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.
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.
Our fudge has no refined sugar and just five ingredients. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters for festive shapes!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kick off the morning with gluten-free breakfast pastries. Make sure you choose cherry or raspberry jam to keep with the color scheme!
Cakey madeleines may seem pretty sophisticated, but little ones tend to love their spongy texture.
Whipping up a batch of these DIY chocolates couldn’t be simpler. Bonus: kids can really get creative with the toppings.
Not much of a cook? Opt for these organic candies that your little Valentines—and their friends—will devour.
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.
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