The Perfect Valentine’s with Brach’s Candy Conversation Hearts #shareyourlove

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the classics! Every year that I can remember has been sweeter with Brach’s Conversation Hearts. As a child, I would analyze the messages and decide who should get what phrase. As I grew up, I loved to try to spot new messages on my Brach’s hearts. 

Now I am a mom and a wife, but Valentine’s Day still has the same sweet traditions with Brach’s. Every year I give my boys a box and sit back with my own classic snack. The boys love to analyze the messages and snicker at them while I reminisce over the conversation heart messages of my past.
Brach’s are for more than just sharing in a box! Over the years I have found so many cute and creative ways to incorporate Brach’s Conversation Hearts in my sweet treats for the holiday.

 Brach’s® Valentine's Candy

We received a box full of Brach’s candies including Tiny Conversation Hearts, Large Conversation Hearts, Sweet & Sour Conversation Hearts, Very Berry Conversation Hearts, Tiny Conversation Hearts Boxes 5 Pack, Jube Jel Cinnamon Lips, and Jube Jel Cherry Hearts.

If you are a busy mom like me, you might like a few of my ideas that make use of Conversation Hearts! With Valentine’s Day parties coming up and the kids being older I am searching for the perfect treats to send to school with them this year. That’s when I know I can rely on Brach’s® candy to help me prepare treat bags for the boys’ classmates.

A cup of pudding can become a declaration of love. On busy days in February, I like to sprinkle a few select hearts onto a cup of vanilla pudding for a love note the boys can eat. You know that they say the way to the heart is thru the tummy; this easy snack idea sends the love to the tummy in a sweet way!

Baked goods are pretty sweet as is; but adding a classic like Brach’s conversation hearts adds flavor, color, and sweet sentiments. Baked from scratch, or straight out of a box, adding Brach’s Conversation Hearts adds a sweet sentiment to any baked good!

Try Brach’s Easy Peasy Valentine’s Cupcakes

If you don’t have time to decorate, adding a few conversation hearts to cupcake icing, or even just sprinkling them around your tablescape takes the decorating to a sweet level. 

Classic candies like Brach’s Conversation Hearts makes the holiday sweeter, with tradition and a mix of pop culture from the messages printed on them, you can’t go wrong at Valentine’s Day with America’s classic heart candy!

Do you have a tradition of gifting Brach’s Conversation Hearts? I would love to hear more about how they make your Valentine’s Day sweeter.


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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Voortman’s Bakery Wafers for Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I naturally start thinking about treats, roses, cards and all things sweet. They really make it hard to resist getting in the spirit of things! Everything I see in stores or online is cuter than the last!

With three school aged kids, I have to prepare myself for the classroom parties; there are cards to address, awesome Valentine boxes to construct and of course, goodies to share! In years past I made printable treat bag toppers, and whipped up one of a kind snacks to send to school. But this year is a little different.

This year, instead of losing sleep, or feeling like I have let the boys down, I am going to turn to a trusted favorite brand and let Voortman‘s treats do the sweet talking for me.

Voortman’s cookies are a pantry staple at my house. My boys love them as an afternoon snack and you can’t go wrong with a cookie for dessert. On busy nights, I thank my lucky stars for a brand we can all agree on, and feel satisfied with.

Chocolate Chip

My favorite flavors for Valentine’s Day include Chocolate Chip cookies, Fudge Coated Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Salted Caramel Wafers, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Fudge Coated Salted Caramel Wafers

To make the process simple this year the boys and I decided to send a few packages of Chocolate Chip Cookies to the class for a treat during the party. Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie and going with a classic flavor from a trusted brand means everyone can indulge.

But, what about the treat to send home with classmates? Sure I could go with a bag of suckers or even a trinket like a pencil, but kids don’t really want pencils and we all know that the boys will bring home a handful of suckers and other candies from their parties. We thought it over and decided to make a snack bags.

voortman's bakery cookies and wafers perfect for valentine's day.

Each snack bag has Voortman’s Treats including the Strawberry Wafers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ziploc bags
  • heart shaped foam pieces
  • marker
  • glue or tape
  • printable tags
  • Voortman’s Cookies and Wafers

These unique and tasty flavors are perfect for sharing. They are also a lot more gratifying to snack on than a lollipop!

This year, if you are short on time, or maybe not into baking so much, follow my lead. Head to the nearest grocery store and stock up on Voortmans cookies. They are the perfect way to share a smile this Valentine’s Day.

