3 Simple Ways to Treat Your Valentine

If you have not had time to think about a treat for your special Valentine tomorrow, or if the thought of trying to make a special treat from scratch intimidates you, it’s okay.  Here are 3 simple recipes to impress the heck out of your Special Someone and help you cook with confidence.  They are affordable and super duper easy to prepare.   Also, you don’t have to buy multiple ingredients for multiple recipes, you can use the same ingredients to prepare all of them.

Ingredients for ALL 3 recipes: Family Size Mini Pretzels; Reese’s Pieces Miniature Peanut Butter Cups; Pink, White and Red Sprinkles; Tiny Conversation Hearts; and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips 

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  1. Look-A-Like Truffles

Unwrap your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Stick one on to the end of your fork.

Press lightly so you don’t split your peanut butter cup in half!

Melt 1/4-1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes.  During your microwave time, stop the microwave and stir the melting chips to avoid burning them.

Dip your peanut butter cup in the melted chocolate and twirl it around.  P1090450.JPG

Roll your truffle in a plate of pink and white sprinkles.

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Carefully slide your dipped peanut butter cup on to a pan lined with parchment paper.  (Cut the parchment paper to fit your pan.)

P1090455Put your pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.  You can also refrigerate overnight.  P1090476They look just like truffles!  It took just minutes, not hours to prepare them.  They taste oh so luscious and tasty too!!

2. Skillet Fudge

This super easy fudge will look like it took you loads of energy and time to prepare!  It’s the perfect after-dinner dessert to go with the tasty twang of sparkling cider.

I made mine in a small 8 inch cast iron skillet.  If you don’t have an iron skillet, that’s ok too.  You can cook yours in a small pan.P1090483

Chop up 2 handfuls of pretzels with a knife.  Then chop up an equal amount of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  There is really no right or wrong amount.  Just make sure there are equal parts.

Pour into pan.  P1090487

Turn your stovetop onto medium heat (or 4-5).   Stir the chocolate pretzel mixture with a spoon as it melts.  Add about 1/2 cup of your mini chocolate chips and keep on stirring until it looks like this:

P1090491YUMMY!!! I want to dip my spoon in this chocolate deliciousness and taste it right now!

Spread out the top with a spoon until it looks smooth, (or somewhat smooth), like this:P1090499

Now chop up a handful of pretzels as fine as you can with a knife.  Put them on parchment paper on a pan.  Put into the oven at 250 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Check on them often so they don’t burn.  This will put a tasty crisp on all of your pretzel topping  You can skip this step if you don’t have time, but it does add an extra punch of flavor to your dessert!

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Sprinkle those tasty toasted pretzels onto the top of your fudge. P1090504

Put into the refrigerator and refrigerate over night.  You can also put into the freezer for about 1 hour if you need to quicken the process.

Serve it up in Valentine’s style.  Your Valentine will swoon!P1090538

How to decorate the glass:  Wipe the mouth of your glass with a wet towel.  Dip face down into whatever sugar you have on hand.  (I used cane sugar because that’s what I had.). Turn your glass right side up and it’s all ready to go!

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3.  Pretzel Nuggets

These tasty nuggets of pretzel and peanut butter were inspired by this recipe Conversation Heart Chocolate Pretzels pinned from the beautiful lifestyle blog “Living Locurto.”

Go to her website to discover how to make these little nuggets of goodness!  They are sooo delicious!  I wanted to eat them all!  You can make a variation by substituting Peanut Butter Cups for Rolos.

To make another variation: Once you make the recipe, after you remove them from the oven, you can turn the melted chocolate over and dip it in your leftover red and white sprinkles!P1090422

Wrap your little Truffle Look-A-Likes and Pretzel Nuggets in tissue paper to give them away.  I put mine in a glass heart dish that can be found for only $1 at the Dollar Tree. P1090553

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Your treats are ready to give your special Someone!

The fun thing about these chocolate treats is that they aren’t just limited to Valentine’s.  You can make them for Christmas, for a party at work, a baby or bridal shower, a Galentine’s Day Party, or just to munch on when you need a snack late at night.

Let me know if you have any questions.

XOXO,

Hub City Girl

 

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “3 Simple Ways to Treat Your Valentine

  1. Hey, girl, these pictures look fantastic! Your hard work is paying off, I can see the difference in this post. It all looks SO yummy and makes me want to make these!

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