Monday, February 2, 2015

Easy Valentine's Day Treat Ideas

Written by, Bernadyn 

 

Valentine's Day is coming up soon and that means sweet treats!  If you are looking for a no-fuss treat idea, here are a few that you can make in just a few minutes and with only a couple ingredients, mainly using candy chocolate melts, sprinkles or peppermint candy.  The main thing you will need is a multiple silicone heart tray and a doughnut candy mold.  These are fun to make and can be done ahead of time so you do not have to worry about doing them the day you need them. You can have them taken care of a few days before for less hassle!


Chocolate, Heart Molds

 

Candy Chocolate Melt Treats

 

Heart-Shaped Candy Molds

 

Chocolate, Heart Molds, Dessert

What You Need to Make Heart-Shaped Candy Molds:

  • 1 bag of Wilton's Candy Melts (I used light pink.  They also come in hot pink, red and purple if you want to use Valentine colors).
  • 1 silicone heart tray mold with multiple small hearts.
  • Sprinkles, optional
Heart Silicone Mold

Directions:


  1. Place the candy melts in a piping bag, then, melt the candy melts in the microwave using the instructions on the bag.  It should only take 1 or 1 1/2 minutes to completely melt.  Make sure you keep checking it every 30 seconds and squeeze the bag to help melt the chocolate.
  2. Pipe the chocolate into the heart molds.  If you want to add any sprinkles, now is the time to do so.
  3. I didn't have any air bubbles but if you do, you can lightly tap the tray on the table or counter to release them.
  4. Set the mold in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.  
  5. Check to see if it has hardened.  If it has, push out the mold carefully to take out the hearts.  They should come out easily.


Chocolate, Heart Molds

Doughnut Candy Chocolate Melt Treats


Chocolate, Heart Molds

What You Need to Make Doughnut Candy Molds:

  • Doughnut candy mold tray (You can find this at craft/hobby stores like JoAnn's).
  • 2 bags of Wilton's Candy Melts, 2 different colors or various colors. You can use light cocoa to make it look more like the color of doughnuts and then choose another color for the glaze on top.
  • Sprinkles, optional
Directions:

  1. Melt the glaze color first by putting the candy melts in a piping bag.  Follow the same heating instructions on the back of the candy melts bag.
  2. If you're using sprinkles, sprinkle them into the mold first.
  3. Pipe the first color, which should be the glaze, into the bottom of the doughnut molds.
  4. Melt the second color, the part for the rest of the doughnut in the microwave.
  5. Pipe that color on top of the glaze color.  Be careful not to spill over the top of the molds.
  6. You can gently tap the tray on the counter or table to release any air bubbles in the chocolate.
  7. Let it cool and harden in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  8. When it's done, flip the tray over and gently tap it with your fingers over parchment paper or a cookie pan to catch them fall.


Chocolate, Heart Molds, Doughnut Molds

These simple treats will be great to give out on Valentine's Day to friends, family, co-workers, etc.  Place a couple in small candy bags or in mini cupcake liners and present it in a small box.  Add a tag or card, too like the free printables in my previous Valentine's Day card and tags post.

Candy Molds, Doughnut Candy Molds

Peppermint Heart Molds

 

Another idea I had was to take peppermint candy and bake them in the heart molds.  These were also easy to make and are great to place in a jar to give as a gift especially for anyone who likes to have peppermints nearby on a desk.

What You Need:

  • 1 bag of peppermint candy, you may not need to use the whole bag, depending on how many you would like to make.  
  • 1 silicone multiple heart tray mold

Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Crush the peppermint candy into small pieces.  I wanted some small chunks to remain of the candy, so I used a mortar and pestle to crush my peppermint.  If you prefer them to just be crushed in a food processor, you can do that, as well.
  3. Pour the candy into the molds and bake for 15-20 minutes, just until they are melted.
  4. Let cool completely before trying to remove.  They will harden and be easy to take out from the molds.
  5. Push the hearts out slowly and carefully from the bottom of the molds.

Peppermint Candy, Peppermint Hearts


These peppermint hearts still tastes like peppermint candy, of course, just heart-shaped!

Peppermint Candy, Heart Candy Mold


What type of Valentine's treats have you been working on?  I'd love to know, please share and if you enjoyed this post, pin it and share it!



 

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