow Pop making supplies in an assembly line fashion  and you can have dozens ready to go in no time!  Place in a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon or serve on a pretty festive tray for a Valentine’s party.   These are a great alternative to store bought treats for you child’s class and  the colors can be changed up to  make them more “manly”.  Don’t forget your hair dresser, mailman, or dog groomer while your passing out these sweet thinking of yous!

Ingredients

Paper Straws

Large Strawberry Marshmallows

White Melting Chocolate

Sugar

Food Coloring (I found easy to get natural food coloring!)

Waxed Paper

Instructions:

Lay out a large piece of waxed paper to set marshmallows on.

Melt chocolate in a heat safe dish in microwave for 15 seconds at a time,stirring between each round- otherwise you can melt in a double broiler.

To make the chocolate smoother for dipping -stir in 1 tsp. of vegetable oil after melting.

coloring sugar

Place about ¼ cup of sugar in a shallow dish, add 1-2 drops of pink or red food coloring and stir well, adding  color until desired color is reached- a little bit goes a long way.

coloring sugar red

Skewer your marshmallows with the paper straw, not quite poking through the opposite side.

dipping marshmallows

Use the straw like a handle and dip marshmallow in melted chocolate, gently shake off the excess.

rolling in sugar

While chocolate is still wet, dip marshmallow in colored sugar.

dipped marshmallows drying

Place on waxed paper to allow chocolate to set.

Store in an airtight container or bag.

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Pops Recipe
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • Paper Straws
  • Large Strawberry Marshmallows
  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Food Coloring
  • Waxed Paper
Instructions
  1. Lay out a large piece of waxed paper to set marshmallows on.
  2. Melt chocolate in a heat safe dish in microwave for 15 seconds at a time,stirring between each round- otherwise you can melt in a double broiler.
  3. To make the chocolate smoother for dipping -stir in 1 tsp. of vegetable oil after melting.
  4. Place about ¼ cup of sugar in a shallow dish, add 1-2 drops of pink or red food coloring and stir well, adding color until desired color is reached- a little bit goes a long way.
  5. Skewer your marshmallows with the paper straw, not quite poking through the opposite side.
  6. Use the straw like a handle and dip marshmallow in melted chocolate, gently shake off the excess.
  7. While chocolate is still wet, dip marshmallow in colored sugar.
  8. Place on waxed paper to allow chocolate to set.
  9. Store in an airtight container or bag.

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Valentine’s Day Macarons Recipe

This macarons recipe tinted purple is the perfect treat for your Valentine!

valentines day macarons recipe
Adapted From: Annie’s Eats

 

Ingredients:
212 grams almond meal
212 grams confectioners’ sugar
82 and 90 grams egg whites, divided
236 grams granulated sugar, plus a pinch
158 grams water
Purple gel food coloring
Buttercream icing (use this recipe, or get a jar of store-bought icing)

Valentine Macarons

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a sheet of parchment paper and trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line a cookie sheet.

Using a scale, weigh out the almond meal and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the 82 grams of egg whites. Mix together until well blended. The mixture will be sticky and paste-like — set it aside.

Valentine Macarons Process

In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat on medium-high until mixture reaches 200 degrees F. While it’s reaching that temp, go ahead and put the 92 grams of egg whites and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once the syrup reaches 200 degrees F, turn the mixer on medium speed and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. If this happens before the syrup is through, turn down the mixer to low speed.

Continue to heat the syrup until it reaches 248 degrees F. By this time, the egg whites should have reached soft peaks. Turn the mixer on medium-high and slowly pour the syrup down the side of the stand mixer bowl. Once it’s been incorporated, increase the speed to high and whip the mixture until glossy stiff peaks form.

Add in the purple gel food coloring to reach desired color. Remember, when you incorporate the meringue into the almost paste, it will lighten the color a bit.

