Edible Creations For Your Sweets

Who needs flowers when you can have fruit? Have some Valentine's Day fun with these edible arrangements! It's a project the whole family can enjoy creating, eating and gifting to that special someone.

Story and Photography by Kerry Guice

 

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that has drastically changed for me since my husband and I have had kids. It’s rarely about flowers, chocolate and a romantic getaway anymore. Not that I don’t adore all three of those things (and we still squeeze in a good night out), but it’s now more about showing love and affection to the whole family—littles included!

I love the idea of hand-making gifts, and these edible arrangements are the perfect way to share some love and quality time with your kids. You can either snack on them together afterward, give them to a grandparent, or surprise their teacher at school with a colorful bouquet of sweet fruit! The best part? It’s (mostly) good for you, and ridiculously easy! I wanted to add a few Rice Krispie Treat “leaves,” using a football cookie cutter, to add a little green and a little indulgence to an already sweet treat. What a fun idea for a Valentine’s Day play date with your kids and their friends!

All you need is a variety of cut fruits, Rice Krispie Treats, a vase, wooden skewers and some uncooked rice to secure the skewers inside the vase. Use cookie cutters to cut little heart or flower shapes out of fresh pineapple or melon, and add a few of the Rice Krispie Treats around for the leaves. This is one of those jackpot ideas that are so fun no matter how young or old you are! It’s so much less expensive than ordering pre-made edible arrangements, and much more meaningful and from the heart. Switch it up and add any fruit you want, or any other sweet additions like chocolate-covered strawberries, marshmallows or chocolate-covered Oreos. There’s no wrong way to make them!

Valentine's Day fruit arrangement

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat Leaves

 1/2 stick salted butter
1 10-ounce bag marshmallows
6 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Drops of green food coloring
Leaf- or football-shaped cookie cutter (or sharp knife to cut the shapes)

In a large pot, heat the butter over medium heat until it’s slightly browned and melted. Lower heat to low, add the marshmallows and cook, stirring often, until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the food coloring (make it a slightly darker green than you think you’ ll need because it will lighten when you add the cereal). Add the cereal and stir together until completely incorporated (it will be STICKY!). Using a spatula sprayed with cooking spray, pour the mixture into a 9-by-12-inch pan that is also sprayed with cooking spray. Press down to compact the treats, and let cool to harden, 1-2 hours. Once finished, remove from the pan and cut into leaf shapes. Poke a skewer about halfway into the “leaf,” and add skewers of assorted fruit to create your arrangements!