Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. This can be a romantic love, a family love or a friendly love. Children especially love this holiday because it involves candy and the making of arts and crafts. Parents and teachers should use this time to teach their kids how to make some Valentine's Day snacks.
Valentine's Day Cookies
A few cookies with a glass of milk make a fun snack. Make Valentine's Day cookies with sugar cookie dough, which is sold in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, and heart shaped cookie cutters. Place them on a baking sheet and decorate with some jimmies (also known as sprinkles). You can also bake them plain and decorate them after. Bake your cookies at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool and decorate with pink or red icing. You can also place the jimmies (or sprinkles) on top of the icing.
Optional: If you don't have any pink or red icing, you can add a few drops of red food coloring to some vanilla icing. The more drops you put in, the darker the color.
Snacks with a Message
Purchase a package of graham crackers, a tub of vanilla icing, a box of alpha bits cereal and some red food coloring. Add 10 drops of red food coloring to your tub of icing and mix until the icing is pink. Spread a layer of pink icing on each graham cracker. Now take your alpha bits and spell out a message on each graham cracker. The icing will make the alpha bits stick. Some messages you could use are, "Be Mine," "Love You," and "Hug Me." Arrange your graham crackers on a platter and serve to the kids.
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
Melt two large Hershey's chocolate bars in a bowl in the microwave on high for two minutes and stir. Now dip one marshmallow at a time in the chocolate and then quickly remove. Place the chocolate covered marshmallow on a sheet of wax paper. While the chocolate is still hot, shake on heart shaped sprinkles. They will stick to the chocolate. Place the sheet of wax paper with the marshmallows in the refrigerator for one hour and serve.
Optional: Place a toothpick in each marshmallow so that it is easy to pick up.