Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Un-Valentine Dessert: Chocolate Broken Heart Treats

Valentine's Day is coming up on Monday the 14th but not everyone has a special someone.  Or perhaps you're just not in a loving, romantic mood this year.  Or maybe, just maybe.... you're sick of seeing all the fancy, cutesy, festive, decorative and beautiful-looking food out there because you know you can't make it or emulate it!!!  I know I can't!  I am NOT a neat and clean kind of baker or cook!  I will prove that with several example photos tomorrow actually. 

Therefore, when your attempts to make heart-shaped cereal treats fall apart, I mean LITERALLY fall apart.... don't get upset!  Just go with it!  In fact, do what I did.....  make a broken heart treat!  Be original.  Be different.  Be candid.  How many recipes will you see for an un-valentine?  Huh?  Huh?  Yeah, that's what I thought!

So don't go for the best looking desserts during this romantic season.... go for the most creative and simple instead.  Just tell your friends and family that your heart is broken and it's up to them to put it back together (or make you feel and look whole again)!   :-)

And please enjoy this recipe and idea of mine.  It doesn't get much easier than this which I why I love it and had to share it here!  :-)

Chocolate Broken Heart Treats

(Makes 15 - 18)

3 cups of rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1 bag (11 oz) of chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli milk chocolate)
a heart shaped cookie cutter

Generously spray an 11x7 inch baking pan (or an 8x8 inch size pan) with cooking spray.  Set aside.  In a medium size sauce pan, melt the chocolate chips at medium heat on the stove.  Stir continually until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Add in the 3 cups of rice cereal.  Gently mix until all rice is incorporated and covered in the chocolate liquid.  Spoon out the chocolate rice cereal into the greased baking pan.  Press down firmly and evenly throughout the pan.  Place in the fridge for at least two hours before cutting. 

To make the broken hearts, I first cut the chocolate rice cereal into 15 squares.  I then used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to form a heart out of the square, like the below photo: 

Since the rice breaks apart easily, the "heart" may actually "break" on its own.  Or you can use a knife to cut a slit down the center and "break" it apart yourself. 

Have fun with this dessert and telling your friends and loved ones what they can do with it or how they can "fix" your "broken heart."!  Serve them with a knife or fork through them as well. 

Keep them chilled in the fridge until ready to eat so the chocolate won't begin to melt.  Or you can let them melt a little so they'll become really ugly and look like the heart is pooping or bleeding brown goop.  How's that for a Valentine?  ;-)

Enjoy!  And I hope your heart isn't breaking over how silly this recipe and my post is today!  :-)  Have a Happy Un-Valentine's Day or a regular Valentine's Day, whatever you choose to celebrate! 


  1. You're the best recipe rescuer I know!!

  2. Thanks for a good laugh today! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's not a picture perfect food creator.