Valentine’s Day is probably my favorite holiday in the classroom. The students get so excited about the little treats they make for each other. This year I pulled out a favorite of mine, homemade play dough and chocolate popcorn. Luckily it was Lincoln’s birthday on Monday, so I was able to get together with my mom to make these fun treats.

Growing up, my mom made play dough for my sister and I all the time. In sixth grade she decided to make homemade play dough hearts for my valentine’s treat and it was a hit. I remember everyone being so excited and playing with it immediately. Luckily, my mom held onto her recipe after all these years.

Follow the steps below to make your own play dough.

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tarter

  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

  • food coloring of your choiceimg_8337

  1. Mix all ingredients into a sauce pan over medium heat.

img_83382. Continue to mix until all ingredients are gathering together. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

img_83413. Remove from the heat. Once it is cool enough you can work with it. If you are making goodie bags, cut into a cute shape. If you are making a big batch for you kiddos to play with make sure to keep it into a sealed bag.

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I decided to pair this valentine treat with an edible one for my class and sweet coworkers. Chocolate popcorn is always a go to for any holiday treat. It is simple to make, you can make in huge batches, and it taste delicious. I first got this recipe from my sweet friend Suzanne. I LOVE popcorn, so it quickly became a favorite. You can change up the color or add different candies to make it pop.

My mom and I decided to go with the traditional white chocolate, add some valentine’s colored sprinkles, and M&M’s. The original recipe I got was for microwaved popcorn, which I have done and turns out great, but my mom and I had a bunch of popcorn kernels, so we popped our own. See the directions below to make your own holiday popcorn.

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  • 1/2 cup of Popcorn kernels*

  • 3 tablespoons of Coconut oil*

  • 2 tablespoons of Butter*

  • salt for taste

  • Wilton Chocolate**

  • Holiday M&M’s (Optional)

  • Holiday sprinkles (Optional)

*If you choose to make microwave popcorn, you won’t need these ingredients. Instead you will need 5 bags for every 12 oz of chocolate.

**You can get Wilton Chocolate in the bulk section at some stores. Make sure to use the melting chocolate. It is easier to work with.

  1. Heat chocolate so it melts. We used my mom’s instant pot on the keep warm setting. It was so easy to put in and walk away. We didn’t have to worry about it burning. If you don’t have that option, place in a microwave safe bowl to melt, or create a double boiler to melt the chocolate. Make sure to keep water away, or it will ruin it.

  1. To make popcorn, use a popcorn Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker. Put popcorn kernels, coconut oil, and butter into pot over medium heat.

img_83502. Let popcorn kernels heat. Once you hear them begin to pop turn the handle.

3. After the popping slows down, remove from heat.

4. Place in a large container and add salt. My mom found these amazing foil containers at our local grocery store for .89 cents! They were great for tossing the chocolate and popcorn.

5. Once popcorn and chocolate are ready, pour chocolate over popcorn and toss. Once popcorn is tossed, spread out over parchment paper.6. Add candies and sprinkles.

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7.Once cool place in cute baggies.

Both of these fun treats can be modified for any holiday. St. Patrick’s day could have green four leaf clover play dough or green chocolate covered popcorn. Changing it up for every holiday is easy and fun. 🙂

xo,

Amber

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