Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day is in just two days!  Have you finished making treats for the special people in your life?  I haven’t made anything for Friday … I’m so behind!  My hubby was home last week … we hung curtain rods, went grocery shopping … very exciting stuff ;)  Having him home is nice, but I fall behind in other things … like blogging, visiting other blogs, Facebook … trying to play catch-up now!

I thought that a recap of a few past ideas may be fun and inspiring.   These are some of my favorites …

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Nutter Butter Hearts  … Nutter Butters are suitable for all occasions!

edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s totally edible!

Very Vanilla Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes … I love the marbled hearts!

valentine snocaps

Hand Made Valentine Sno-caps … these were so easy to make!

Peas be my Valentine

Peas in a Nutter Butter Pod … what can I say … more Nutter Butters ;)

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M&M’s Lovebirds … I just love these guys!

We are staying home for dinner on Valentine’s Day … what are your plans?

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Individual Ice Box Cakes … pretty in pink!

The little Ice Box Cakes that I made for you today came about for a number of reasons …

  • I love Ice Box Cakes and have been meaning to make individual ones!
  • The combination of dark chocolate and pink is so pretty!
  • Peppermint seems like a good choice for Valentine’s Day … fresh breath is a good thing!
  • I believe chocolate hearts are required on Valentine’s Day … at least in my book!

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These were soooo easy to make … you can make as many or as few as you want … love the convenience of individual servings.

At Christmas time, I had seen Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips featured in several recipes, but never saw them at my grocery store.  Then, earlier this month I spotted them at Target … they jumped right into my cart and came home with me!  I knew that I needed them for Valentine’s Day and with dark chocolate.  SweetWorks sent me some delicious (I know … had to taste test) dark chocolate hearts wrapped in pink foil … it was the perfect decoration for the top of these little cakes!

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Individual Ice Box Cakes

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Soft Pink Americolor gel food coloring
  • 18 Chocolate Wafers (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 6 Dark Chocolate Hearts
  • Parchment paper or 6 cupcake liners flattened
  1. Place medium size bowl and whisk (or beaters) in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cream, sugar and a drop or two of food coloring to cold bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.  Add more coloring if desired.
  3. Cover a tray with parchment paper or cupcake liners.
  4. Place six chocolate wafers on prepared tray, add a spoon of whipped cream to each wafer, repeat two more layers (3 wafer and 3 spoons of whipped cream).  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. To serve, remove each cake and top with (about 1 tablespoon) Peppermint Crunch and a chocolate heart.  Makes 6 servings.

Hints and variations:  Using the flattened cupcake liners makes it easy to remove from the tray and serve.  You could also assemble the cakes on individual plates, cover and refrigerate.  Don’t want to whip cream … substitute Cool Whip and eliminate powdered sugar.  Substitute mini chocolate chips for the Peppermint Crunch.

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the dark chocolate hearts!

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How to Mend a Broken Nutter Butter Heart

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep … start thinking about everything under the sun?  I had one of those nights … thought about new Christmas projects, chocolate, dirty laundry and Valentine Nutter Butter cookies!

I wish Nutter Butter cookies were made in a variety of shapes … since they aren’t … I felt the need to make my own heart shape for Valentine’s Day.  OK, it’s time to cue the music and start singing … How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees … or just hum along.  I do have the answer to the question … you can mend a broken heart with chocolate … at least a broken Nutter Butter Heart ;)

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I was home alone when I cut the first cookie … I had never seen this done before … did I invent a Nutter Butter Heart?  My imagination took over … I felt like a genius, an inventor, maybe a mad scientist … could almost hear Alton Brown laughing in the background … yeah, I got a little carried away!  The Peanut Butter Man came home … I shared my Nutter Butter Heart invention … reminded him that I’m a genius, again … he laughed, again.  Why does he laugh at me?  However, he was very happy that it involved Nutter Butters, as usual ;)

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I want to share my joy with you …

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Easy as pie!  Cutting the cookie at different angles creates different shape hearts (as in the above photo).  I used a gentle back and forth sawing motion and with a small serrated steak knife on a cutting board.

I used my electric griddle (on warm, about 150°) to melt several colors of candy coating/candy melts/chocolate …

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Gathered various sprinkles and pearls…

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Then, I used a Nutter Butter heart to draw 4 patterns (a little larger than the cookie) on white paper …

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  1. Cover the paper pattern with wax paper.
  2. Use melted candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag to draw the outline (add pearls if desired) let it dry for a few minutes.
  3. Fill in the majority of the heart with melted candy.
  4. Place the Nutter Butter on the melted candy immediately, press the two halves together, push on the center seam  if necessary.  Drizzle with melted candy and add sprinkles.

Then I tried this method …

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To form one whole heart … I dipped one half in melted candy, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it on wax paper … dipped the other half, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it so that it touched the first piece and attached as the chocolate hardened. Chill for a few minutes.  I cleaned up uneven edges of chocolate with a small sharp knife … then added decoration.

To form two halves … a.k.a. a broken heart … I followed the same steps but did not let the two pieces touch on the wax paper.

P1030531 Nutter Butter Valentine's Day Heart

Can you tell that it’s made from a Nutter Butter?

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Valentine’s Day Recap

This is just a reminder that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  Are you ready?  If not … don’t panic … I thought that I would do a little recap of a few quick Valentine’s Day ideas.

