Valentine’s Day is one of those wonderful holidays where the only gift you need to give is a little love to the people you care about most. As a mom, I spend all year doing the things I have to do with my kids and I like taking the extra time during the holidays to do the things I want to do with them. That usually means baking something extra special or surprising the kids with a breakfast made with love in the form of heart shaped pancakes.
This year we’re getting in the kitchen to spend some time together making treats our children as young as 3 can help create like these Dipped and Decorated Pretzels for Valentine’s Day.
Gather your favorite pretzel snacks. The large pretzel rods and twists work well for this sweet project but you can definitely dip the small sticks and twists too for a mini treat.
Candy melts are a great product for a non-chocolate flavor and come ready in fun holiday colors like red, white and pink. When melted the candy, use a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening to about a cup of candy melts. Microwave the melts in 30 second intervals, stirring each time in between until the melts are smooth and creamy.
Place a large sheet of wax paper over a hard surface. Dip and cover each pretzel covering about a third of the surface. Tap the pretzel on the side of the bowl to remove excess candy. If your bowl is too small, use a spoon to pour the candy melts over the pretzels (necessary for the rods).
Place the dipped pretzels on a sheet of wax paper and decorate with your favorite candy sprinkles.
Let the dipped pretzels harden for about an hour. You can also place them in the fridge for a quick chill.
The Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats are perfect for some special time in the kitchen with kids and even an affordable treat to make and take to school parties. Do you have a special treat you like to make for Valentine’s Day?