simple “sweetheart” valentines

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and for the first time we have a student in our home! Our preschooler will be taking her little treats to school next Friday, and since her new baby sister is due just 6 days afterwards…I thought it best to get a jump on it.

 So, my goals were to keep them:

  • easy and super budget-friendly
  • tasty / attractive
  • using age-appropriate wording
  • freezer-friendly
  • easy for “Mr. Kloverhouse” to assemble should I be in the hospital with a newborn

My first thought was to order each child a book through Scholastic at just $1 a piece, but that would have been $30, so let’s see if this option kept me under that mark…

 

Supplies needed (non-food items):

  • treat bags (two 20 count) Target dollar section = $2
  • ties that come with the bag or ribbon (I chose ribbon b/c I had it on-hand.  Pics show ties.) = Free
  • heart stickers or cut-outs (I had a heart diecut, so I chose that option over purchasing stickers.) = Free
  • hole punch = Free
  • Washi tape (optional) Target dollar section = $1
  • Blank Valentine cards (Target dollar section) = $3
Supplies needed (food items):
  • heart-shaped strawberry/vanilla marshmallows (I bought 3 bags at $.99 each.) = $2.98
  • 1 bag of baking chocolate (I already had a bag of pink on-hand, so mine was free, but for estimating cost sake, I’ll add it in as a purchase.) = $4.99 (Price listed on Amazon)
  • Valentine sprinkles (Wilton Micro Hearts) = $4.49
  • Dove chocolate hearts = $3.49

Grand total: $21.95  (My actual total, subtracting the baking chocolate: $16.96)

So, not bad!  Definitely a little more work than the books, but the girls helped me out and we got to exercise our creativity.

Steps:

  1. Place marshmallows on parchment paper (in pairs of pink and white)
  2. Melt baking chocolate and unwrap Dove chocolate hearts
  3. Using a spoon, spread baking chocolate on the marshmallows
  4. Sprinkle each white marshmallow with the sprinkles, and place a Dove heart on each pink marshmallow (b/c chocolate on a strawberry marshmallow is just the right thing to do, right?!)
  5. Repeat until all marshmallows are decorated
  6. Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze until needed

  1. In the meantime…create cards
  2. Pair cards according to color combos desired
  3. Cut cards in half (I love my Martha Stewart paper trimmer)
  4. Punch heart-shaped hole in each card or affix a heart sticker to each front
  5. Affix the cutout of another color inside the card so that it’s visible through the opening (I used “Quick Dry” Tacky Glue)
  6. Write the words: “You are a Sweet” allowing the cutout or sticker to say “heart” for you
  7. Help your little sign the inside of the card or fill it out for them

  1. Once ready to assemble, place a pair of marshmallow hearts in each treat bag
  2. Punch a hole in the corner of both the bag a card
  3. Attach the card to the bag using either the ties or strings
  4. Secure bag’s seal with a piece of decorative Washi tape (optional)
  5. Done!

 

(Also an option…Rice Krispie Treat hearts (using a cookie cutter).  Simply prepare the Rice Krispie Treats, adding the sprinkles in while mixing.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the treats out onto the pan, cover with another sheet of parchment paper, roll flat, and refrigerate until firm.  Using the cookie cutter, cut out hearts, place in bags, tie and done!  That would be an even cheaper option, but I liked that the mini marshmallows were different and could freeze well for a few days.)

 

 

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