Treats for the young and old …

  Edible Cupcake Box

    Valentine Bug Cupcakes

  Conversation Marshmallow Pops

  Strawberry Heart Marshmallows

    Valentine Sno-Caps

  Red Velvet Bottom Cupcakes

A few ideas that can be made in a big batch, divided up and packaged for individual treats …

Chocolate Caramel Salty Peanut Bark

  Chocolate Peanut Popcorn

I would like to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who voted for me in the Celebrations Cupcake Crown contest!

A Cupcake Box … that’s edible!

Now that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away … I have a yummy and simple project to share with you!  By the way … this isn’t just for Valentine’s Day.  They could be used as cute party favors too!

I like to use candy melts for this project because of color variety, and if you break some cups … you can remelt and reuse the candy!

This is what you will need …

  • Candy Melts (or chocolate)
  • Meringues – because they look like icing (I found them at Trader Joe’s or make your own or use something similar in shape and size)
  • Candy to fill the cups (M&Ms or ?)
  • Sprinkles or candies (for decoration)
  • Mini muffin pan
  • Mini muffin paper liners

First, place paper liners in the pan and melt the candy melts.  Put a small amount of candy in the paper cup …

Smooth the candy up the sides of the paper.  Do a thin coat and let it set up, then repeat.   I used the back of a teaspoon, but use what is good for you (small paint brush?) …

Pop it in the fridge to firm up …

If you see any thin areas, apply a little more candy.  Peel off papers …

Look at your candy cups … you did it … and it was pretty easy!  What else could you do with them?  Fill with mousse, fruit, ice cream or ?

Fill your candy cups with candy.  Are you wondering about the banana candy?  They are like Runts candy.  Remember, it’s Valentine’s Day … “I’m bananas for you”!!!  Visit Sweetology … she has a very cute little tag that you can copy!

Now the cupcakes need icing … or the boxes need lids.  Some of the meringues had broken tips, but that’s OK …

I used melted white chocolate to “glue” the candies to the meringues …

This is another suggested use for these edible boxes … feel free to use it as a hint for a Valentine’s Day gift …

Candy and bling go together so well!

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Valentine’s Chocolate and a Martini

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Barry Callebaut Chocolate Demonstration at a local cooking studio.  Chef Alicia Boada from Callebaut gave a very informative and delicious demo.

The demo started at 12:30pm with a chocolate martini and raspberry truffle.  What a way to start an afternoon ;)

Followed by a tasting of chocolate … oh, the things I have to endure in the name of research …

Then we observed the making of Dulce de Leche Molten Chocolate Cake with Carmelized Banana and Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream … I do believe everyone was drooling …

Eating all of this was a tough job … but I successed.  I did it in the name of research … and the love of chocolate!

Anyway … I didn’t share this to torture you.  I thought of a very easy Valentine’s Day idea.

Did you notice the chocolate syrup striping on the glass with the chocolate martini?  I thought you could use the same idea in an actual martini glass with chocolate syrup or melted chocolate like I did …

I found that the angle of a martini glass makes this very easy to do.

This could be used for so many things … martinis (of course), any dessert or chocolate milk for the kids.

I filled it with some mousse, chocolate sprinkles and topped it with a heart that I had made from the Valentine’s Sno-Caps cupcakes.

I am sharing the Chocolate Martini recipe … it’s a good one!

Chocolate Martini (courtesy of Kitchen Wizards)

3 oz chocolate Liqueur

2 oz vanilla vodka

1 oz half and half

1 Tbsp. chocolate syrup

Shake

Pour over crushed ice.

You can stripe the glass with syrup before pouring.
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Conversation Heart Pops

Last week my husband was on vacation from work.  We didn’t go anywhere … except shopping … Target, WinCo, Costco, etc. … and bought waaaay toooo much candy.  He has been bugging me to open and eat the conversation hearts.  I kept telling him “no” and that I was going to use them for my blog.  Now that the bag has been opened … I guess they are going to be gone shortly.  I don’t know why he likes those hard little candies … and now that he has seen my soft and chewy pops … he wants those too!  I do have to hide candy from him … I think he knows what I do :)

My conversation hearts are … guess what … marshmallows!  I’m sure you probably guessed … knowing my obsession and all.  Believe me … if I find new marshmallows … I feel compelled to buy them.

Before we start … let me say that you will see imperfections in my pops.  Just remember that these are made with marshmallows … which are not perfect … they may have little lumps or bumps.  Don’t worry about perfection … it’s only candy … have fun!

This is what you will need …

  • Jumbo HeartMallows (about 60 per bag)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Red Edible Marker
  • Candy melts – assorted colors (3-4 pounds to do 60 pops)

I wanted light-colored candy melts … but I only had bright pink candy.  So I started with melted white chocolate (candy melts) and added pink until I got the shade I wanted.  I ended up using 4 parts white to 1 part pink …

First dip the tip of your stick in melted candy.  This will help “glue” the marshmallow to the stick …

Then insert it into the marshmallow and set aside to let the candy harden up …

Now cover the entire marshmallow with melted chocolate and tap off all excess candy …

Lay the pop on waxed paper or place in a fancy dancy homemade pop holder … then put in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up …

Use the marker to write messages on room temperature pops.  I used some of the sayings on the real conversation hearts … or be creative …

Note:  Be careful not to touch the writing, it may smudge.

Visit the “Dollhouse Bake Shoppe” for a Virtual Valentines Party … lots of fun ideas and recipes!

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