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Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites

(originally published February, 2012 can’t believe how small my now 8 year old looks compared to now)

Next week is the big day! The day for chocolate, hearts and most of all LOVE! This past 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!

Mini Pretzels
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! Also for some behind the scenes snapshots, be sure to check me out on Instagram.

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 Pop

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This is what my 2nd grader and I will be making over the weekend so he can share with his class on Monday. It’s soooo tasty and such a treat to give and receive.

Click HERE for recipe and free printable tags. ENJOY!

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Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! I don’t know about you but the ice cream sandwich is (in my opinion) the epitome of ice cream perfection. I’ve scoured the web and found some super unique and tasty ice cream sandwich recipes for you to checkout. You can find them all on my Ice Cream Sandwich Love – Pinterest Board. ENJOY!

Do you have a favorite ice cream sandwich recipe? Please share with us by leaving a comment.

Last week it was all about Cronuts, this week ice cream. My sweet tooth is getting the best of me this summer. Speaking of summer, did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? It’s also my birthday month (July 10th is my day) perhaps that’s why I love ice cream so much? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Hey…that’s this Sunday or should we say Sundae?

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, I thought I’d share a super simple Magic Shell recipe my friend recently introduced to. You all remember magic shell when you were a kid, right? You know the ice cream topping that goes on like fudge and dries into a crispy, crackly coating once it hits something cold? I couldn’t wait to share her recipe and other ideas with you…

DIY Magic Shell Recipe

2 parts coconut oil to 3 parts chocolate – make as much or as little as you would like
{Makes 1 Cup}

2 Bars of good quality chocolate, approx 3 oz each
3.5 Ounces of Coconut Oil

1. Chop your chocolate and add it to a microwave safe container with coconut oil. Allow to melt in 30 second intervals, until it’s all melted.

2. Pour over ice cream (or anything frozen), and watch it harden. Then crack it open. Magic!

3. Pour leftovers in a glass jar or bottle and store in fridge. All you need to do is re-melt in the microwave before using it again.

Try these other ideas for using Magic Shell pictured above from Marin Mama Cooks and Smile Monsters.

While doing a little research I found some AMAZING recipes for flavored Magic Shell, YUM! How about Peanut Butter Magic Shell? Really????

Or Biscoff Nutella Magic Shell? Say it isn’t so!

Want MORE ice cream ideas? Be sure to check out my favorite past post on National Ice Cream Month.

Original Photo: Los Angeles Times FOOD

In case you’re behind on the latest in pop sugar culture, a Cronut is a croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. It looks like and is fried like a doughnut, but it has the delicate layers of a croissant. Since the Cronut hit the scene in May, people have been lining up before dawn for a chance to try one of these beauties. I would too! Hey cupcake…word on the street is that you’re being replaced?¬† :)

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

Blackberry is the flavor for July, following the unique flavors of Rose-Vanilla and Lemon-Maple in May and June. There is only one flavor each month, stay tuned for August’s. The new Cronut is filled with blackberry-swirled vanilla cream, rolled in sugar and lime zest, and is topped with a blackberry glaze. Sounds like the best thing ever, right?

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

The line that forms outside the bakery before it opens at 8am (9am on Saturday) only adds to the mass hysteria. By 6:10am on Monday July 1st, the first day the Blackberry Cronut graced us with its presence, there were already 30 people in line.

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

By the time the bakery opened there were about 200 people waiting in line. While originally a single person could buy six Cronuts at a time, it is now limited to two per customer due to the insane black market that the Cronut mania has created. Dominique Ansel reported that he made around 300 Cronuts for July 1st. One of these pastries will cost you five dollars and it comes in this little gold box.

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

It might seem ridiculous to wake up so early and wait in line only to spend too much money on some hybrid pastry, right? Well the box alone is cute enough for me.

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

Having made croissants during my Baking and Pastry semester at Culinary School, I will always admire and savor the flaky layers of butter that get folded into each and every rolled out sheet of dough. So time consuming, yet worth it. Have I made a croissant since school? Ummm NO.

Here Is The Blackberry Cronut In All It's Glory

What’s next, a CROOKIE?

If you’re still trying to figure out exactly what a Cronut is, check out the chef’s CRONUT 101 page for even more info.

I personally have not yet tried a Cronut, have you? I just learned about them this week thanks to Food 52 who graciously gives us this Cronut recipe to make at home. During my Cronut research to satisfy my curiousity, I put together this Cronut Madness board on Pinterest.

Well, what do you think? Is the cupcake past it’s prime? I still think they’re cute and tasty, but we always have room for more sweets!