Giant Valentine's Day Rice Krispy Treat - a Great Gift Idea

Impress your friends and loved ones with this Giant Heart Shaped Rice Krispy treat! It's super adorable and is an awesome last minute gift idea. This gift takes less than an hour to make, and just a few ingredients and supplies! You could gift this treat atop an adorable pink plate, too!

Giant Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treat

INGREDIENTS / MATERIALS

6 Cups Rice Krispy Cereal

4 Cups Mini Marshmallows

3 Tbsp Butter (real butter works best)

Heart Shaped Cake Pan (Similar Here from Target

White Writing Icing (I love the Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in White, 7 oz. pouch) - found at grocery stores, not generally found at Walmart or Target

Red Food Coloring

Colorful Sprinkles

Parchment Paper and Scissors

Non Stick Spray

Giant Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treat

INSTRUCTIONS

1.) Trace heart shape onto parchment paper, using pan as your guide. Cut out the heart out. Spray the pan with lots of non stick spray, then place heart paper cutout into bottom of pan.

2.) On the stove top in a large sauce pan, melt butter then add marshmallows and melt/stir until smooth. Once completely smooth, add 4-6 drops of red food coloring, until desired color has been reached.

3.) Add in cereal and stir to fully combine. Add optional 1/3 Cup Sprinkles and stir again. 

4.) Using a large spoon or your hands, transfer treats into heart shaped pan. Press as hard as you can, so the cereal treats get packed into the pan. This is to ensure the heart shape is a good shape.

5.) Once cooled, use a butter knife around the sides of the heart pan to loosen the treats. Flip the Heart Shaped Treat over onto a cutting board or similar surface, and tap the pan to help loosen the treat. Peel off the parchment paper and discard.

6.) To decorate, I used the white decorator icing to first outline the heart shape. I applied even pressure to the icing tube as I went around the edges, beginning at the bottom of the heart, working around the edges. Next, I free handed the word "Love" with icing, in cursive, but feel free to write any message you want! I thought of some pretty funny messages but stuck with something more traditional. 

7.) To gift, I found a plate at Target in the kids plates and dishes section for about 80 cents. You could use a cute paper or plastic plate too. I believe it would be adorable to wrap Saran wrap around the treat and secure it in back with tape, so you can see the design. Hope you enjoy!

Giant Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treat

#LOVE Candles DIY Tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day! I have this adorable project idea that will last you long after the holiday is over. These #LOVE candles make such an adorable gift idea, and I can't believe how cute these are! 

DIY Candles

MATERIALS:

- 5 glass votive candles with wax in them

- various colors of festive tissue paper

- Mod Podge

- Paint Brushes & A Pencil

DIY Candles
DIY Candles

Paint a bit of the Mod Podge onto your first votive candle, and begin alternating paper pieces. 

DIY Candles

Brush more Mod Podge over top of the tissue paper for a smooth finish. 

Repeat this with each votive candle, covering every side of the candles. Let these dry for a few hours, or overnight on a piece of white scrap paper. These may stick a little bit, so white paper worked best. 

DIY Candles

Now, you can stop here, or you can customize the candles with your message of #LOVE :) 

*** Draw your letters onto the votives with pencil first!!!

And then paint over the pencil with black puffy paint. Carefully go back over the edges so they are smooth. 

DIY Candles
DIY Candles
DIY Candles

Itty Bitty Donuts + A Gift Box DIY

I have been wanting to make these Donut Earrings for the longest time, and I figured that Valentine's Day was the perfect day to share them! 

Earrings DIY

MATERIALS:

- Mini Donuts From Dollhouse Section 

- Jump Rings (Size = 

- Matching Earring Hooks 

- Pliers

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READY THE DONUTS

Earrings DIY
Earrings DIY

OPEN THE JUMP RINGS

Take your pliers, and rather than opening the jump rings wider, just twist them up. This helps them go back together better in the end. Open them wide enough to fit around the donuts.

Close the Jump Rings around the donuts, and make sure they are secure. That's it! 

Earrings DIY

AND YOU HAVE DONUT EARRINGS!

Earrings DIY

 A GIFT BOX DIY

- I also had this cute paper mache box that was heart shaped, so I stuck some studs into the top of the box, added some tissue, and put the Donut Earrings inside! How cute :)

Tiny Donut Earrings

Peanut Butter + Chocolate Valentine's Day Puppy Chow Recipe

I never really loved Puppy Chow back in jr. high when everyone else was freaking out about buying it from our bake sales at school. I love chocolate, but for some reason, it was always way too rich for me and I never got into it.

Until now! This recipe primarily tastes like peanut butter, white chocolate, and of course, powdered sugar. 

So tasty!

INGREDIENTS:

4 1/2 cups Rice Chex™ cereal (or any brand will do!)

1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips - I like the white chocolate chips from Ghirardelli.

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup powdered sugar 

1/4 cup red, white and pink candy-coated chocolate candies (like M&M's)

2 tablespoons festive sprinkles

Awesome Puppy Chow Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS:

- In a double boiler over medium heat (or in the microwave), melt the butter, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter until combined and smooth. 

- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and mix as thoroughly as you can, coating all of the cereal. 

- Now, sift the powdered sugar over the cereal mixture, using a metal strainer works well! Mix as much as you can, and add more powdered sugar as needed to coat the cereal!

- Lastly, add the sprinkles and chocolate candies, and serve! 

SERVING & PACKAGING IDEAS:

- Carry the Puppy Chow in a festive tin to the office, or your party! Encourage guests to grab a little scoop of the treats in these heart-themed cups.

- If you want individual party favors, put the puppy chow into the heart cups, and slide them into a clear treat bag. Tie with ribbon, then add a metallic heart doily to the ribbon and tie into a bow! (See below)

This recipe tastes so good!
This recipe tastes so good!
This recipe tastes so good!
This recipe tastes so good!

What is your favorite Valentine's Day snack or memory? Let me know in the comments below! 

Awesome Puppy Chow Recipe

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