Who doesn’t love a little dose of sugar, especially on Valentine’s Day? Rather than buying prepackaged candy, why not have fun with your little ones making your own indulgent treats? There are some super easy ways to creative some really delicious goodies — so easy that kids can make these much on their own with a little parental supervision.

Parfaits

No cooking is required for a lovely layered parfait and it can easily be tailored to include your favorite tastes. Use a large clear trifle bowl or individual parfait glasses for a dramatic presentation. Layer with fruit, pudding, cake, brownies, nuts, granola, candy pieces or any other morsels of sweetness you can think of. Here’s a few possible layering combinations:

Cheesecake flavored pudding

Strawberry slices

Brownie bits

Dark chocolate chunks

Banana cream flavored pudding

Banana slices

Peanut butter cookie pieces or vanilla wafers

Cool whip

Yellow cake chunks

Mandarin orange segments

Pineapple chunks

French vanilla Pudding

Coconut

Cool whip

Maraschino cherries

Pound cake

Blueberries

Peach slices

Vanilla Pudding

Cool whip

Cinnamon roll chunks

Cool Whip

Graham cracker pieces

Baked or sautéed apples

Candy and Cookie Dipping

Melt candy discs in a double boiler or microwave and dip away then add sprinkles. Dip cookies, pretzels, marshmallows or other goodies and and add sprinkles, crushed candy pieces or chocolate chips.

Homemade Microwave Fudge

If making fudge seems like a daunting task, then you need to try making it in the microwave. All you need is a 12-ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips, a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Pop it in a microwavable dish for about two minutes. Stir and spread into an 8 X 8 baking dish and refrigerate about two hours until firm.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Using round cookies, like chocolate chip, you can add a scoop of ice cream in the middle and then roll in sprinkles for a fun treat. Also, if you use rectangular graham crackers and a rectangular container of ice cream you can slice ice cream to fit and it looks more like a traditional ice cream sandwich.

Cupcakes

Using a mix that needs just oil, water and eggs, kids can easily do some stirring and transfer the batter into muffin cups and then have fun with decorating. Canned frosting, cool whip, Redi Whip or Nutella make for easy icing that can then be covered in M&Ms, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, sprinkles, Skittles, Oreo crumbs or more. Use a drop of red food coloring in vanilla icing to get the perfect shade of pink for your Valentine treat.

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