Fold about 1/3 of the meringue into the almond paste. Add a little bit of meringue at a time to adjust the consistency of the macaron batter. It should be smooth and run in thick ribbons off the end of a spoon. You will likely have a bit of meringue left over. You don’t want it to be too thin, or it will spread too far when piped. If it’s too thick, flaws in the tops of the cookies will not work themselves out.

 

Add the batter to a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip and pipe it onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Don’t fill the circles completely with batter — it will spread a bit as it settles.

Allow the piped batter to sit for 5-10 minutes to settle before baking. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies have formed “feet” at the bottom and the tops have set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the parchment paper, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Valentine Macarons Process

Once cool, spread icing on the bottom of one cookie and use another to make a sandwich. I used some of the left-over meringue to attach small red heart sprinkles to the top of the finished macarons.

Valentine Macarons

Valentine's Day Macarons Recipe
 
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Purple colored macarons for Valentine's Day
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Valentine's Day
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 212 grams almond meal
  • 212 grams confectioners' sugar
  • 82 and 90 grams egg whites, divided
  • 236 grams granulated sugar, plus a pinch
  • 158 grams water
  • Purple gel food coloring
  • Buttercream icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a sheet of parchment paper and trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line a cookie sheet.
  2. Using a scale, weigh out the almond meal and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the 82 grams of egg whites. Mix together until well blended. The mixture will be sticky and paste-like -- set it aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat on medium-high until mixture reaches 200 degrees F. While it's reaching that temp, go ahead and put the 92 grams of egg whites and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once the syrup reaches 200 degrees F, turn the mixer on medium speed and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. If this happens before the syrup is through, turn down the mixer to low speed.
  4. Continue to heat the syrup until it reaches 248 degrees F. By this time, the egg whites should have reached soft peaks. Turn the mixer on medium-high and slowly pour the syrup down the side of the stand mixer bowl. Once it's been incorporated, increase the speed to high and whip the mixture until glossy stiff peaks form.
  5. Add in the purple gel food coloring to reach desired color. Remember, when you incorporate the meringue into the almost paste, it will lighten the color a bit.
  6. Fold about ⅓ of the meringue into the almond paste. Add a little bit of meringue at a time to adjust the consistency of the macaron batter. It should be smooth and run in thick ribbons off the end of a spoon. You will likely have a bit of meringue left over. You don't want it to be too thin, or it will spread too far when piped. If it's too thick, flaws in the tops of the cookies will not work themselves out.
  7. Add the batter to a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip and pipe it onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Don't fill the circles completely with batter -- it will spread a bit as it settles.
  8. Allow the piped batter to sit for 5-10 minutes to settle before baking. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies have formed "feet" at the bottom and the tops have set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the parchment paper, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cool, spread icing on the bottom of one cookie and use another to make a sandwich.
  10. I used some of the left-over meringue to attach small red heart sprinkles to the top of the finished macarons.

 

Your Love Gives Me Butterflies Candy Valentine Treats

These super cute and simple butterfly give away treats are perfect for a class Valentine exchange!  Smarties products are free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Smarties® products are safe to eat for kids with peanut allergies. They are also Vegan and Gluten free!  I’ve been searching around because I *think* Wrigley’s Big Red gum (that we used) is Gluten Free and Peanut free, but please check ingredients. I’m going to reach out to the company to find out for certain. You can always swap for something you are 100% certain is safe for you or your little ones to consume. If you want to send in SAFE and allergy safe candy Valentine treats, you will want to check these out!

valentines day butterfly treat

Supplies:

  • Paper in your choice of colors
  • Smarties candy
  • Sticks of chewing gum
  • heart or flower stickers (optional)

your love gives me valentines candy craft

Step 1

Cut 2 equal size, matching hearts for each butterfly you plan to make.  Overlap the hearts at the point and slightly angle the hearts so one end of your “wings” will be closer together than the other and glue together (or use 2 sided tape).  This is also when I added the heart stickers to the corners of the “wings” but this is optional.  You can decorate the wings however you like or not at all.

butterfly valentines craft progress

Step 2

Attach a stick of chewing gum down the center of the hearts to create the “body” of the butterfly.  Again, you can do so with glue or two sided tape.

butterfly valentine craft in process

Step 3

Attach the Smarties to the chewing gum using a bit heavier glue.

valentines day candy craft butterfly

The kids can write a personal message on the back of the butterfly for passing out to classmates or you could attach a string and tag to each.

