Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Treats (Part 1)

I love Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, for many Valentine's Day cynics, February 14 is merely an over commercialized day in the middle of February where greeting card companies, candy stores, and florists attempt to suck the life and money out of you. Although I now understand such views, in my defense, I have loved Valentine's Day for as long as I can remember. Which means my affinity for the day began far before I even understood the concept of commercialism and profit.
Simply stated, for me Valentine's Day is pure fun. The explosion of red and pink hearts everywhere I look in the month of February always brightens my mood that has been long stifled by the many gloomy, dreary days of January. I especially look forward to the cute (and most often, chocolate) Valentine's goodies that we can whip up in our kitchen.
We got a head start on those chocolate goodies last weekend when we made two different kinds of chocolate Valentine pretzel treats.
For our first treat, we gathered our ingredients--small pretzel rods, melted chocolate, an array of Valentine's sprinkles, and wax paper coated cookie sheets:

Then, we dipped the pretzel rods in the melted chocolate: Rolled the chocolate dipped pretzels in the Valentine's sprinkles:
And placed them on a cookie sheet to harden:

It's a good thing that the creation of these treats wasn't messy:The kids had a blast creating these Valentine's confections and the best part was that they could (for the most part) do it all by themselves. After we were finished with the pretzel rods we moved to our next pretzel treat....

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