I want to make this the easiest Valentine’s Day for you yet! So, I have a series of recipes for you…
But they’re not really recipes I guess. They’re more like quick-assembly treats.
Relieved? Thought you would be!
Valentine’s Day, whether you spend it with someone you love, with a group of friends, or even if you’re going to spend it alone surrounded by treats and chick flicks, should be easy! You shouldn’t spend hours or days in the kitchen making elaborate desserts and stressing out over getting your pretty outfit dirty! Save that for…next Tuesday if you must.
Lets start with these adorbs Chocolate-Dipped Valentine’s marshmallow Pops.
I’ve had several people ask me how to make cake pops. That’s great, and I have many tips for you, but these people were in a pinch for a quick but adorable dessert. Not the right time to tackle cake pops for the first time! My suggestion was to go with marshmallows instead! They cut out a bunch of unnecessary steps and always turn out impressively.
Plus, if you’re planning on serving hot cocoa (pretty much the key to my heart), they make the most perfect stir-sticks!
Chocolate-Dipped Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops
What you’ll need:
Standard sized marshmallows
½ cup milk or dark chocolate morsels (I used dark chocolate because that’s just what I prefer)
Cake pop sticks (I found mine at Target but I’ve seen them at Michael’s craft stores too)
~First, melt your chocolate, either in a double-boiler on the stovetop or in the microwave (half-power, 30 second intervals, stirring occasionally, until melted)
~Insert the sticks into as many marshmallows as you’re going to use. Have a pile of sprinkles (or separate small bowl) ready.
~Dip the marshmallow into the chocolate, twirling the chocolate up the sides of the mallow. Let the excess drip off. Carefully press the chocolate-dipped mallow into the sprinkles, rolling so they cling on all sides.
~Set the finished marshmallow on it’s “head” to dry on a piece of parchment or wax paper. If you have a peg board or cake pop holder, now would be a great time to use it! Dip and sprinkle all of the marshmallows you wanted to make.
~Let the mallow pops dry completely before taking them off paper (or removing them from your holder). It helps to put them in the fridge for 30 min. Package them in cute little cellophane bags with a bow or serve alongside a cup of cocoa!
The winner of my Breakfast for Dinner Cookbook Giveaway, via random drawing, is Jen! Congratulations girl!
Strike up a conversation: Have you ever made an elaborate Valentine’s Day dinner for someone? What did you make?
PS – Umm… I can’t NOT mention the Destiny’s Child reunion on the Super Bowl Half-Time Show! My junior high self was screaming with delight!