Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about candy, of course. But I don’t see why it shouldn’t be, if you make the candy from scratch, with love. Okay so maybe I’m justifying. but still, these DIY Valentine’s Day candy recipes–all of them easy enough for your kids to make along with you–are a fun project for the givers and a delicious treat for the receivers. My goal: to be both.

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Conversation Heart Marshmallows | Passion 4 Baking

Turn plain conversation hearts into something special with this recipe for Conversation Heart Marshmallows from Passion 4 Baking. (Manuela has her blog set up to translate from her original Norwegian to 35 other languages. Very cool.)

For a smart shortcut, just make homemade marshmallows like the recipe we recently shared, and press a conversation heart in the middle before they set.

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Ombre White Chocolate Cherries at Style Me Pretty

Put out these gorgeous Ombre White Chocolate Cherries from Style Me Pretty after your Valentine’s Day dinner for a dessert that will wow your loved ones. It only requires three ingredients, and that includes the cherries. Or wrap up three shades in a pretty box for a lovely gift that’s mostly all natural, too. (“Mostly” counts on Valentine’s Day.)

Related: 8 ridiculously easy Valentine’s Day treats you can make

 

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles | Bakerella

It isn’t Valentine’s Day without chocolate—and peanut butter. We found these Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from Bakerella while looking for the best, easy homemade chocolate treats and, oh boy, are they easy. All you need to make these are three ingredients that you probably have in your fridge at this very moment. Which means that you can make them all the time. Dangerous!

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Heart Mints | Busy Mommy

I had no idea that making cream cheese mints was so easy. Whip up a batch and use a little heart-shaped cookie cutter to make these Valentine’s Day Mints from Busy Mommy. They’re adorable as is, but Emily provides a link to edible glitter if you want to make your mints sparkle. If ever there was a time for this extra touch, it’s Valentine’s Day.

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: All Natural Gummy Hearts | Oh Joy!

I’ve seen a lot of recipes for homemade gummy candies, but they tend to call for artificial ingredients and flavors. Leave it to Joy of Oh Joy! to finally give us an all natural gummy hearts recipe, and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Yet another reason to love her.

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Candy Buttons | Crazy for Crust

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Free printable tag for Candy Buttons at Love the Day

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple, old school treat like the pink and red DIY candy buttons from Crazy for Crust. Make a big batch, wrap in cello bags, and tie them up with a  “Cute as a Button” free printable tag from Love the Day. Perfect classroom treat!

Related: 10 easy to make Valentine’s Day classroom treats for crafty kids

 

DIY Valentine's Day candy recipes: Heart Lollipops | Brit + Co

Nothing says “I’m a sucker for you” like a homemade Valentine’s Day lollipop. To make this version from Brit + Co, you’ll need a heart-shaped lollipop mold (this one from our Amazon affiliate). With that in hand, the rest is cake. Or, uh, candy.