Surveys may show Valentine's Day is borderline obsolete, but that doesn't mean your honey may not be expecting something sweet tomorrow! Or that it isn't nice to do something small to celebrate. And if you feel like buying chocolates isn't just pricey, but it can be so impersonal, homemade treats are definitely the most heartfelt way to go.
One option: Festive crispy chocolate hearts, which are easier than you think to whip up!
Crispy Chocolate Hearts from Southern Living
- 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels*
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 1/2 cups peanuts
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares, melted
- White nonpareils (optional)
- Microwave chocolate morsels in a large glass bowl at HIGH for 2 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in peanut butter, stirring until well blended.
- Stir in cereal, peanuts, and marshmallows. Line a 13- x 9-inch pan with foil. Lightly grease foil. Press mixture into foil-lined pan. Drizzle with chocolate. Sprinkle with white nonpareils, if desired.
- Let stand 1 hour or until firm; cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to make hearts. Store hearts in an airtight container or place in a candy box, if desired.
- *6 (2-ounce) almond bark coating squares may be substituted.
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