If you're celebrating Valentine's Day on a limited budget this year, you've come to the right place. No need to spend $20 on a box of chocolates when you can give a gift that comes straight from the heart. Your valentine will appreciate your "labor of love" when they sink their teeth into one of these fun and festive Valentine's Day food crafts.
Valentine's Day, release your inner Martha by crafting one of these delicious edibles for your special someone. And if you're single this year, just gobble them up as soon as you're done.
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1. Sprinkled marshmallow pops recipe
Ingredients: 8 large marshmallows 1/3 cup chocolate chips Canola oil Nonpareil sprinkles Lollipop sticks Directions: Stick a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 60 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Add the canola oil, and mix. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate, covering about 3/4 of the way. Pour the sprinkles into a bowl, and dip the chocolate-covered marshmallows into the sprinkles. Let them sit at room temperature until the sprinkles have set. Image: Claire Gallam/SheKnows
2. Chocolate strawberry bugs recipe
Ingredients: 6 large strawberries 1/3 cup chocolate chips Canola oil Twizzlers Pull 'N' Peel Vanilla frosting Mini chocolate chips Marshmallows Directions: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 60 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Add the canola oil, and mix. Dip each strawberry halfway into the chocolate, and place it on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Place them in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, add 2 dabs of vanilla icing to the top part of the chocolate-dipped part of the strawberry. Add a mini chocolate chip in the center of each frosting dot to make pupils. Stick the mini chocolate chips into the "back" of the strawberry. Stick 2 small holes right above the face of the bug. Peel a string off the Twizzlers, and then cut into 1/8-inch lengths. Stick the Twizzlers into the holes to make the antennae. Rip a small piece off the marshmallow, and stick it right below the eyes (to make the nose).