A Valentine candy made with cereal, pretzels, bugles, and nuts coated with melted vanilla almond bark and topped with sprinkles has a delightfully crunchy, salty-sweet taste. It's easy to make and fun to give!
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It's after Christmas, New Years, and Maritn Luther King Day. The Super Bowl has been played, the Ground Hog didn't see his shadow, and we're right in the middle of tax season with lots of wet, cold weather. The perfect time to celebrate love, wouldn't you say?
In our busy world, it seems we are quickly going from one season into the next without hesitation. February 14th sneaks up on many of us as we can tell by the scurrying to purchase sweet words on a card with a box of chocolates or flowers to endorse them.
I know it's too commercialized and causes undue stress, but I like this holiday. Maybe it's the opportunity we get to show sentiment not just to people who are special in our lives, but also to someone who may be going through a tough time on this day we are supposed to be celebrating with our loves.
A few years ago I got together with some girlfriends to give out Valentine candy. We brought them to people who needed to be reminded they were still loved even though they weren't able to celebrate with the one they had in the past. It brought us great joy and causes me to continue to give and encourage others to do the same on this particular day remembering love.
Making Valentine Candy
So I bring you this Valentine Candy Crunch. It's such an easy gift to put together there's no excuse not to share it! You just add ingredients together, toss them with some melted white almond bark and decorate with sprinkles. Handmade gifts like these are always more meaningful and delicious.
Let's begin by spraying a mold like this heart shaped one with vegetable spray. You can do free-form and not use a molded shape by placing the candy on a cookie sheet, a piece of aluminum foil, or parchment paper.
Next, grab a large bowl and measure some dry ingredients like cereal, pretzels, bugle chips, and nuts. Then melt almond bark, pour onto the dry ingredients to coat by stirring and place into the mold, pan, foil, or paper.
You can drizzle with melted chocolate and add some Valentine candy sprinkles. Let it dry before packaging it, and you've got the most delicious crunchy, salty-sweet treat to give to someone you love.Print
- 1 cup Crispix Cereal
- 1 cup Multi-Grain Cheerios Cereal
- 2 cup small rounded pretzels
- 2 cup Bugles, original flavor
- 2 cup mixed salted nuts
- 12 ounces vanilla almond bark
- Valentine sprinkles
- Mix together cereals, pretzels, bugles, and nuts in a large mixing bowl.
- Microwave almond bark in a small bowl 30 seconds at a time stirring until melted.
- Pour almond bark onto cereal mixture in the large bowl and stir to mix thoroughly.
- Pour candy onto a pan.
- Sprinkle with Valentine sprinkles and let harden.
- Break apart and place in plastic bags to serve.
Place a heart-shaped mold onto a piece of parchment or wax paper and spray it with vegetable oil then pour candy into the heart, add sprinkles, and let harden before removing the heart-shaped mold.
Melt white or dark chocolate in a ziplock bag then snip the corner of the bag with scissors and drizzle chocolate onto the candy after it is placed on the pan or in the mold.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1.5 minutes
- Category: Sweets
- Method: Microwave
Keywords: Valentine candy
Here are some other recipe ideas you can give as a Valentine candy, German Chocolate No-Bakes, and Noelie's Pecan Pralines. And of course, sending cards with sweet words or reaching out to people with a visit or phone call are invaluable ways to show your love.
I hope you are inspired to make this Valentine candy, but more importantly to show you care. Have a happy Valentine's Day and remember you are loved!
"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."