Check out our adorable Valentine Plane treats too!

What kind of Valentine’s Day treats do you like to make or send in for your child’s class?

Flying High On Your Love Boys Valentine Treats

These Flying High for your love Valentine’treats are so adorable and so easy to make!  Fun candy planes  that will make a great boys’ Valentine Treat to bring to classmates (girls too of course!) Smarties are Vegana, Gluten, egg, dairy and nut free so they are a REALLY safe treat idea!!

candy planes flying high for your love boy valentine treats

What you’ll need:

  • Smarties candy
  • Life Savor mints
  • Sticks of chewing gum
  • Small rubber bands (we used loom bands)

You may also want stickers, pink or red paper, string, and tags for the to: and from: if they’ll be handed out as a school Valentine.

Step 1

You’ll need to unwrap the mints.  Slip 2 of your tiny rubber bands through one another to create a larger band with a knot in the middle.

candy planes assembly

Step 2

Slip the rubber band through 2 of the mints to make the wheels and place the Smarties (the body of the plane) in between.

candy planes in progress

 

Step 3

Lay a stick of chewing gum across the top of the Smarties and slip the rubber band over each side of the chewing gum to make the wings of the plane.

candy planes side

 

Simple as that!

candy planes close

Now, if you want to get a little more creative and spend a bit of extra time, here are a few things you can do!

Lots of chewing gum comes in foil wrappers.  You can wrap a piece of plain pink or red paper around the center of the foil wrapped gum and place heart stickers across the top of the “wings”.

If your children are handing these out to classmates, they’ll likely want to attach a tag letting friends know who this fun plane was from.  Tie a thin string from the tale of the plane and attach a tag for your child to write names on.  You may want to print a fun tag with the words “Flying High On Your Love Valentine” to attach to the tale.  This will look like the plane is pulling a banner through the sky!

Have fun & enjoy!  Check out the butterfly Valentine treats we made too!

“Owl” Always Love You Cake Pops

These Owl Always Love You cake pops will make a fun treat for Valentine’s Day!  They’re easy to make and you can really get creative with decorating them or letting the kids have some fun with them too.

owl always love you cake pop recipe

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Cake scraps or broken up cake ~ I used red velvet for a more festive color for Valentine’s Day.
  • Pink & White Candy Melt (or white chocolate colored pink or red)
  • Variety  of sprinkles for decorating – including hearts and flowers
  • Lollipop sticks

Most cake pops are created either by baking in a cake pop pan or by crumbling the cake and putting it back together with frosting.  The latter of the two methods can be a little too rich and with the first, you are limited on shapes and sizes by the pan you purchase.  This is an easy alternative.

Step 1

Crumble your baked cake into small pieces.  I used the scraps from leveling a cake that I baked for something else.  It’s a great way to not be wasteful and to make some really cute treats!  Place the crumbled cake in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.

After the cake has chilled, remove from freezer and begin packing the moist crumble into your desired shape around your lollipop stick.  For these owl pops, I made an egg like shape and used my thumb to make an indentation in the top which created the ears.  Once you’ve made your shape, return to the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

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Step 2

Heat the candy melt (or chocolate) according to package directions.  Stir until smooth.  Remove cake pops from freezer and using a spoon or spatula completely coat each pop with the candy melt.  Stand in a glass until candy melt sets.  It will harden fairly quickly with the cake chilled.

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Step 3

Heat a small amount of white candy melt or white chocolate to use for attaching the sprinkles to create the face, wings, and feet of the owl.  You could also use a contrasting color melt to make a heart shaped breast on the owl.  For these owls, I used a flower shape sprinkle for the eyes against a larger dot of white chocolate, an upside down heart for the beak, flowers for the feet, and a series of hearts to create the wings.

