I love Valentines Day. Not because I like to make a huge deal and spend a lot of money – I absolutely don’t. Every year Hubby and I say that we’ll get each other something small – a token – and leave it at that. Maybe a card, a nice letter, a small box of chocolates… A token.
No. I love Valentines Day because it’s a holiday. I love holidays. Any holiday. I love having an excuse to celebrate. And a holiday based around love? Even better!
I wanted to take a small token to my girlfriends at church today, and I’d come across this idea on the Internet this past summer. Absolutely genius, and so simple!
When I found this recipe last summer and decided I wanted to make it this year, I thought it was going to be a nightmare getting hold of the mini candy canes. I’d just never seen them over here in the UK. I kind of put the idea to the back of my mind, and had almost forgotten about it until Shaun and I were shopping in York just after Christmas and I spotted some on sale. I was practically giddy. Naturally, he couldn’t understand all the fuss.
But he did admit that once these little guys are all put together, they are darn cute!
Also, he wasn’t complaining when he got to lick the bowl that held the melted chocolate.
And when I gave him the piping bags after I was done. Poor guy practically went into a sugar coma.
Fancy a little Valentines Day trivia? Did you know that around 1 billion cards are sent to people around the world each year on Valentines? Also… The city of Verona, Italy (setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”) receives around 1,000 cards every year addressed to Juliet. Awww.
But, if you don’t feel like sending a card this year – or you want a little somethin’ somethin’ to go along with it without breaking the bank, how about giving one of these cute little fellas a try? You won’t regret it.
And yes. I said “fellas”. Anything this good looking has got to be male, right?
P.S. Please excuse the lack of “finished product” pictures. It was dark by the time they had set, and I don’t yet have either the photography equipment or know how (or both!) to make pictures look good in nighttime situations. But I assure you, they looked very sweet all bundled up and ready to go with their little bags, tags and ribbons!
Valentines Candy Cane Pops
24 mini peppermint candy canes
3 small / 1 medium bar white chocolate
3 small / 1 medium bar milk chocolate
Sprinkles (for decorating)
2 disposable piping bags (or ziplocs)
12 4″ lollipop sticks
12 small cellophane bags
Tags (if needed)
Arrange the lollipop sticks in two rows on a sheet of baking paper, leaving about 3 inches between each.
Lay mini candy canes in a heart shape around the top of the sticks, making sure that the canes are touching each other at the top and the stick at the bottom (to create a seal for the melted chocolate). Make sure that the lollipop sticks reach about 2/3 of the way into the centre of the heart – it will give your finished pops more stability.
Melt the chocolate separately in a double broiler or zap it in the microwave until pourable. Scrape melted chocolate into two separate piping bags (or ziplocs) and secure.
Make a very small (couple of mm) hole at the bottom of each bag. By making a smaller hole, you get more control over where your chocolate goes. Pipe the chocolate into the centre of your hearts, and turn the lollipop sticks 360 degrees once done so that the stick is covered in chocolate all the way around. Again, this step will make sure your pops have a little more stability. They can be a little heavy in comparison to the sticks, and you don’t want them falling off after all your hard work!
Immediately top with decorative sprinkles and leave to cool completely before packaging (around 2-3 hours).
And there you go – the perfect little sweet for your sweetie this Valentines Day!