Photo Credit: Cindy Hopper; California Strawberry Commission; Erin Malawer
You've printed out the Valentines, made the cute crafts and checked out sweet ways to make the day special. Now let's get to the good part -- eating! Whip up one (or a few!) of these fun Valentine's Days treats and snacks with your kids: Some are healthy, some are sweet and all of them will get your pint-size Valentines excited.
Mel’s Kitchen CaféLuscious, creamy and topped with ruby red berries, this fab dessert from Mel’s Kitchen Café will wow the crowd at any Valentine’s Day party. The buttery dough is definitely worth making from scratch, but you could pick up icing at the grocery store to save a step. Check out the how-to’s here.
Cut out pretty hearts from glittery paper and arrange these adorable cookies on top. These super simple designs from SnackPicks can be made in a flash—and will be gobbled just as quickly. Click here for more.
Strawberry Nutella Poptarts
The Novice Chef
Make your own Poptarts? Of course! These showstoppers from The Novice Chef make brilliant use of store-bought pie dough and naturally heart-shaped strawberries. Simply cut out the rectangles and smear the filling. Here are the delicious details.
Roasted Heart Potatoes
All kids adore spuds, so up the love quotient by stamping them out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Serve this side dish from Haniela’s as a lovely accompaniment to roast chicken or pork tenderloin. Click
Chocolate Pretzel Dippers Pretzel Sticks
Pretzel sticks get a seriously cute upgrade when they're dipped in milk chocolate (or dark for you, mama) and topped with a candy heart. (Serve them up in a pretty paper cone if you want to get all Pinterest-y!) These dipped pretzels from Creatively Christy are easy to make assembly-line style, and hit that crunchy-salty-sweet snack trifecta. Get the how-to details here.
Strawberry Yogurt Cones
Want your kid to swoon over yogurt? Squeeze that ho-hum Go-Gurt tube into a waffle cone and top it with strawberries and a few candy sprinkles. (Go ahead and make one for yourself, too.) Get the recipe.
Fruity Cupid Kebobs
Let's face it: Food is just more fun when it's on a stick. So borrow this easy idea from Allergy Smallergy and slice fruit (melon works best) into flat pieces and let your kids cut them into heart shapes with cookie cutters; then help them thread the pieces onto bamboo skewers. Get the how-to details here.
Muffin Top Valentine Cookies
Love From the Oven
Give standard (still-yummy) M&M cookies a Valentine's Day twist by making them extra big (Christi Johnstone of Love from the Oven made these thick, moist muffin-top cookies in a whoopie pie pan) and using pink, purple, white or red candies instead of the standard mix. Let your kids dump them in -- just make sure some of the pieces actually make it into the dough! Get the recipe.
Rice Krispies Treat Heart Pops
skip to my lou
Cake pops? Fun (there's that whole food-on-a-stick-thing again), but time-consuming. But these Rice Krispie pops from Skip to My Lou? Just as fun, and much easier! Simply make a pan of Rice Krispies treats, use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes, then push in a stick, dip one side in white chocolate and add candy sprinkles. Get the recipe.
Heart Soft Pretzels
Homemade soft pretzels are a fun project any time of year, but the heart-shaped snacks from The Artful Parent are especially perfect for Valentine's Day. Kids will love rolling and twisting the dough, sprinkling on the salt and, of course, eating them warm from the oven. Get the how-to details here.
Pancake Love Notes
Smart Food and Fit
For kids who "heart" pancakes, start the day with a sweet breakfast message. Put pancake batter in a squeeze bottle and help your kids spell out Valentine love notes or X's and O's. For a healthy twist, try this Green Tea Oatmeal Pancake recipe from Lisa Marie Nocera of Smart Food and Fit. Get the recipe.
Cream Cheese Heart Toasts
This sweet breakfast idea from Rachelle Doorley of Tinkerlab almost looks like a frosted cookie, but it's healthier (and way easier than rolling out dough). Cut heart shapes out of toasted whole wheat bread, spread with cream cheese and top with pink sprinkles. Get the details here.
DIY Conversation Hearts
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There's no getting around the fact that these homemade conversation hearts require some time and effort, but how cool is it that you can customize your own version of the classic Valentine candy? Make the dough ahead of time yourself, and let your kids stamp out the hearts. Then, once they dry (in about two days, so plan ahead!), your kids can personalize them with food pens. Get the recipe.
Apple Heart Sandwiches
Happy Together Creates
Who needs bread for a sandwich? Let the apples of your eye build their own healthy snack sammies. We love this idea from Happy Together, which combines sliced apples, peanut butter, granola and chocolate chips. Make it festive by using a heart shaped cookie cutter to "core" each apple slice. Get the how-to details.
Sweetheart Finger Sandwiches
These quick jam-and-cream cheese sandwiches make a sweet afterschool snack. And the best part? Your kids can do everything themselves. (Even clean up!) Get the recipe.
Valentine Pretzel Buttons
Three simple, kid-friendly ingredients -- pretzels, plain M&M's and Hershey's Hugs -- are all you need to make these adorable little snacks from g*rated. Cute and easy? We're in love. Get the recipe.