Valentine Snack Ideas: Heart Pretzel Candy and Why I’m Glowing

Have no fear – I’m not slowing down on Valentine’s Day content. I love Valentine Snack Ideas!

Looking for Valentine Snack Ideas? Heart Pretzel Candy is easy to make and super cute to eat and serve just in time for your Valentine's Day celebrations!

It’s not high tech like Valentine’s Day Mini Ombre Cakes, but it’s last minute stuff!

And that’s what we need right now. Speaking of which, we had a great and relaxing weekend. We did a lot of valentine making, cookie baking, and resting. In fact, I’m glowing from that and also from my Cane+Austin Miracle Pads. This is a company I’m super into, and I’m absolutely loving using my peel pads twice a day. That, drinking more water, relaxing more, and doing some therapeutic baking or making heart pretzel candy has been where it’s at this weekend! I had to share!

And now, the recipe. Heart shaped pretzel candy is super easy to make, and is kid-helping-hands friendly. They’ll love making it, and it’s virtually impossible to screw it up. Pretzels + melting chocolate + sprinkles = happy. Spread the love.

Valentine Snack Ideas: Heart Pretzel Candy:

What You Need:

Mini Pretzels
White chocolate candy melts
Milk chocolate candy melts (optional)
Candy colors – make sure you don’t use regular food coloring or icing colors. Also, note that you get a much nicer shade of pink using pink candy color rather than just mixing in red candy color to your white chocolate
Sprinkles (optional)
Toothpicks
Spoons & small bowls
Parchment paper or waxed paper
Small cutting board or tray

What You Do:

1 – Melt about 4 ounces of chocolate per package directions (typically you microwave it for 1 minute at 50% power, and then stir and continue to heat it for 30 second intervals until it’s smooth) Note: If you’re using milk chocolate, it’s important to temper the chocolate – stir in un-melted pieces to the hot melted chocolate mixture. This will help the chocolate remain shiny after it hardens

2 – [For white candy skip this step] Dip a toothpick in the pink candy color and stir it into melted white chocolate

3 – Repeat with a clean toothpick until you get your desired shade

4 – Put a strip of parchment paper or waxed paper onto a small cutting board, and set a pretzel down on it

5 – Spoon the melted candy onto the pretzel as shown. Then, use the toothpick to sweep around the edges forming a heart shape. It may take you a few pretzels to get the hang of it. If they look ugly you’ll just have to eat them!

6 – Tap the cutting board on your work surface to spread the candy out further and to get the air bubbles out

7 – If you want to decorate with sprinkles, add them before the chocolate hardens. Since these are pretzels, you can even decorate with a little kosher salt or extra coarse salt from a salt grinder – just use it in moderation. Yum!

8 – Repeat with several more pretzels. When your cutting board is full, put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes to harden

9 – If you want to drizzle on stripes in a contrasting color, melt some additional chocolate as in steps 1 & 2 above

10 – Lay the candy pretzels out on waxed or parchment paper and drizzle melted chocolate across it with a small spoon. It helps to start the drizzle on the paper and then continue across the candy to the paper on the other side

Looking for Valentine Snack Ideas? Heart Pretzel Candy is easy to make and super cute to eat and serve just in time for your Valentine's Day celebrations!

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Looking for Valentine Snack Ideas? Heart Pretzel Candy is easy to make and super cute to eat and serve just in time for your Valentine's Day celebrations!

Cheese Ball Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Bites

This Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe will be the hit of any Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving party. It just requires a few ingredients and will be enjoyed by all

I’m going to keep this short and sweet and full of bites and delights with my Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe!

How adorable is it?? And have no fear – I have a Thanksgiving version coming to a computer near you. I suppose a Christmas version is also in order, now that I think about it. A cheese ball recipe for all holidays and seasons! Can’t you just see it?

I can.

Cheese Ball Recipe with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crackers, celery, parsley

Going into the colder months is no easy feat. We have to have something that tethers us, don’t you think? For some, it’s hunkering down at home with football games or knitting. Or both. You never know. Neither float my boat, but I’m all about pellet stoves, snuggles, soup, and books. I love long walks into the bath and the smell of wood burning smoke. Even though, Scarlet, when I was pregnant with you I hated that smell. (She doesn’t read my blog so I’m talking aloud to myself) The thing is, I have mountains to climb and mountains of photos to edit. We’re going away for a romantic weekend in NYC and I’m shuffling all the logistical kid and pet details. And I’m eating mini pumpkin cheese balls, because really how could you not?

If eating this cheese ball recipe is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Mini Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

What You Need:

7.5 oz Garlic & Herb Cream Cheese
1 Cup Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese
15-17 RITZ Crackers
Cheez-It Crackers (finely crushed)
Celery
Parsley

Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crackers, celery, parsley

What You Do:

1 – In a medium size bowl, mix the cream cheese and the shredded cheese

2 – Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop about 1 Tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball

3 – Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet

4 – Place in fridge for about 10-15 minutes to firm them up just a bit

5 – Take the finely crushed Cheez-Its and place in a bowl

6 – Add one cheese ball and roll around in the mixture until well coated

7 – Cut up the celery into skinny ½ inch pieces and place one stalk into a cheese ball

8 – Add a piece of parsley if you wish

9 – Place onto RITZ Cracker “platforms”.

10 – Enjoy!

Loving the fall recipes? I also make Pumpkin Apple Muffins!

So, what’s your favorite thing to hunker down with in the colder months?

This Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe will be the hit of any Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving party. It just requires a few ingredients and will be enjoyed by all