14 Easy No-Bake Valentine Treats to Make With Your Kids
Looking for a favorite kid-friendly food with a Valentine’s twist for your festivities? Perhaps a heartfelt, heart-shaped snack to surprise your family?
The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for unique valentine snacks that are easy and fun to make together.
In this article I’ll share our favorite 14 no-bake valentine treats to make with your kids.
Why Make Valentine Treats?
Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday. What better way to celebrate the day devoted to love than to create something sweet and beautiful with your favorite kids?
Creative cooking projects are lots of fun for children of all ages. They’re a great way to share valuable life skills without it feeling like a chore. And when the end result is something cute that you can eat, everybody wins!
So tie on an apron, hand ’em a spoon and encourage your kids to play with their food by making some of the festive valentine snacks below.
Whether you’re looking for something sweet or something savory, a way to spruce up a valentine meal for your family or a cute treat to take to a class party, you’ll find a unique option here.
Check out this recipe roundup for a variety of family-friendly valentine treats.
Look through the list together with your kids and choose a few that they’d like to make together.
#1: Easy Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Wouldn’t your kids love to wake up to Cupid’s arrow on their plates? Start a Valentine’s Day tradition with this special breakfast.
Note: You’ll need a set of graduated heart cookie cutters (preferably metal ones) to make this treat.
#2: Heart Milk Cubes
A glass of milk is the perfect companion to any Valentine’s Day treat. Why not dress up the milk, too? These adorable heart milk cubes by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry are made of milk themselves, so they won’t water your drink down as they melt.
This treat has an added surprise your kids will love: As the ice melts, it turns the milk a lovely shade of pink—what fun!
Note: You’ll need a heart-shaped ice cube tray to make this treat.
#3: Friendship Bark
This concoction from Susan Phillips at Momtastic gets its crunch from cereal, its saltiness from pretzels and its sweetness from four kinds of candy. Valentine’s friendship bark is the perfect combination of flavors and textures, all stuck together into delectable clusters of sweet, crunchy goodness.
Break into chunks and serve in a big bowl at a valentine party or wrap in sandwich bags with the free printable bag topper and give as gifts. Yum!
Note: Find candy melts at craft stores where cake- and candy-making supplies are sold.
#4: Valentine Krispie Treats
Your kids will have fun drizzling melted candy on top and decorating these special treats with arrows. Use two sticks for each arrow so you don’t struggle pushing one all the way through the treat.
Note: Find lollipop sticks wherever candy- and cake-making supplies are sold or use toothpicks instead.
#5: Strawberry Love Bugs
Did you know that strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring? In warmer climates, you may be able to find local strawberries in February for Valentine’s Day. Imported berries are available year-round.
Hint: To extend freshness, do not wash strawberries until just before you’re ready to use them.
#6: Chocolate-Dipped Wafer Cookies
This is one of the easiest and least-expensive valentine treats we found. You can get a big package of wafer cookies at the dollar store, and a big bang for your “pretty valentine treat” buck!
Tip: Pour a pile of sprinkles on a plate and have your kids roll the chocolate-covered cookie in them. It’s much easier and less messy than shaking the bottle over the chocolate.
#7: Candy Heart Necklace
Here’s a valentine treat your kids can wear! This adorable candy necklace was presented by Tiffany at Cute Food for Kids, where she shares the secret to threading the licorice string (or any string) through the marshmallow…
Use different candies or sprinkles to embellish your marshmallow pendant and make each necklace unique.
#8: Valentine Jello Hearts
Allow plenty of time for this treat to set twice (once for each color) and use your smallest heart cookie cutter to create a whole pan full of valentine squares.
#9: Cupid’s Heart Hot Dogs
What a fun way to celebrate lunch. Use uncooked spaghetti to pierce your kids’ hot dog hearts. Cupid hits a bullseye with this easy treat.
#10: Love Potion
Did you forget to make a treat for the class party? Just print and cut out these labels, stop by the store on your lunch hour and tape the labels on in the parking lot for an instant Valentine’s Day beverage that’s sure to get a reaction (even if it’s “LOVE Potion, ewwwwww”).
Here’s a great version of the song Love Potion #9 you can listen to. You may need to explain to your kids what a 45-RPM record is!
It’s a fun, festive drink for non-procrastinators, too!
#11: Valentine Heart Boiled Eggs
The trick is to mold the eggs while they’re still warm using three things you’re sure to have at home already. It’s quick and easy and oh-so-hard to wait until they cool! Your kids will love to surprise someone special with these awesome altered eggs.
#12: Valentine’s Day Bunny Cookies
Here’s a treat that even the youngest helpers can work on. Kellie featured these easy Valentine’s Day bunny cookies on her Fun Kid Snacks Blog at Snackpicks. All you need are a couple of cookies, mini-marshmallows and some Red Hots to make these love-bunnies.
Got a Girl Scout in your life? Valentine’s Day falls during Girl Scout cookie time, so you can support your favorite troop by making these cute treats out of Thin Mints. Stick an extra box in the freezer and make the bunny cookies again for Easter, using jellybeans instead of Red Hots.
#13: No-Bake Chocolate Heart Cakes
Believe it or not, there’s no baking required for these chocolate heart cakes from Plain Chicken. Get out your favorite cookie cutter and transform store-bought snack cakes into valentine delights. Just add sprinkles.
Your kids will enjoy all the yummy goodness of homemade cupcakes with a lot less work. And they’ll have just as much fun cutting the cakes and pressing sprinkles into the frosting. This is great for busy parents who are short on time.
#14: Old-Fashioned Candy Apples
Caution: As much as kids might want to, an adult should poke the sticks into the apples. They’re very sharp.
Some Final Thoughts…
I hope you found a sweet treat to create with your kids for Valentine’s Day. What better way to show them how much you love them than by spending some time together and sharing the delicious results?
What do you think? Do you have a special valentine treat you make for your family? Or will you start a new tradition with one of these? We’d love to hear about it. Please post a comment or photo below.
Jennifer Ballard is the associate editor for My Kids’ Adventures where her past experience as a Cubmaster, birthday party entrepreneur, marketing writer and mom of two boys fits together and finds relevance. Other posts by Jennifer Ballard »