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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received samples from Voortman’s Bakery in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day Love Bugs

This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

There is something incredibly sweet about cake balls! They are perfect for sharing with friends and they are the ideal size for having a snack on the go! The small size of cake balls also makes them just the right size for sharing with the kids, in a classroom setting! This Valentine’s Day, I have a recipe for Love Bug CakeBalls that I think is going to cause people to go a little buggy, over their cute appearance and delicious flavor! This recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 1 container prepared white frosting (not cream cheese)
  • 1 bag of shredded coconut
  • 1 container gel red food coloring
  • 1 container gel pink food coloring
  • 1 container of small candy eyes
  • 1 package white chocolate
  • 1 package of milk chocolate
  • 1 container of small red and pink hearts
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Wax paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pastry bags
  • Small pastry tips
  • Pencil or marker

Make the Fuzzy Love Bugs: 

  1. Bake the strawberry cake following the directions on the box.
  2. Allow the baked cake to cool completely.
  3. Remove from the cake pan and put into a large bowl.
  4. Using your hands crumble the cake.
  5. Add ½ of the container of the prepared frosting.
  6. Now begin to blend the frosting with the crumbled cake by working the two together with your fingers.
  7. Test to make sure that you have used enough frosting by making a ball out of some of the cake/frosting mixture.
  8. Add more frosting if the cake is not holding its shape.
  9. Make your small cake balls.
  10. Place the cake balls into your freezer for about 15 minutes.
  11. While your cake balls are in the freezer begin to prep the coconut.
  12. Place your coconut into a zip lock bag.
  13. Pour the pink coloring into the coconut bag.
  14. Seal the gel food coloring and coconut.
  15. With your hands work the color throughout the coconut.
  16. When the color is even on all of the coconut, place in a bowl

Dipping the love bug in chocolate: 

  1. Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  2. Follow the directions on the package.
  3. Reserve some of the melted white chocolate for the feet and antennas.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Using two forks dip the cake balls into the melted candy.
  6. Ensure that all of the cake balls is covered with the melted white chocolate.
  7. Dip each chocolate coated cake ball into one of the bowls of colored coconut.
  8. Roll to ensure all of the cake balls are evenly coated.
  9. Set the coated cake balls onto the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  10. Use a drop of melted white chocolate to “glue” the candy eyes onto the cake ball.

Chocolate feet and antennas: 

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a pencil or marker draw feet for your love bugs. Set to the sidePut the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  • Follow the directions on the package.
  • Once melted, spoon the melted chocolate not your pastry bag
  • Twist the top to secure the chocolate in the bag.
  • Trace your outline of your feet with the chocolate
  • Now fill the feet with your chocolate so it is solid

Antennas: 

  • Take your white or regular chocolate and pipe thick lines on wax paper
  • You can have fun here be creative straight or curvy…
  • Now add your heart candy on the end.
  • Remove your chocolate feet and place on another cookie sheet
  • Take one set of feet and then add a drop of melted chocolate to the middle of the feet and place a cake ball right on top.
  • Now take a knife and create to slits on top of the cake ball for the antennas.
  • Carefully insert your antennas into the cake ball.
  • Repeat process with all love bugs.
  • Let your love bugs sit for 1 hours before serving.

I hope you enjoy these Love Bugs as much as I did creating them.

This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

20 Creative Valentine Bark Recipes

Creative Valentine Bark Recipes

A few years ago I was gifted  homemade bark from a neighbor and I think it has been on my mind every moment since. I love all of the variations and flavors! While the process of preparing bark is simple, it makes for such a tasty and impressive treat! From simple recipes with only a few ingredients to recipes that assemble a candy that is nothing short of being a work of art that are almost too special to eat!

This year for Valentine’s Day I am going to be making bark to share with all of the sweet people in my life. From friends and family to teachers and classmates. I have found 20 Creative Bark recipes that are inspiring my sweet tooth and I know you are going to love these ideas too!

From Valentine’s Bark to Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark there is a recipe on this list for everyone you know! I don’t know many people who would be disappointed to get a gift of handmade candy! 

