When I heard we were getting hit with a big snowstorm I decided to take advantage of the time stuck inside and do a little edible Valentine’s Day craft with my four year old. Cooking is something we always do together and it’s always a great way to keep us both occupied.
My son has been cooking with me in the kitchen since he was a few weeks old, strapped to my chest in a Baby Bjorn, but the older he gets, the more fun it is to have him by my side. Four years old is a great age to get more in depth in the kitchen. Measuring is something he can really understand now and has successfully mastered to the point where I can give him the instructions and trust him to carry out the task unassisted. It’s really exciting and I love to get him involved every chance I get.
Like I said, my son is four which means he’s super into desserts and even more so if they are presented on a stick (who isn’t right?). He’s also a huge fan of marshmallows so I decided to teach him how to make Rice Krispie treats. They are easy enough to make and I knew he’d never had them before so he’d be excited to try a new recipe. I wanted our recipe to be a something that felt crafty too so I decided to make these Rice Krispie treats festive by cutting them into heart shapes, dipping them in melted pink chocolate and sprinkling them with hearts. We even decided to use red and white colored straws as our lollipop sticks and I think they came out so cute.
Wrap each pop in a small cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon and you have yourself one adorable, edible Valentine. They also make excellent bake sale items and will definitely sell like fast so be sure to make a double batch.
Valentines Day Rice Krispie Treat Pops
Makes 12-14 Pops
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (10 ounce) bag of regular sized marshmallows
6 cups rice krispes
1 cup pink candy melts (you can buy these at the craft stores)
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1/3 cup sprinkles
12 lollipop sticks or straws, cut in half
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Using a 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts.
4. Melt candy melts using a double boiler. Remove from heat. Using a small offset spatula, coat half of each heart with melted candy and sprinkle with sprinkles. Place onto a wire rack until the candy coating hardens.
5. Gently skewer each heart with a straw or lollipop stick and serve.