Pinspired | Valentine’s Day Sweets | Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

Valentine’s Day sneaks up on me every year and I usually find myself a bit unprepared.  I like to show my affection for my loved ones by sending flowers or little tokens in the mail or baking treats and making homemade cards.  This year I thought I’d try making chocolate dipped rice krispie treats.  They’re pretty easy to make in a pinch and are best eaten right away anyway so I thought I would give it a whirl!

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I was inspired by a gorgeous Pinterest photo from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.   I didn’t actually follow her recipe to make these treats, but instead used my own slight variations on Kellogg’s Original Treats recipe.  I just winged the chocolate dipping part.  It was fun to play and experiment in this way!  While they’re certainly not perfect, I am actually very pleased with the way they turned out.  I learned a few things along the way, including the very important lesson not to let chocolate dipped items set on a wire rack.  Despite this snafu, the end result is a very cute and tasty treat!  I popped each one into a clear cellophane bag and tied with curling ribbon for a festive presentation.  I plan on delivering these to my loved ones today.

** Please be advised that the original Rice Krispies & Cocoa Krispies cereals are not gluten-free.  You need to purchase specifically marked Gluten-Free cereals to make gluten-free treats. **

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I thought it would be fun to film my experiment.  If you’d like to see the process of how I made these treats, check out this video:

I think this concept of taking inspiration from Pinterest and testing out fun DIY crafts and treats is really fun and I’d love to make it into a series if there’s interest.  Let me know what you think!  I already have my eye on a couple of fun projects to try out.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebrating the people you love!

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PS – I’m running a fun Valentine’s Day weekend giveaway on Instagram and Twitter right now.  It’s super easy to enter!  🙂

* Recipe adapted from Kellog.  Inspiration from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

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34 thoughts on “Pinspired | Valentine’s Day Sweets | Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. Hi Jen
    I LOVE your videos and look forward to them.

    I want it point out that the plain Rice Crispies in the blue box are NOT Gluten Free. The Gluten free Rice Crispies are sold in a yellow box by Kellog’s (available at Super Target stores). I only point this out because I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease 2 years ago and every day it seem to be more sensitive to gluten. A gift like this from a well meaning friend would make me sick and home bound for at least 48 hours.

    I have no knowledge of the chocolate variety of the cereal.

    Suppose lay by the end of 2015 Kellog’s is making all of their non wheat based cereals gluten free. So far I have seen this only in Special K (sold at Costco).

    Thanks for what you do. You bring joy to my life.
    Karen Pennington

  2. Jennifer, This is a wonderful idea for a series. Seeing if a recipe is really doable for the average person is such a help. Happy Valentines Day to you and your loved ones! Elizabeth

  3. Hi Jen! I love this blog post. I like the size of the image. You’re a great photographer and in my opinion, the bigger the photo, the better!

    Happy valentines day to you and D. 🙂

  4. I personally like the name you came up with and I love this series. Please do more videos like this. Pinterest is usually so intimidating for me that I don’t even try. Your approach to it is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing more.

  5. Loved this vide!!. Also, loved the “PINSPIRED” idea. It’s funny how the Rice Krispy treats looked almost exactly the color as your granite counter.

  6. Loved your video today! Yes, I think a series like pinspired would be very fun! I was thinking mabye next time you could use the scraps to make a treat similar to a cake pop. That way you could use the rest of the chocolate and rice crispies at one time. I don’t know if it would work lol but it sounds yummy. Anyways thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea for a series! The name “Pinspired” is perfect! Love this idea for Valentine’s Day! Good Job, Jen!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Don, and Winnie!!

  8. I really like this idea, I’m addicted to Pinterest and like you said it would be great to see how some Pins look in real life. I wish you and all the loved ones in your life a Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  9. I love the Pinspired name and idea. That gave me an idea for your (name change). I know you said you were leaning to not using your name but that’s YOU! How about “Inspired by Jen”. Anything that’s going on in your life wether it’s organizing, planning, cooking, knitting, crafting would all be covered by that title. Just a thought! Thank you for what you do. I enjoy watching, learning and following.

    1. Love that. Inspired By Jen. Would be a great name on a line of something, planners, scarves, teas. J’interest. Jen’s interests. Naw, that’s sounds funny. Winterest. Woman’s Interest. Naw, not that one either. Inspired by Jen flows beautifully.