Allow the white chocolate to completely set.  Place in a mason jar or vase to create a bouquet or slip a treat bag over each owl and tie with a ribbon or attach a tag with the phrase “Owl Always Love You”!

What are YOUR favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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"Owl" Always Love You Cake Pops
 
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Fun Owl cake pops for Valentine's Day
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • Cake scraps or broken up cake ~ I used red velvet for a more festive color for Valentine's Day.
  • Pink & White Candy Melt (or white chocolate colored pink or red)
  • Variety of sprinkles for decorating - including hearts and flowers
  • Lollipop sticks
Instructions
  1. Most cake pops are created either by baking in a cake pop pan or by crumbling the cake and putting it back together with frosting.
  2. The latter of the two methods can be a little too rich and with the first, you are limited on shapes and sizes by the pan you purchase.
  3. This is an easy alternative.
  4. Step 1
  5. Crumble your baked cake into small pieces.
  6. I used the scraps from leveling a cake that I baked for something else.
  7. It's a great way to not be wasteful and to make some really cute treats!
  8. Place the crumbled cake in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.
  9. After the cake has chilled, remove from freezer and begin packing the moist crumble into your desired shape around your lollipop stick.
  10. For these owl pops, I made an egg like shape and used my thumb to make an indentation in the top which created the ears.
  11. Once you've made your shape, return to the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  12. Step 2
  13. Heat the candy melt (or chocolate) according to package directions.
  14. Stir until smooth.
  15. Remove cake pops from freezer and using a spoon or spatula completely coat each pop with the candy melt.
  16. Stand in a glass until candy melt sets.
  17. It will harden fairly quickly with the cake chilled.
  18. Step 3
  19. Heat a small amount of white candy melt or white chocolate to use for attaching the sprinkles to create the face, wings, and feet of the owl.
  20. You could also use a contrasting color melt to make a heart shaped breast on the owl.
  21. For these owls, I used a flower shape sprinkle for the eyes against a larger dot of white chocolate, an upside down heart for the beak, flowers for the feet, and a series of hearts to create the wings.
  22. Allow the white chocolate to completely set.
  23. Place in a mason jar or vase to create a bouquet or slip a treat bag over each owl and tie with a ribbon or attach a tag with the phrase "Owl Always Love You"!

 

Ombre Pancakes for Valentine’s Day

Here’s a fun and sweet way to make breakfast- Ombre Pancakes for Valentine’s Day!

Ombre Pink Pancakes (2)
Ingredients:

1 box or package of your favorite pancake mix (for best color adding results, a lighter mix (not wheat) will work best.
Many pancake mixes ask for different ingredients so take a quick look before heading to the store.  These are usually basics that many people already have on hand.

Baker’s food coloring in three different coordinating shades.  Or one quality food coloring that can be used at different strengths.   We used 3 different ones by Wilton.

Ombre Pink Pancakes (5)

Directions:

Prepare the pancake batter as directed then split into three (or however many different colors you would like) even parts.  Start by mixing in just a little bit of food coloring into one of the bowls to see the strength of the color.  Judge from there if you want to add more or less to determine if this will be your light, medium or dark batter.  Do the same for the additional bowls of batter.   Follow package instructions for cooking the pancakes the way you normally would. Try for uniform sizes when making them, using an ice cream scooper will help with this. Stack up and enjoy the love!

*Tips: mix all of your colors before cooking any pancakes.  Cook all of the batter from the first bowl before moving on to the other colors.  We used a slightly slower heat and did not use butter or oil for obtain the prefect coloring that didn’t brown.  The pancakes were still tasty-and you can add the butter when eating.

