Valentine’s Day Love Candies

With Valentine’s Day just days away, these homemade Valentine’s Day Love Candies are a fun way to spread the love with a thoughtful candy goodness gift.  The final product is pretty and yummy with a crushed candy heart center.  Skip the store-bought treats this year and grab this simple recipe below!

Candy Recipe Pink Love Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Love Candies

Candy Recipe Pink Love Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bright Pink Candy Melts
  • ¼ cup Small Candy Hearts (red, pink, or white)
  • White Fondant
    TOOLS:
  • Fondant Roller
  • Fondant Knife
  • Peanut Butter Cups Candy Mold

Instructions

  1. Use a Candy Melt Pot to heat candy melts or microwave candy melts at 50% for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat at 50% for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat at 50% in 15-second intervals and stir until completely smooth. Do not over heat.
  2. Using a spoon, slowly pour candy melts into each circular mold. Fill only halfway. Gently tap mold onto countertop to remove air bubbles.
  3. Crush small candy hearts with a small spoon. Sprinkle crushed candy hearts into each mold. Cover with candy melts (to the top of the mold).
  4. Place mold in freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Knead fondant, roll into ball and flatten with fondant roller. Carefully cut out letters: L, O, V, E with a fondant knife. Tip: You can use a small frosting tip to cut out the O.
  6. Remove mold from freezer.
  7. Add a tiny amount of candy melts to the back of each letter and gently press each letter onto candies.
  8. Add a small amount of candy melts to the top of the remaining candies and sprinkle crushed candy hearts. Place all candies in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and serve!
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easy candy recipe LOVEFor other Valentine’s Day craft ideas check out our favorite Valentine for kids and our DIY Heart Felt Necklaces.

Happy Love Day!

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DIY Heart Necklaces | Sewing With Kids

Give her some homemade goodness this Valentine’s Day! Our DIY felt heart necklaces are super easy to make and are a great basic sewing project to work on with kids.

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Just gather some ribbons or trimmings, felt, stuffing, and basic sewing supplies.

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Directions:

  • Sketch heart patterns in various sizes.  Trace the hearts on felt and cut out pairs. I prefer small teeth pinking shears.
  • Cut ribbon to desired necklace length and stitch both ends to the inside of one heart.
  • Sandwich both hearts in between a bit of stuffing to form a mini heart pillow.  Be sure to conceal the stitched ribbon-ends on the inside and pin together.
  • Sew your mini heart pillow shut with contrasting thread.  I love the look of a hand-stitch for this project – but if pressed for time whip em’ out on your machine.

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Get the kiddos involved! Our newly minted 7-year old felt pretty amazing about threading a needle on her first try.  Guess who made her thread all subsequent needles?!

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Those blue-chipped fingers were hard at work mastering the mini pillow.  She got the hang of it after practicing stitch position on heart pillows that I sewed for her as guides.

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How sweet is little piggy’s bed? Handmade by a proud second grader.

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Don’t forget to fill your hearts up with hand-blown kisses before you sew them shut!

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So she can keep her mama love close to her heart all day long.

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Homemade Two-Bite Chocolates

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Lisa Codina shares her culinary journey and delicious family friendly recipes on her website Bites for Babies and in her cookbook, Bites fro Babies: 50 Healthy Recipes For Baby and The Family.  With two young kids and a thriving culinary business in Canada, we’re excited to have her share her decadent two-bite chocolate recipe: 
The holiday season is a time to be thankful for blessings, spend quality time with loved ones, throw dinner parties, and of course, eat way too many sweets and desserts! These decadent, homemade two-bite chocolates are treats that you can feel good about eating and giving to your children.
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I created this recipe a while back and since then it’s become my go-to, super simple recipe to serve to dinner guests, bring to friends and family during the holiday season, and of course, to keep stashed in the freezer to appease my sweet tooth when in dire need! The recipe is foolproof, requires only a few basic ingredients to prepare, and did I mention that they are absolutely delicious?!
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My family’s quite happy with this recipe however, I have modified the recipe on many occasions. You can personalize the recipe to suit your taste or make a copycat rendition of your favorite chocolate bar by adding a variety of ingredients, such as lemon/orange zest, raisins, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, a pinch of cayenne, peppermint or vanilla extract or sea salt, just to name a few!
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Ingredients
(Yields 30-40 chocolates, depending on size)
1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

1) In a large food processor, blend all the ingredients, scraping down the sides of the food processor a few times, until smooth and combined.
2) Using a teaspoon, scoop out the chocolate then dollop into a non-stick tray or a baking sheet or mini-muffin tin lined with parchment paper.
3) Flatten the chocolate with the underside of the spoon and/or gently tap the tray onto the counter to smooth out the chocolate.
4) Sprinkle each chocolate with your garnish of choice (or combine in the batter, if preferred).
5) Allow to set in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours.
6) Remove from the freezer, transfer to a plastic freezer bag or an air-tight container. Keep frozen until served.
7) Remove from the freezer about 4-5 minutes before serving.
*These soften very quickly so it’s best to eat them right out of the freezer. The longer they sit at room temperature the more they will soften and loose their consistency.

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Win It: Lisa is giving away a copy of her iBook or eBook, Bites for Babies!  To enter, visit her website, Bites For Babies, and leave a comment below.  Let us know if you’re following her culinary goodness (and glimpses of summers in Italy!) on twitter, instagram, facebook and pinterest – and you’ll get an extra entry.

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The Valentine’s Day Card

I wholeheartedly subscribe to the philosophy that good things should be repeated.  That awesome crock-pot meal should, in fact, be replicated over and over again (but not so many times that the household grows sick of it).

Luckily for me, Valentine’s Day only comes once a year. And these 3D-kid-holding-lollipop Valentine’s day cards have been a huge hit ever since I discovered them on Pinterest several years ago.  I wish I knew the source (you are brilliant!), but sadly, I don’t.

Simply take a photo of your kid holding their arm in the air. If you can position said arm in front of their bodies – it will give the card a nice 3D effect.  I added all the fun fancy hearts and love notes in Pic Monkey.  The printing was done at my local drug store.

DIY lollypop Valentine's Day cardSnazzy up your kiddos in fun clothes!  I didn’t have anything special for Adrian, so I removed the Target heart garland from the mantel and placed it around his neck like a lei.  Take that boring white T-shirt!  This is my little guy’s first year at school, and his first year giving out Valentine’s day cards.  Naturally I’m swooning over his hubba hubba look.  Lucia’s adorable sweatshirt is c/o RUUM, and she wanted to get in on the lei action as well.

Simply use a hole punch (or exacto knife)  to create two holes and insert a lollipop.

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

xo,

Monica

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Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treat Heart Pops

We’re in full fledged Valentine’s Day mode over here! This is the first year that both of my kiddos will officially celebrate Valentine’s Day at School.  Adrian is so excited about giving his friends “Valentimes” and has been sleeping with a card that he made me tucked under his pillow.  It truly makes a mama melt!

These heart shaped Rice Krispies Treats on sticks make for quick and fun festive goodies!  I like to use the Original Treats Recipe with added mini marshmallows for extra gooeyness.   We also added pink pearlized candy beads for color and a few pretty stick-on candy hearts.  The extras are of course optional but do give the treats that Valentinsey look.

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Simply cut the treats out with a heart-shaped cutter and perfect the shape by tapping into place with a butter knife if necessary.  Jam in a stick, add a few heart decorations and voila:

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Happy Valentine’s Day Loves!

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