  1. Valentine’s Bark by Lil Luna
  2. Valentine Cinnamon Bark by Love From The Oven
  3. Valentine’s Candy Bark White Chocolate by A Side Of Sweet
  4. Valentine’s Brownie Bark by Taste And Tell Blog
  5. Graham Cracker Crunch Valentine’s Day Treat by Simple And Seasonal
  6. Cherry Bark by Shugary Sweets
  7. Healthy Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bark by Amy’s Healthy Baking
  8. Easy Valentine’s Day Bark by My Crazy Good Life
  9. Valentine’s Chocolate Pretzel Bark by A Night Owl Blogs
  10. Valentine’s Day Bark Candy by Crayons And Cravings
  11. Marbled Raspberry Dark Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark by Sarah Hearts
  12. Valentine Oreo Bark by Crazy For Crust
  13. Cinnamon Rock Candy by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
  14. Love Heart Chocolate Unicorn Bark by Wallflower Kitchen
  15. Sweetheart Swirl Bark by Sally’s Baking Addiction
  16. Hearts Valentine Chocolate Bark by Mom Foodie
  17. Peanut Butter Lovers Chocolate Bark by The Anthony Kitchen
  18. Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark by Life Love And Sugar
  19. Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Day Bark by The Way To His Heart
  20. Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark by Five Heart Home

I have a feeling the kids are going to want to help me make some of these fun Valentine Bark options and we will definitely make goodie bags of Valentine bark to share with their classmates! I bet the kids will all love the change in pace from your average Valentine candy!

The hardest part of making one of these 20 Creative Valentine Bark recipes will be deciding which one to make first! How can you decide with so many adorable and tasty options!?

If you have a favorite bark recipe I would love to hear about it so I can add your recipe to my collection!

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DIY Valentines M&M in a Jar!

valentines m&ms in a jar

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this year, I have a sweet gift idea for you that will deliver smiles and treats in a pretty package. I love this idea because it is simple enough for anyone to make and it is budget friendly!
You will need basic supplies like a mason jar, M&M’s and ribbon. You can print the labels for free below to add a pretty touch to your Valentine’s Gift. This is a great gift idea for special friends, teachers and neighbors. I hope you leave a comment and let me know who you would make this M&M in a jar Valentine’s Day gift for!

 

Supplies

  • 1 bag Valentine M&M’s
  • 1 Pint Mason Jar

Directions

  1. Fill the mason jar with m&ms.
  2. Print the printable label out and glue to the top of the jar. 
  3. Add your favorite ribbon around the top for extra decor. 

To print the labels below just right click, and save, or click the link here: Print these labels 

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Paleo Valentine’s Party Food Ideas

One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to share a bit of your paleo journey with others in an open and easy way. Here are some Paleo Valentine's Party Food Ideas.

Valentine’s Day is a great time for a party. Whether it is a party at the office party or a celebration at your child’s school, Valentine’s day is the perfect time to show off your paleo cooking skills. Whether you are looking to make some sweet treats to drop off at our child’s school or you want to make some appetizers that will impress your co-workers, there is no easier way than a party to show everyone the beauty of paleo. And as an added bonus, you will know that you and your loved ones will have healthy eating options available.

So let’s say that you are bringing some treats to your child’s Valentine’s day party. Rather than going to the grocery store and picking out some treats, take some time to consider the many healthy paleo treats that are available to you. When done right, you will have treats that even the pickiest non-paleo eater will love. You just want to look for something that is easy to make in batches, easy for little hands to eat, and something that offers little to no mess.

One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to share a bit of your paleo journey with others in an open and easy way. Here are some Paleo Valentine's Party Food Ideas.

Look for paleo versions of these popular kids treats:

  • Dark Chocolate candies
  • Cupcakes
  • Paleo/Keto Cookies
  • Cake pops
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • Hard candies
  • Brownies
  • Paleo Nutella served with graham crackers

Of course, if you are having Valentine’s day party at work, you might want something more than the above snacks. Instead, you might want to look for some more sophisticated food options like finger foods and appetizers. Even though these foods are and a bit harder to prepare, they will be sure to impress your non-paleo friends.

Some examples include:
— Chicken wings and drumsticks
— Fried Zucchini with dip
— Stuffed mushrooms
— Paleo chicken nuggets
— Sausage balls
— Meatballs
— Buffalo chicken bites with dip
— Pizza Bites
— Sausage skewers
— Guacamole
— Dips
— Sliders
— Sweet potato bites

One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to share a bit of your paleo journey with others in an open and easy way. Making the above paleo treats to bring to your Valentine’s day party is sure to be a hit, whether at your child’s school or at the office.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Treat? Have a treat idea you would like to share. Let me know and I will add it to our list. 

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