Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Pretzel Buttons and Valentine's Day Candy Bark

I made both of these recipes to take to the Dave Ramsey FPU class that we facilitate...which happens to be ON Valentine's Day this year.  I found these recipes on Pinterest(my new addiction) and wanted to get them up here so you could make these for your Valentine's day treats if you wanted.  They are super easy to make!

Valentine Pretzel Buttons
square pretzels
Hershey's Hugs or Kisses**Beth used Raspberry Hugs
plain M&Ms
Preheat oven to 200°. (If your oven runs hot you may want to turn the temp down to 170°.)

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat . Place the pretzels on and top them with the hugs.

Bake for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting - they should still hold their shape).

Carefully place an M&M in the center of each hug and press it down to spread the chocolate.

Valentines Day Candy Bark

8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips***
8 ounces milk chocolate chips***  Beth just used 24 oz Almond bark-Chocolate flavor
3 ounces pink candy melts
1/8 cup Valentine’s M&Ms (If you’re using a different flavor such as peanut butter or peanut use about 1/3 cup)
1/8-1/4 cup Valentine’s candy corn***Beth didn't use
1 box conversation hearts
1/2 cup chopped Valentine’s yogurt pretzels***Beth used regular pretzels, broken

Note: Do not use Nestle chocolate chips. They do not harden.

Measure out the Valentine’s M&Ms, the candy corn and conversation hearts. Chop the yogurt pretzels. Set the candy and yogurt pretzels aside.

Lay a large piece of parchment down. You’ll make the candy bark on this.

Put the semi sweet chocolate chis and milk chocolate chip in a large bowl and melt them in the microwave.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Spread the melted chocolate into a large rectangle.

Put the pink candy melts in a separate bowl and melt them in the microwave.
Drop the melted pink candy melts on top of the melted chocolate. I drop them in rows of threes.

Swirl the pink candy melts down and up. Then swirl back and forth. I go back and swirl the melted candy melts.

Place the candy and yogurt pretzels pieces on top of the chocolate.
Let the candy bark dry for at least 4 hours. Sometimes it takes longer so be patient.

Cut into giant pieces and enjoy!

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