Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi everyone! Just checking in to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

This guy is my Valentine; I am a very lucky lady. I also realized that I have very few photos since Thanksgiving of the two of us where we aren’t wearing goggles, riding powder or looking ridiculous. I guess it’s been a great season to far!

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Valentine’s Day Roundup

Well folks, the week is upon us. SPRING BREAK! While some schools are on vacation this week, and some school next week, I am declaring this week spring break for Beyond Frosting. I will return next week with all new sugary treats to tease your taste buds.

In the meantime, I’ve got all you need here for desserts and sweet treats to surprise your Valentine. First lets start with the most popular post this month!

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes 

Valentine's day cupcake

If Chocolate isn’t your thing we’ve got: Poppable Cake Batter Bites

I hope you didn’t miss the Man-Cakes (Chocolate Guinness Stout Cupcakes)

If you need a decoration idea, check out the Airhead Cupcake Toppers

Cupcake toppers

How about some sweet Rice Krispies Snack Mix?

Do you like chocolate dipped strawberries? Me to!

How about chocolate dipped pretzels?

I hope you guys have a great week weather it’s your spring break or not!

Rice Krispies Snack Mix

Rice Krispies treats

Warning, this is super addicting stuff right here!  On one of my recent road trips, I saw a Rice Krispies “Crunch Mix” in a gas station. “Duh, I can totally make this,” I thought. It’s so easy!

The best thing about this Rice Krispies snack mix is that you can add whatever you want! I think this is an easy-to-do gift or snack for any party. What are your favorite snack mixes?

Start by making a batch of Rice Krispies treats. I followed the original recipe from Rice Krispies. I added some sprinkles to my batter, which ended up making them a little pink in color; I loved it!

Rice Krispies treats

Let the Rice Krispies cool and set; then cut them into squares. I let mine sit for about 30 minutes. I took the squares and cut them into even smaller pieces and rolled them into tiny bite-sized balls. Continue reading

Airheads “You caught my heart” Cupcake toppers

Airhead cupcake toppers

In a sea of Airheads, you caught my heart! 

I recently discovered the Blogger’s Valentine’s Day Craft Contest sponsored by Airheads Candy. I thought it was such a cute idea, and I have used Airheads for cupcake decorations before! They are really pliable and sticky, they hold a great shape and can easily be molded.

These cupcake toppers are simple to put together and they don’t require any special tools. You can make whatever shape you want if you have the proper cookie cutter!

Airhead cupcake toppers

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Oh So Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Special delivery! I realize not everyone has the time to make cake or cupcakes, so I want to offer you some other awesome sweet treats for Valentines Day. I certainly didn’t know how easy these were until I tried them, so you should know too. Gourmet chocolate covered pretzels started popping up all over the web last summer, and I never understood why it was so popular until I tried it!

Last week when I was making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, I had some pretzels in my pantry. I have always had a weakness for chocolate dipped pretzels, and they are often my candy of choice in a chocolate shop. I used to sneak them all the time when I worked in my local bakery/chocolate shop in high school! Well these were way better than the ones I used to sneak!

I used my melting pot since I had leftover chocolate, but it is not necessary to have a melting pot to make these. You can easily melt your chocolate in the microwave All you need is some chocolate, pretzels and sprinkles or toppings of choice. You could use cocoanut, nuts, graham cracker crumbs, the possibilities are endless!

First, you need to break up some chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. I suggest to melt your chocolate in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted and smooth. Make sure to vigorously stir your chocolate after each time you microwave it, as it will help to spread the heat and melt the remaining chocolate.

Often times, when I talk about cake pops or dipping chocolate, people ask me how I get the chocolate so thin and smooth. The secret is Crisco. As I melt the chocolate, I also melt in 1 tbsp at a time of Crisco and mix it very well until I get my desired consistency. I talk about that more here as well.

First you will want to line a baking sheet with wax paper or a baking mat to prevent them from sticking to the baking sheet.

Next you need your pretzels. I choose to break my pretzel rods into two so that I could cover more of the surface area in chocolate. You can use any type of pretzel for this!

I found it most useful to use a spatula to gather some chocolate on the end, and then roll my pretzel in the chocolate.  I tapped off the excess chocolate on the edge of my spatula.

Immediately apply sprinkles or other toppings before the chocolate cools and sets. You will probably find it useful to do this over a bowl or plate to catch the excess sprinkles that don’t make it onto your pretzel.

Set your pretzels on a lined baking sheet and allow the chocolate to harden. If you want to drizzle white chocolate cover the top, I suggest you let the milk chocolate harden first.

Try not to eat them all in one sitting! I packaged mine in some treat bags I found in the dollar bins at Target. I made the header cards on my Silhouette Cameo and tied it with some baker’s twine (My boyfriend came up with the final presentation!). These would make great gifts for your Valentine!