10 Valentine’s Treats that Don’t Involve Candy

It’s easy to let Valentine’s Day treats be completely candy-centric, but with these 10 ideas, you can find a way to show your affection and limit the chocolate covered confections you serve. And a lot of these ideas would be great projects to let kids get involved with after school on Valentine’s Day or in prep for the holiday the night before. See all ten after the jump, along with links to recipes and instructions.

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  • Jello Pops 1 of 10
    Jello Pops
    These cute pops were created by layering various kinds of jello and yogurt blends in silicone molds.
    from Taste for Adventure
  • Four Cheese Ravioli 2 of 10
    Four Cheese Ravioli
    With a cookie cutter and some handmade pasta, you can whip up these delicious ravioli. It would be a great meal to make with slightly older kids as helpers.
    from Annie's Eats
  • Fruit Heart Kabobs 3 of 10
    Fruit Heart Kabobs
    These would be a snap to make on Valentine's morning to make breakfast a little more festive.
    from Parents.com
  • Marshmallows 4 of 10
    Marshmallows
    A surprise hot cocoa with these tiny heart marshmallows would be a sweet way for kids to end the night.
    from Martha Stewart
  • Homemade Pop Tarts 5 of 10
    Homemade Pop Tarts
    From the babble archives, these homemade pop tart-like pastries would be good for the grab-and-go breakfast crowd.
    from Babble.com
  • Calzones 6 of 10
    Calzones
    These calzones would make a great packed lunch and a fun midday Valentine's surprise.
    from Craftzine.com
  • Cinnamon Rolls 7 of 10
    Cinnamon Rolls
    Make these clever cinnamon rolls with your favorite recipe - one tiny adjustment to the normal process will yield these heart-shaped beauties.
    from Groupon UK
  • Toast and Eggs 8 of 10
    Toast and Eggs
    For a more grown-up breakfast option, how about a fried-egg-and-toast masterpiece?
    from Martha Stewart
  • Cheesecake 9 of 10
    Cheesecake
    For an after dinner dessert, this gorgeous cheesecake topped with a swirl of bright red hearts looks surprisingly simple to pull off.
    from Cooking Classy
  • Cupcake 10 of 10
    Cupcake
    Your kids will be wondering how you snuck a heart into their cupcakes with these frosted treats.
    from Bake it in a Cake (The original instructions seem to be broken, but get a pretty clear idea of how to pull this off here.)

 

 

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