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Ombre Pancakes for Valentine's Day
 
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Holiday themed pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ngredients:
  • 1 box or package of your favorite pancake mix (for best color adding results, a lighter mix (not wheat) will work best.
  • Many pancake mixes ask for different ingredients so take a quick look before heading to the store. These are usually basics that many people already have on hand.
  • Baker’s food coloring in three different coordinating shades. Or one quality food coloring that can be used at different strengths. We used 3 different ones by Wilton.
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Prepare the pancake batter as directed then split into three (or however many different colors you would like) even parts.
  3. Start by mixing in just a little bit of food coloring into one of the bowls to see the strength of the color.
  4. Judge from there if you want to add more or less to determine if this will be your light, medium or dark batter.
  5. Do the same for the additional bowls of batter.
  6. Follow package instructions for cooking the pancakes the way you normally would.
  7. Try for uniform sizes when making them, using an ice cream scooper will help with this.
  8. Stack up and enjoy the love!
  9. *Tips: mix all of your colors before cooking any pancakes.
  10. Cook all of the batter from the first bowl before moving on to the other colors. We used a slightly slower heat and did not use butter or oil for obtain the prefect coloring that didn’t brown.
  11. The pancakes were still tasty-and you can add the butter when eating.

 

Chocolate Covered Cherries Cheescake Bites Recipe

Chocolate and Cherries go hand in hand, especially at Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  The next best things to the classic chocolate covered cherries are these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake Bites.  These fun and delectable treats combine the classic confection and a rich delicious cheesecake that satisfies your cravings.  This classy dessert is perfect for your next office party, holiday gathering or just special night in with your love.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake Bites

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES CHEESECAKE BITES

FILLING:

4 8oz Packages Cream Cheese (Softened)

½ Cup Sour Cream

¼ Cup Maraschino Cherries Diced

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Large Eggs

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Flour

  • In large bowl cream cheese, sour cream and eggs until smooth.
  • Mix in sugar, vanilla, salt and flour.
  • Stir in maraschino cherries and set aside.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 Tablespoon Sugar

½ Cup Butter Melted

  • In bottom of 9×13 dish mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and press into bottom forming crust.
  • Pour cheesecake mixture over graham cracker crust and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until set in center.
  • Remove from oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.
  • Once cool, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in freezer overnight.

CHOOCLATE DIP:

4 Squares Chocolate Bark

  • In medium microwave safe bowl melt chocolate bark on medium high heat for 30 seconds at a time until melted and easy to stir.
  • Cut frozen cheesecake into 2” squares.  Pierce each spear with a skewer and pour melted chocolate over cheesecake turning until all is coated.
  • Place dipped cheesecake on wax paper and sprinkle with sprinkles, colored sugar or cherry bits.
  • Allow to harden.
  • Remove skewer.
  • Serve or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Although this treat requires a few extra steps to create they are well worth your time to serve up a beautiful and delicious chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bite at your next dinner party or event.

 

 

 

 

 

White chocolate strawberries dipped in crumbled soft peppermint candy

Here’s a sweet little something that’s easy to make but will send their tastebuds soaring- White Chocolate Strawberries dipped in crumbled soft peppermint candy!  Perhaps a little Valentine’s Day surprise?

White chocolate strawberries dipped crumbled soft peppermint candy (2)

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh strawberries, ripe but not overly so
8 ounces of quality white chocolate
1 cup rough chopped raw coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Peppermint Candy (can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator).
3 ¾ cups powdered sugar
¼ to ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract (depending on how strong you would like the flavor to be).
4 ounces of softened cream cheese

Directions:

Thoroughly wash and dry your strawberries. To be certain they were dry I used a paper towel on each berry, including the green tops before dipping.  You will want them to be at room temperature before dipping.

While they are drying put together the peppermint candy.  In an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  (If your cream cheese is still a bit too chilled then the heat of your hands will help soften and combine everything easier).  Slowly add the powdered sugar to your cream cheese, we did about ½ to 1 cup at a time, make sure it was fully incorporated and then added more.  You’ll be looking for a consistency that is moldable but not sticky.  Once fully combined you’ll add the peppermint extract, again, mix or knead thoroughly.   If storing for a few day wrap tightly in plastic and store in the fridge.  If using right away, cover with a damp cloth until ready to dip the strawberries. You’ll want to crumble the peppermint ‘cream’ into smaller pieces that will be easy to dip into.