  10. Loved this!! Ran to Michaels on my lunch break and will stop at the grocery store on the way home to make these with my 7 year old tonight! I will also be using a little extra butter and marshmallows – thanks for the tip!

  11. Cute idea! I preferred the look of the treats with the chocolate on the bottom and the drizzles on top. That way there is some chocolate in every bite! I think the idea of videos inspired by Pinterest is a great idea.

  12. Hi Jen,
    I like the name you came out with, but maybe the used of a hyphen would be nice to denote the use of two words Pin-spire, Pin-spiration or maybe two different colors to separate the use of the two words Pin one color, sipre a different one, or different fonts just like your online logos/names. I just feel that there are some similar written words that have a very different meaning.

    Anyway, thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it for my dad’s Birthday Party next week. To tell you the truth I never found Rice Krispies treats to look very appetizing. My sister and a friend would make them for their kids all the time and I never tried them. The presentation you used is so appealing, they look delicious!!! I will share your recipe with them.

  13. Jen, I LOVED this !!! I personally would be really exited for you to do a pinsiration series. What a neat idea!! I think it could really inspire us to get creative again.
    Hmmm pinspired…..Inspiration…. Seeing a definate theme here… Maybe because it’s well…. You! Your channel has the real X factor it’s a feel good place to hang out with a freind and I always come away feeling like I want to DO something purposeful. Thanks to your chat about reinvention and doing what makes you happy I thought about what would make Me and my family happy what would be true to us?? And so we have this very week made some changes of our own and are already seeing the quality of our life improving!! Thanks Jen!!
    Hugs from Spain
    Sue xx

      1. Absolutely but renewing can refresh the heart. Tried these lovely treats with the kids today, had a fun time in the kitchen and something nice to give freind tooXX

  14. Those are so cute Jen! Thank you so much for sharing! You did a super job making them and with the packaging too!

    I just made these tonight, following your video 🙂 and they are soooo good! Having them half dipped in chocolate is the perfect taste!!

    I didn’t want to be stressed with having to cut the shapes out quickly while trying to keep the chocolate melted, so I cut the hearts out first and only after that started melting the chocolate, so then I was ready to dip as soon as the chocolate was melted!

    Thanks for sharing your experience and what worked and didn’t work as well – appreciated that 🙂

  15. I LOVE this idea!! :)) Love forward to your new series. How about Pinteresting… Pinterest+ Interesting, ( as in what You are interested in ) ?

  16. This was a fun video and blog post…it felt like I was creating with a friend. You have been so funny and carefree in your recent videos.

  17. I love this! Thanks for sharing! I made this for my 2 1/2 and 4 year old girls. I can’t wait to surprise them. I didn’t dip in chocolate but I did add red food coloring to make it pink. I also mixed in about a cup of mini marshmallows when i added in the rice cereal so you get decadent morsels of chewy marshmallows in the treat.

    I love your videos Jen! During your hiatus I have been watching your old YouTube videos 2012-2014. I think you are such a sweet and thoughtful person. You have a wonderful family and I enjoy watching your vlogs. I hope that you continue to share your life and your thoughts with us. My husband probably thinks I’m nuts because I keep saying to him “Well, Jen says that this brand is good…” “Jen has this…” “Jen…” See, we are on a first name basis! Lol.

    You inspired me to clean out and organize my cabinets, pantry, and drawers. Let me tell you it’s not easy getting it done with 3 kids under 4! I love your reviews on products. I enjoy watching what bath products you love because I am a bath product junkie. Lush takes a cut from my paycheck! ;). I also am a foodie so I love your cook nooks and anything related to food. Will we see any more of Don’s cooking??

    I love the Pinspired idea! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    1. Love the variations you made for your valentines! I’m betting they were well received 🙂

      I may try to add more Cook Nooks into the mix that feature Don’s awesomeness.

  18. I like the idea of a Pinspired series. I have so many Pins that look amazing or fun or delicious but I’ve only tried a dozen or so. I think it would be fun to see if they are wonderfully “Pinspired” or sadly “Pinsufficient”. I also like the idea that it covers so many Pinspired things from crafts, decor, recipes, holiday ideas, art, home projects, makeup tips, etc., etc., etc.

    The list is truly endless. You will have more content ideas than you’ll know what to do with for the rest of our lives and for generations to come!!! Looking forward to the next installment of “Pin ala Jen” or “Is it Pinspired or Pinsufficient?”… or whatever name you might choose.

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