12 Kid-Friendly Cookies, Candies, and Treats for Your Little Valentines

February 10, 2016
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market
12 Kid-Friendly Cookies, Candies, and Treats for Your Little Valentines

Kids really hit the jackpot on Valentine’s Day. Getting fancy chocolates and flowers is great, but it kind of pales in comparison to exchanging cards with classmates and munching on candy all day long.

Want to have as much fun on February 14 as your little ones? Stay home and treat your family—and yourself—to some extra-special desserts. Whether you’re in the mood to DIY or buy, we’ve got 12 confections to make V-Day sweeter than ever before.

To DIY

What better way to show someone you care than by whipping up a homemade treat? All of these are easy enough to get the kids involved.

Easy Paleo-Friendly Fudge

Our fudge has no refined sugar and just five ingredients. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters for festive shapes!

Hot Chocolate Spoons

These chocolate-dipped spoons are the perfect wintertime gift. Plus, they’re so easy to make—just dip a disposable spoon in melted chocolate, top it off with sprinkles or cacao nibs, let set, and tie a few together with some colorful ribbon.

DIY Pocky Sticks

Our version of the traditional Japanese treat uses matcha to turn white-chocolate green, but you could easily sub in acai powder to create a fun, kid-friendly berry hue.

Classic Sugar Cookies

Who doesn’t like sugar cookies? Cut them out into cute woodland shapes, or go the classic route with hearts or x’s and o’s.

Quinoa Crunch Bars

Puffed quinoa adds some crunch to these chocolates. Swirl white chocolate—or tint it pink with food coloring—on the top for an extra-festive touch.

Gluten-Free Pop-Tarts

Kick off the morning with gluten-free breakfast pastries. Make sure you choose cherry or raspberry jam to keep with the color scheme!

Chocolate Madeleines

Cakey madeleines may seem pretty sophisticated, but little ones tend to love their spongy texture.

Vegan Chocolates

Whipping up a batch of these DIY chocolates couldn’t be simpler. Bonus: kids can really get creative with the toppings.

To buy

Not much of a cook? Opt for these organic candies that your little Valentines—and their friends—will devour.

Organic Lollipops

Tape one of these colorful, vitamin C–infused lollies to a homemade card for the sweetest (and easiest) Valentine ever. They just so happen to be free of gluten, artificial dyes, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, fat, MSG, and high-fructose corn syrup.

Gluten-Free Gummy Bears

Kids go nuts for gummy bears—it’s just a fact. These single-serve pouches will be inhaled before you know it.

Cherry Dark Chocolate Bars

Cherries add a little extra something to dreamy milk chocolate. The festive packaging is an added bonus!

Photo credit: Paul Delmont




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