Whether you’ve been dating for two months or married for 20 years, Valentine’s Day is a time to express your love and affection for one another. Rather than buying overpriced chocolates and picked-over candy, why not surprise that special someone in your life with homemade sweet treats? From mouthwatering fruit to decadent dark chocolate, the best way to express your love is to delight his or her taste buds. The following Valentine’s Day candy recipes are easy to make and over-the-top delicious!
1) Tuxedo Strawberries
These chocolate-covered strawberries are almost too precious to eat… almost! Your loved one will appreciate the extra work you put in decorating them, and the nice blend of fruit and chocolate is something they won’t soon forget. From a healthy gift to a happy heart, these treats will surely please.
1 tub (7 oz.) White Dipping Chocolate, melted
16 fresh strawberries (with stems attached)
1 tub (7 oz.) Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate
Dip bottom 3/4 of each berry in white chocolate. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm.
Melt milk chocolate as directed on package. Dip 1 side of each berry in milk chocolate, then turn to dip other side, leaving “V”-shaped white center. Return to baking sheet.
Use toothpick dipped in remaining milk chocolate to draw buttons and bow tie on each berry. Refrigerate until firm.
2) Valentine’s Thins
Sort of like a cookie but really a cracker, this is one of those Valentine’s Day candy recipes that has the potential of making it into your mouth rather than their hands. (Think willpower!) Place them in cupcake liners and a pretty basket, and you’ve got a great V-Day gift.
36 Dinner Crackers with Whole Wheat
1 pkg. (8 squares) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
36 berry-shaped gummy candies (about 2/3 cup or 4 oz.)
2 squares Baker’s White Chocolate, chopped
Dip crackers in melted semi-sweet chocolate, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate.
Place in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets. Immediately top with candies.
Microwave white chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Drizzle over berry-topped crackers. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm.
3) Fantasy Fudge
You can’t go wrong with the gift of fudge. Ever. These bite-size sweets are like little bursts of happiness in your mouth. Make your Valentine fall in love all over again, this time with fudge! (Just hold off on the walnuts if your Valentine has a peanut allergy—an allergic reaction isn’t necessarily romantic.)
Servings: 40 (2 squares apiece)
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
1-1/2 pkg. (12 squares) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1 jar (7 oz.) Marshmallow Creme
1 cup chopped Walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla
Line 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 4 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Add chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted. Add nuts and vanilla; mix well.
Pour into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.
4) Oreo Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Cups
A wise person once said, “If I can’t have too many truffles, I’ll do without truffles.” This rings true for many of us—an all-or-nothing kind of attitude. This year, choose Valentine’s Day candy recipes that yield plenty of servings, so your loved one can splurge. Forget the calorie counting, ignore the bathroom scale and indulge with your sweetheart.
1/4 cup butter or margarine, divided
12 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed (about 1 cup)
2 Tbsp. raspberry jam
1 pkg. (6 squares) White Chocolate
1/2 cup whipping cream, divided
6 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
2 Tbsp. multi-colored sprinkles
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter; mix with cookie crumbs. Press onto bottoms of 24 miniature paper-lined muffin cups. Add 1/4 tsp. jam to each. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Microwave white chocolate, 1/4 cup cream and 1 Tbsp. of the remaining butter in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 minute; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is well blended. Spoon over jam. Freeze 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt semi-sweet chocolate with remaining cream and butter as directed for white chocolate. Spoon over white chocolate layers; top with sprinkles. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until firm
5) Double-Chocolate Filled Strawberries
The only thing better than chocolate-covered strawberries is double-chocolate filled strawberries! The chocolate in this recipe isn’t overbearing; instead, it provides a nice boost of sweetness to the juicy strawberries. What’s more, the Cool Whip-filling gives these tasty treats a nice, fluffy texture.
45 large fresh strawberries (about 2 lb.)
1/4 cup Low Fat Cream Cheese
1 cup cold fat-free milk, divided
1 pkg. (1 oz.) JELL-O White Chocolate Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Sugar Free Whipped Topping
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 square Bittersweet Chocolate
Cut stems off strawberries. Cut “X” in bottom of each berry; spread pieces apart to create opening in center.
Whisk cream cheese and 1/4 cup milk in medium bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in remaining milk. Add dry pudding mix; whisk 2 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and zest. Spoon into resealable plastic bag.
Cut small corner from bottom of bag; use to pipe filling into berries. Melt chocolate as directed; drizzle over berries.
6) Sweetheart Chocolate Lollipops
Get creative this V-Day with lollipops galore—your sweetie will thank you for it. With so many Valentine’s Day candy recipes to choose from, this one is unique and easy to make. Tie a bunch of lollipops together to create an adorable bouquet for your honey, or wrap them individually and share the love with friends and family.
4 squares Unsweetened Chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
4 squares White Chocolate
Assorted Valentine sprinkles
Heat oven to 350°F.
Microwave unsweetened chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Add sugar; mix well. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is stiff.
Shape dough into 30 (2-inch) balls; insert lollipop stick into each ball. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 8 minutes or just until firm. (Do not overbake.) Let stand on baking sheets 1 minute; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
Melt white chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over lollipops. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until chocolate is firm.
7) Valentine Marble Bark
If you’d like to make homemade treats for your loved one this Valentine’s Day but just haven’t much time to spare, marble bark is a super simple (and tasty) recipe. Whether your sweetheart chooses to nibble on it for an afternoon snack or eat it as an after-dinner dessert, one thing is certain: marble bark won’t last long. Place in a red container with a festive bow, and present your sweet gift with a smile!
2 pkg. (6 squares each) White Chocolate
3 drops red food coloring
Microwave each package of chocolate in separate medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until almost melted, stirring after each minute until completely melted.
Stir red food coloring into 1 bowl of chocolate until blended. Alternately spoon the chocolates onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Tap baking sheet on table to evenly disperse the chocolates. Swirl with knife for marble effect.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces.