Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Treats- Round 2

Hello all! The day full of chocolate, flowers and my least favorite color, Pink, is fast approaching! If you read my post from last year you might notice my attitude toward the holiday this year has changed slightly.  Maybe I’ve lost my cynicism in my old age {considering I even teared up in a movie this year- who am I?}, or because my passion for baking festive treats overpowers my lack of interest in the Hallmark holidays, or because I have the best boyfriend ever this year to be my Valentine.  Whatever the case may be, I am exceptionally more excited about making festive treats for friends and co-workers!
However, I still stand true to my theory that I don’t believe this holiday requires some fancy smancy dinner or extravagant gifts.  For me, Valentine’s Day is more fun when things are homemade! Cards, Gifts, Dinner, and always most important to us- DESSERT.  Now you can go order a $40 box of puny chocolate covered strawberries or pretzels from some online website, covered in hearts and drizzled in chocolate.  OR, you can listen to everything I've taught you in Last Minute Quick andEasy Valentine’s Treats and make them yourself.. with love and for a fraction of the price.  Guarantee your lady or gent would prefer the latter!
So this year I have a few treats that are even easier for you to try! And if you’re stuck in on your snow day today like I am- take a look around your house, dig up any chocolate you have laying around, and anything to dip in it, and make your loved ones or coworkers something special. So what I’m about to share  with you was planned and I unfortunately don’t keep Rolos lying around my house {or shall I say fortunately for my waist line}, but if you can’t get out today these literally take 5 minutes and you can whip them up quick before your dinner date tomorrow!
Valentine’s Rolo Buttons
Pretzel Snaps
1 bag of Rolos
1 Bag Valentine’s M&Ms*

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place Pretzel snaps flat on the tray. 
Unwrap the Rolos and place one on top of each snap.  Place the tray in the oven for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate begins to soften {it wont look melted, but it is so be careful!}.
Remove tray from the oven and press an M&M on top. Allow to cool, place in the fridge to speed up the process, then place in a bowl or wrap in cute paper, and ENJOY! 
* If you can't find the Valentine's ones anymore, get a regular bag and pick out all the reds :)

M&M Sprinkle Bark
6 oz Chocolate {Dark or Milk}
4 oz white chocolate {optional}
4 oz pink chocolate {optional}
Valentines M&Ms, chopped in half
Heart sprinkles
Sandwich size Ziploc bags
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate, stiring in 30 second intervals.  Spread the chocolate on the parchment paper, about 1/4 inch thick.

In separate bowls, melt the white chocolate. Drizzle it over the dark chocolate to make a marbled effect, either using a Ziploc bag or just quickly drizzle it with a spoon.  
Sprinkle on the sprinkles and M&Ms, pressing down lightly on any that are sticking out to  be sure they are secured in the chocolate.  Place the tray in the refrigerator  for 20-30 minutes or until hard.  Break{or cut}, into random pieces and serve!