Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Last week I found a simple and cute recipe for Valentine ’s Day treats that I wanted to try. I knew instantly that it had the makings of a winning recipe because it a) had only 3 ingredients and b) involved melting chocolate. The three ingredients are square pretzels, Hershey’s hugs and valentine’s colored m&ms. Now I also love recipes like this because there are innumerous combinations to try. For instance, you could easily use dark chocolate Hershey’s with peanut m&ms. Or milk chocolate Hershey’s with plain m&ms.
Making them was seriously easy and therapeutic. I just turned on a Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds concert on TV and went to work. First you line a cookie sheet with wax paper and line up your square pretzels. Since I’m a perfectionist, I only used the unbroken pretzel pieces which meant Samson and Bailey reaped the benefits of this particular neurosis by eating broken pretzels for dinner. Once the pretzels are lined up start topping each of them with a Hershey’s hugs/kiss. While you’re doing this, preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Put the pretzels into the oven for 5 minutes. You don’t want the kisses to completely melt and they should still maintain some of their shape. Once they are out of the oven, smoosh the chocolate down by placing an m&m in the center.

Place the concoction in the fridge for about 10 minutes until they cool and then place in an airtight container. Viola: easy, adorable, delicious Valentine’s Day treats. You’re welcome, coworkers!
And of course, these could easily be adapted to Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mardi Gras, etc. simply by switching up the colors. See, endless possibilities!

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