Melt your chocolate according to the package instructions.  Line a large tray with wax paper before starting.  With everything is out you will want to move quickly to ensure you’re able to add the peppermint before the chocolate starts to set.  (The chocolate will harden faster than you might expect-in only a few minutes).  After dipping carefully place each strawberry on the wax paper lined tray with enough space that they will not touch.  Cover tightly and put back in the refrigerator to fully set.   They should be fine to be out for a couple hours during a party, keep in mind they are done with cream cheese, so keep chilled and covered as much as possible.   Best when enjoyed the same day.

White chocolate strawberries dipped crumbled soft peppermint candy (1)

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White chocolate strawberries dipped in crumbled soft peppermint candy
 
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Dipped strawberries with a peppermint candy twist
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries, ripe but not overly so
  • 8 ounces of quality white chocolate
  • 1 cup rough chopped raw coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • Peppermint Candy (can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator).
  • 3 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract (depending on how strong you would like the flavor to be).
  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your strawberries. To be certain they were dry I used a paper towel on each berry, including the green tops before dipping. You will want them to be at room temperature before dipping.
  2. While they are drying put together the peppermint candy. In an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar. (If your cream cheese is still a bit too chilled then the heat of your hands will help soften and combine everything easier). Slowly add the powdered sugar to your cream cheese, we did about ½ to 1 cup at a time, make sure it was fully incorporated and then added more. You’ll be looking for a consistency that is moldable but not sticky. Once fully combined you’ll add the peppermint extract, again, mix or knead thoroughly. If storing for a few day wrap tightly in plastic and store in the fridge. If using right away, cover with a damp cloth until ready to dip the strawberries. You’ll want to crumble the peppermint ‘cream’ into smaller pieces that will be easy to dip into.
  3. Melt your chocolate according to the package instructions. Line a large tray with wax paper before starting. With everything is out you will want to move quickly to ensure you’re able to add the peppermint before the chocolate starts to set. (The chocolate will harden faster than you might expect-in only a few minutes). After dipping carefully place each strawberry on the wax paper lined tray with enough space that they will not touch. Cover tightly and put back in the refrigerator to fully set. They should be fine to be out for a couple hours during a party, keep in mind they are done with cream cheese, so keep chilled and covered as much as possible. Best when enjoyed the same day.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Valentines day Chocolate and GiftsI already love Whole Foods Market and I love chocolate.  So, you put those two together and I am a happy mama.    Last week I went to Whole Foods Market in Glastonbury for a blogger event.  They put out a spread of desserts and some savories for us to sample as we chatted about blog stats and posts.  They were showcasing their chocolates and Valentine’s Day offerings.

Dark Chocolate Covered Straberies and Valentine Heart cookies Whole Foods Market The main thing I love about Whole Foods is that they always have options for people with different diets.  I do not eat meat, dairy or eggs and they had gorgeous dark chocolate covered strawberries and samples of vegan candies and chocolates.  They also had a gluten-free chocolate cake.  For the omnivores, as my son calls himself, they had a mashed sweet potato topped with panko crusted shrimp and a maple/chocolate coated bacon.

Whole Foods is more than a grocery store.  They always have a great selection of books, fitness videos, clothes, candles and gifts for all ages.  For Valentine’s Day they have stuffed animals, candles, bath salts, cards, chocolates and more!  They even have great Valentine themed napkins.  As I write this post I realize I should have taken pictures of their amazing floral department.  The staff there are so knowledgeable and helpful.  You can run in last minute, pick up some flowers, chocolates and a prepared meal to make the perfect Valentine’s date.  Or better yet, send your loved one in with a list and let them bring it all home!

wholefoodsgiftswholefoodsswagI took a picture of just one of the end caps filled with gifts ideas.  They also sent me home with a fun swag bag that had some chocolates and an awesome soy candle in it.

Do you have a Whole Foods Market near you?  What is your favorite department?