From heart-inspired strawberry pops to utterly cute bear cookies, we’ve got a make-at-home recipe to celebrate the special people in your life. These sweet chocolate-dipped treats are the perfect way to spread festive cheer and love. Make just one or make all five of these delightful kid-approved chocolate-dipped goodies for an irresistible Valentine’s Day treat.

We’ve got 5 chocolate-dipped treats that are perfect for your Valentine’s Day menu: chocolate-covered strawberry heart pops, heart love crispy treats, homemade peanut butter hearts, Valentine’s teddy bear sandwich cookies, and white chocolate pretzel hearts.

Supplies You’ll Need

To get started, we want to make sure you’ve got everything you need for making these treats: 

  • GoodCook® Digital Thermometer – simply unfold the thermometer to turn it on. Insert the tip in the melted chocolate to check the temperature. In just 3 seconds you’ll have an accurate reading. The GoodCook® Digital Thermometer is washable and is NSF certified for accuracy. It also quickly and easily switches from °F to °C.
  • A heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • GoodCook® Paring Knife for shaping the strawberries into hearts.
  • Lollipop sticks – if you’re making crispy pops or strawberry pops, you’ll need lollipop sticks, which you can get online or in craft stores.
  • OodleTip® Piping Bag – this one-piece icing bag, ready-fit with a plastic tip, can be easily snipped into different sizes.
  • Dark, milk and white chocolate and candy-colored melts.

Melting Chocolate for Dipping: Tips & Tricks

  • Use the Right Tools: For best results, when heating chocolate in the microwave, use a microwave-safe glass bowl. (A ceramic bowl tends to hold heat longer, and can overheat your chocolate, causing discoloration as it cools.) For stovetop melting, use a double boiler or metal bowl for the best results.
  • Heat to Correct Temperature: To keep the chocolate from mottling or separating, measure with the GoodCook® Touch Thermometer to ensure the chocolate doesn’t overheat. Heat dark chocolate to 90°F and heat milk or white chocolate to 88°F.
  • Microwave Method: Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, heat for 1 minute at 50% power level. Stir, then return to microwave and continue to heat in 20-second intervals, stirring between, until chocolate is smooth and measures at the correct temperature.
  • Stovetop Method: Chop the chocolate, place in a double boiler (or place in a smaller saucepan over a second larger pan filled with 2 inches of water) over barely simmering water. Stir constantly, until chocolate reaches the correct temperature.
  • Perfect Coating: Add a small amount of coconut oil to thin the chocolate – this makes an ideal chocolate coating that is smooth and tastes delicious. Coconut oil has a lower melting temperature than cocoa butter, so allow it to harden in a place that is cooler than 78°F. Once cool, store dipped the treats in the fridge.
  • Cool Slowly: Be patient with the process! Slowly heating and cooling melted chocolate puts it into “temper” – this is a good thing! If chocolate is heated or cooled too quickly, the cocoa butter can crystallize and mottle, leaving unsightly streaks in your treats when they cool. For this reason, always allow chocolate-dipped treats to cool and harden on the countertop before storing in the fridge.

5 Easy Chocolate- Dipped Valentine Hacks

For each of these recipes, prepare dark, milk, white chocolate, and/or colored candy melts by melting 1 cup of chocolate and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil together, using the tips and correct temperature settings (above).

1. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Heart Pops

1. Use a small GoodCook® Paring Knife to slice a “V” into the top of strawberries.
2. Remove greens.
3. Press a sucker stick into the bottom of each strawberry.
4. Dip into chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drizzle off of the strawberry.

2. Heart Love Crispy Treats

1. Cut prepared crispy treats into hearts with a cookie cutter.
2. Dip in melted chocolate or colored candy melts.
3. Drizzle with melted white chocolate or sprinkle with seasonal sprinkles.
4. If desired, turn into crispy pops by pressing a stick into the bottom of your heart before dipping.
5. Allow to cool and harden before serving.

4. Homemade Peanut Butter Hearts

1. Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 cup peanut butter.
2. Roll the mixture out on parchment paper
3. Cut into small hearts with a cookie cutter.
4. Dip in melted chocolate.
5. Allow to cool and harden before serving.

4. Valentine’s Teddy Bear Sandwich Cookies

1. Dip cookies in melted milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
2. Once dipped, place on parchment paper.
3. Working quickly, press 2 chocolate chips into the top to create the “ears”, press 2 candy eyes, and 1 colored candy melt
onto the top of the cookie to create the “face”.
4. Place a tiny dollop of melted chocolate on the candy melt and attach a heart sprinkle for the “nose”.
5. Allow to cool and harden before serving.
6. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

5. White Chocolate Pretzel Hearts

1. Place mini pretzel twists on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
2. Melt-colored candy melts and transfer to a GoodCook® OodleTip® bag.
3. Snip a small portion from the tip, pipe melted chocolate slowly atop pretzel into a heart shape.
4. Press a candy-coated chocolate piece into the center of each heart.
5. Allow to cool and harden before serving.

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Your kids will love these sweet and tasty treats. Are you ready to get dipping?

Make & Share

Happy chocolate-dipped treat making! If you try this recipe at home, we’d love to see a photo of it! Snap a picture and upload it to Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us @goodcook.com #goodcookcom

 

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