Some things just naturally go together: like peas and carrots; like bees and honey; like chocolate and pretzels. That's why I heart this Valentine's Day idea from The Hungry Mouse: Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Hearts.
This ingenious recipe makes good use of the (in my opinion, overlooked) fact that mini pretzels look just like hearts! A bunch of these little guys gifted in a pretty box or tied in wax paper with a bright red ribbon make an excellent V-Day treat for loved ones. Oh and they're easy but time-consuming to make: Sounds like an excellent opportunity to get the kids to help!
Mini peanut butter cups
Unwrap a peanut butter cup. Flatten it with one finger until the top layer of chocolate cracks, and you can see the peanut butter insides ooze out slightly. Place squished peanut butter cup on top of a mini pretzel and press lightly until it sticks. Set another pretzel on top—making sure it lines up exactly with the first—and press down lightly with palm to stick, like this:
Warning: You will break pretzels. Don't get frustrated— just start with a new one until you get the hang of it! (Snack on broken pretzels while making these treats to keep spirits up).
Once pretzels adhere to the peanut butter cup, set aside. Repeat with more pretzels and candy until you have as many as you like.
Melt chocolate in microwave or on stove in double boiler. Dip pretzels in melted chocolate and place on wax paper. Be gentle because the pretzels might fall apart. If the chocolate-covered pretzel looks more like a blob than a heart, use a knife to "sculpt" a heart shape, removing extra chocolate. Put in fridge until chocolate has set and is hard.