With Valentine’s Day around the corner and my kids asking me to help them come up with a fun craft to do with their friends at their homeschool tutoring center, these pretzel hearts are right up my alley. They are an easy Valentine’s Day Craft idea that not only come together quickly but with only three main ingredients, they are a breeze to make – no special candy making skills.
To tell you the truth, I’m not a very crafty person. Sure, I’m creative, and I cook a lot… but when it comes to crafts, my daughter is the bomb. Well, she says she has a little help from YouTube, but you know what I mean.
I’ve had this video on YouTube for a while, on how to make these pretzel “hearts” with those pesky conversation hearts we all love to hate. You know, the kids come home from school on Valentine’s Day, and they bring home a few dozen boxes of them. So one year, I made this video to put them to good use.
What I love about the easy Valentine’s Day craft idea is that my kids can make them from start to finish with very little (if any) supervision. Ok, maybe when my kiddos were little, and they needed someone to melt the chocolate I had to do that; but now my daughter can easily do this on her own.
I think what the kids have the most fun doing is selecting the individual messages printed on the conversation hearts, and then they think of a person they want to give it to…, and that is where I start to hear the giggles coming from the kitchen.
Getting my kids in the kitchen can be so much fun and there is a lot of potential for learning new skills -especially listening to directions.
One of the biggest learning lessons in the kitchen -in my humble mom-opinion- is the importance of following directions if you want a recipe to turn out the way you want it to. This, of course, translates to other things in our lives, like doing what you are asked to do the way we tell them to do it -hopefully, the first time.
What’s great, is that these hearts can be packed inside a little cellophane baggie and gifted to their friends. My kids usually go to town making these, so we gift them to their friends, neighbors, and family.
I am a no fuss kind of gal, so I picked up a few cute clothespins from the dollar spot at Target, but if you have a bit of crafty knack, use some acrylic paint and a brush to paint them and a silver permanent marker to write a cute word or saying.
I know you and your kids will love making these fun treats. What are some of your favorite no-fuss Valentine’s treats to make?
Chocolate Pretzel Hearts, Valentine’s Day Treat
- 48 Mini pretzel twists
- 6 ounces White chocolate chips
- 48 Conversation hearts
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and line up pretzels by making six rows or eight pretzels on the baking sheet.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips, stirring to make sure they don’t burn every 30 seconds. Transfer melted white chocolate into a parchment bag or zip bag, cutting a small hole in the tip of the bag.
- Pipe melted white chocolate inside the pretzel to form a heart shape and immediately add a conversation heart in the middle. Repeat process with all pretzels.
- Chill pretzels until set, about 30 minutes. Separate from parchment paper and store in a dry airtight container or bag as treats.