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Feb 7, 2014
DIY Valentine's Day Candies
You and the kids can channel the do-it-yourself movement with these easy and tasty recipes to share with loved ones on Feb. 14 and beyond!
Valentine's Day! Make this holiday special by putting together a box of candies with your kids. But instead of store-bought candies, make your own. That's right, it's time for do-it-yourself candy making! Your kids will be amazed when you make conversation hearts from scratch. Other candies are simple to make with these recipes for Valentine's Day chocolate bark, homemade turtle candy or slow cooker chocolate candy. If you want a real challenge, try making your own cherry chocolate heart truffles. These impressive melt-in-your-mouth treats are hand-painted with edible luster, which you can find it at most craft stores (who knew?). Break out the chocolate – it's time to make Valentine's Day candy!
Three ingredients make up this simple recipe for Valentine's Day chocolate bark from Crunchy Creamy Sweet. Start with graham crackers and then pour over melted chocolate followed by pink sprinkles and color candies. If you need a quick treat to give away to your kids' teachers, this is the recipe!
Roll up your sleeves – these candies take time to make, but they're worth every sweet, decadent bite. First, make the creamy centers for these do-it-yourself cherry chocolate heart truffles following the recipe from Oh! Nuts. Once you've made the middle, the hearts take a dip into melted dark chocolate. Last step: paint (yes, paint!) with edible luster.
Make homemade conversation hearts from Serious Eats using some surprising ingredients. Sprite soda gets added into gelatin and powdered sugar to make these fun candies.
You can make cookie sheets full of these homemade turtle candies from Yankee Magazine in just minutes. Here's how it works: First, layer square pretzels on a baking sheet. Then, place chocolate-covered caramel candies on each one followed by pecan halves. Melt the candies for 4-5 minutes at 200 degrees. Drizzle melted chocolate to top off these treats.
Country music star Trisha Yearwood shared her recipe for slow cooker chocolate candy with The Food Network. You can make it, too. Layer peanuts, chocolate chips and almond bark in the slow cooker and put it on low (don't stir yet!). After 3 hours, stir and place scoops in muffin wrappers.
Fifteen minutes to fudge! Melt together chocolate frosting with butter and chocolate chips to form the base of this microwave marshmallow fudge from Taste of Home. Once melted, stir in walnut pieces and miniature marshmallows – and let the mixture cool in a greased pan. Cut into individual fudge pieces. Enjoy with your sweetheart!