I am not the kind of girl who is really into Valentine’s Day. I never really have been. I know it’s like every girls dream come true with all the chocolate and flowers and jewelry. It just isn’t for me. But there seems to be something different about this year, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s seeing everyone’s cute ideas and yummy looking dishes and desserts posted all over the web.
So I came up with these cute little rice krispie treats as my contribution to the Valentine’s Day ideas all around the web! They are pretty simply to make. You could whip up a batch for you and your sweetie. Or maybe send them with the kiddos for their Valentine’s party.
6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1 10 oz. bag Strawberry Marshmallows
3 tablespoon Margarine or Butter
1 teaspoon Strawberry Extract (or more to taste)
Red Food Coloring
approximately 20 Green Candies; fruit roll-ups, fruit by the foot, gummies, tootsie rolls (I used lime tootsie rolls)
In a large sauce pan over low heat melt margarine or butter. Add in the marshmallows and melt until smooth, remember to stir! While you are waiting for them to melt you can spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Once the marshmallows are melted smooth add in the extract and food coloring until you get your desired taste and color. I always add in more coloring then needed because the cereal will lighten the color. Add in the cereal and mix well, then spread in the prepared 9×13 pan and press flat.
Once the mixture is cooled cut out the treats using a heart-shaped cookie cutter (mine was about 3 inches). Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatted out your green candies (I used the bottom of a drinking glass) and bend to looked like leaves, I made a little steam coming off the bottom to stick into the heart. Place the stem between the two bumps at the top of the heart and press together slightly to make it stay.
Melt some chocolate or chocolate coating. I used a 1/4 of the package of candy coating. Then dip the ends of the hearts into the chocolate and lay back on the lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate set and enjoy!