Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Tomorrow is the big day! The day for chocolate, hearts and most of all LOVE! This weekend my 6 year old son and I took some time to make these yummy and super simple Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites for his Kindergarten class party. I love snacks that are sweet and salty, don’t you? I promise these will satisfy the strongest of cravings. I thought I’d share the recipe and make it a tutorial, plus offer up some more sweet and savory Valentine’s snacks at the end of this post. Enjoy!
Heart Shaped Dove Chocolates
Valentine Colored M&Ms
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Grab a little helper and start placing pretzels onto a lined cookie sheet.
While your little helper is lining up the pretzels, unwrap all chocolates.
Center a chocolate onto each pretzel
Both milk and dark chocolate, make a nice contrast.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted but still retains shape
Press an M&M into each chocolate (not too far)
Place in a safe place (where you can’t eat them:) and allow to cool
on sheet until they are no longer soft. Overnight is best.
If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll see I have been busy collecting all sorts of wonderful sweet and salty Valentine snack ideas. Here are my top 10 recipes and tutorials, handpicked just for you!
1. Red Velvet Valentine’s Cakes
2. Stained Glass Valentine Cookies
3. Sweetheart Shortbread
4. Valentine’s Day S’mores
5. Popcorn Poppers
6. Roasted Heart Potatoes
7. Healthy Hearts
8. Conversation Heart Toast
9. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
10. Valentine Jelly Pops
Christmas is just 9 days away and just in case you’re looking for a thoughtful and tasty gift everyone will love and you will surely enjoy making, I’ve come to the rescue!
Each year I adore a little holiday baking with my son. Giving your friends and neighbors a gift from the heart that you made with your hands is a special way to celebrate the giving season and I’m happy to be passing along this tradition to him. Although he loves licking the spoon, bowl, beater, you name it:) Delivering our handmade goodies in person is actually his favorite part and I have to admit it warms my heart to see the look of joy and pride on his little face.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while hopefully you have enjoyed our past holiday baking posts like these candy treats, and the time we attempted handmade marshmallows. This year I’ve been intrigued by all those cute cupcakes-in-a-jar I’m seeing everywhere on the food blogs. I spotted an irresistible Red Velvet Cupcake Tutorial on Cakies. I too used Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcake recipe and it made 16 cupcakes. I suggest doubling her cream cheese frosting recipe since you are layering these cupcakes in the jar. I used 3 cups of powdered/confectioners sugar instead of 4 because I didn’t want the frosting to be too sweet. Adding double the amount of vanilla the frosting calls for is also a good idea. Huge note to self… when you make red velvet make sure you have enough food coloring on hand. I was just shy of the called for amount which is why mine are not a deeper red. Simple 8 oz jars can be found in any grocery store these days.
At last here is what we came up with. We sincerely hope you enjoy making these as much as we did. Plus what is more fun than making a handmade gift from the kitchen? The packaging! As a special Holiday Freebie from InkSpot Workshop to you we have included printable stickers and gift tags. Happy creating!
Note: I lost my pastry bag bag in Culinary School, so instead you can use a gallon sized freezer bag and cut the corner off. This will hold your piping tip nicely.
Download your FREE Printable 2 inch Stickers HERE
Note: if using this file print onto full label sheets and use a 2 inch round punch.
Or simply punch out of card stock and tape to the jar lid.
I used these glossy labels from onlinelabels.com
if you have these already, you can download this file which I formatted from the template.
You simply print this file directly onto the sheet of 2 inch labels.
Download your FREE Printable Hanging Gift Tags HERE
Note: You can use your favorite 2.5 inch punch for these tags.
I used this large flourish square punch
To make this adorable mini pom I used The Twinery’s Baker’s Twine in Peapod
and this tutorial from Lottie Loves
It’s December 12th and our last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Gifting countdown and we certainly hope we’ve helped you scout out some great finds this year. Be sure to checkout Day 1 Gifts For Your BFF, Day 2 Gifts For The Sweet Tooth, Day 3 Gifts For The Bookworm , Day 4 Gifts For The Organizer, Day 5 Gifts For The Barista, Day 6 My Personal Wish List, Day 7 Gifts For The Teacher, Day 8 Gifts For The Hostess, Day 9 Gfits For Kids, Day 10 Gifts For The Dog Lover and Day 11 Gifts For The Girly Girl.
I’ve saved the best for last with today’s picks for all FOODIES out there. I have been a foodie all my life and if I’m not cooking something I’m ordering food online or searching for hot new restaurants to try. I’m not that big into kitchen gadgets unless they perform some incredibly wild task, but mostly I just view them as clutter.
Today’s picks are filled with items any true foodie will enjoy. Happy Clicking and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I’ve already started planning for our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving for next year.
1. Personalized Recipe Cards + Box $59.00 (free shipping)
2. Revolving Spice Rack $39.95
3. The Flavor Bible $21.58
4. Candied Bacon Maple Cream Macarons $20.00
5. Leone’s Gianduioso Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce $11.60
6. Foodie Fight Game $22.95
7. Salts Of The World $36.00
8. Nutty Caramel Candle $9.99