It’s the month of L-O-V-E! Your little ones can join the Valentine’s Day celebration with fun & festive treats you can make together!
I remember making a mailbox out of a milk carton when I was in elementary school, and setting it out on my school desk for other classmates to fill with notes and candies. As a child, nothing was more exciting than returning to a full box of cartoon Valentine notes and bright goodies.
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We're about to share some of the cutest edible Valentine's Day snacks you'll ever see. Your kids will LOVE these fun treats and you'll love how easy they are! Ready?
TRY ONE OF THESE EASY HOLIDAY TREATS
Contrary to the pink and red holiday shelves at the grocery store, Valentine's Day treats can have a healthy side. That's why we are starting with some FRUITY fun ideas for your littlest loves:
- Cupid's Arrow – Two ingredients and a toothpick, no baking and no mess! These adorable hearts with arrows through them are about as easy as it gets!
- Fruity Love Notes – The banana peel is your canvas! This is the easiest way to sneak a Valentine love note into your kiddo's lunch box.
- Love Bug Fruit Cups – I can't believe how cute these little fruit cup “love bugs” are! For the crafty mamas who aren't afraid of a little construction paper and glue, these are an adorable sweet treat alternative!
- Chocolate-filled raspberries – Two ingredients….TWO! This little treat is pop-in-your-mouth perfection. Your kids will love getting to help add chocolate chips – white or chocolate – to the center of some raspberries for some low-mess finger food!
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries – if there ever was an official dessert for this particular holiday, I think it has to be chocolate-dipped strawberries. Not only does our sister site Fun Cheap or Free have a recipe, it's also got some fruit prep and storage tips for you too!
Things are going to get a little less healthy from here on out, with some fun kid-friendly twists on some classic treats.
SWEET AND CHOCOLATE-Y VALENTINE'S DAY SNACKS
If you think V-Day is synonymous with chocolate, we might just be best friends. Milk, dark, white……give me all of it. Here's some more traditional-style Valentine treats you can make at home!
- Sweetheart Bears – We love a three-ingredient recipe! These absolutely adorable bears will make your little ones smile!
- Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies – A perfect little trail mix combo with cute little pink touches!
- Cinnamon Roll Hearts – This is a cute “twist” (get it…?) on a sweet breakfast treat – reshape those cinnamon rolls into clever hearts!
- Pink Cake Mix Cookies – Have you tried using a cake mix box as a base for homemade cookies yet? If not, here's a recipe to try this baking hack with a pink spin on it!
- Valentine's Day Bark – Consider this a craft and recipe all in one – and there's NO wrong way to do it! Get your kids involved in decorating the holiday bark any way they please!
Mmmmm, my sweet tooth is coming out! If you're looking for something a little more balanced between fruit and candy, here are some more savory breakfasts and snacks to celebrate the day.
SAVORY VALENTINE'S DAY BREAKFASTS AND SNACKS
Start Valentine's Day off on the right foot with one of these fun dishes:
- Tic Tac Toast – Use your breakfast to add conversation hearts for a fun morning game before school! This tic tac toast idea is one way to dress up Valentine's Day morning.
- Bacon Bouquet – If you're already cooking bacon, here's an adorable way to shape them into festive roses for a holiday touch.
- Heart-Shaped Egg Cups – All you need is heart-shaped baking cups to turn our easy egg muffins into some V-Day magic!
- Pancakes – We're obsessed with heart-shaped pancakes! Top them with strawberries, drizzle with chocolate, or give them “eyes.” You could try “x” and “o” shapes, too. No matter how you serve them, no one will complain about pancakes!
- Love Cheese – cheese is one of my kids' primary food groups….we can't keep enough of it in the house. If you're the same way, here's one of the easiest ways to add a Valentine's flare to an after school snack.
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE TRADITIONS
As you can see, you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen or tons of money to make Valentine's Day magical for the kids! Pick one of these recipes and start a new tradition. It's a great way to make memories!
Does your family have any fun Valentine's Day traditions? Spill the deets! Leave us a comment below or head over to our Shelf Cooking Facebook group.
We also have this list of TOTALLY FREE ways to make Valentine’s Day special for your kids, including this Free Printable to share the “10 Things I Love About You” with all your special sweeties!
Happy Valentine's Day!