Pretzel ROLO Hearts #ValentinesDay #KidFriendly

These pretzel ROLO hearts are fun and easy to make…so easy, that your kids can help! Each “heart” is made from a pretzel, ROLO chocolate, frosting, and sprinkles. Toddlers can help by placing the chocolates on top the pretzels. Older children can add the frosting, and everyone can enjoy sprinkling their creations with Valentine’s Day colors.


  • parchment paper
  • heart shaped pretzels*
  • frosting
  • sprinkles (red or pink)
  • ROLO chocolate

*I used mini pretzels by Snyder’s of Hanover. These pretzels are more heart shaped than other brands, and they also are thick, so they hold onto their shape even when the chocolate melts.

Turn the oven to 350 degrees. Cut and place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Arrange your pretzels on top of the sheet and parchment paper. How many pretzels you need depends on how many ROLOs you buy.

Next, place one ROLO on the center of each pretzel. When your oven is heated, put the pretzels in for about 5 minutes.

You want the ROLOs to melt. If they melt too much, and the caramel starts to spread out away from the pretzel (like in the photo below), that’s fine. Just wait for the hearts to cool; then you can break the caramel parts off, leaving your hearts intact.

Once your hearts are out of the oven, wait for them to cool. The melted ROLOs will have a circular indentation in the top. Fill these with your frosting. I used a cream cheese cookie icing that came in a squeeze pouch.

Before your frosting hardens, sprinkle your sprinkles over top.

And you’re done! Just wait a few minutes before eating, to make sure that the chocolate and frosting have completely hardened.

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly Valentine’s Day treats?
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Tortino di yogurt ai Baci (yogurt and Baci chocolate loaf cake)

Dozens of press releases end up in my inbox almost daily about new products being released, inventions being patented, conventions, interviews, etc. A few weeks ago, an email about Baci Perugina confections along with included recipes and photos caught my eye. Who doesn’t love chocolate, right? I sent a quick response and was sent some Baci of my own to try out in recipes.

 Baci chocolates- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Baci means “kisses” in Italian. Each chocolate has a message of love wrapped around the individual candy. The outside of these confections are dark chocolate, and the inside is made of gianduia, a whipped chocolate filling blended with chopped hazelnuts, and then topped with a whole hazelnut. These little chocolates have a lot packed in them!

The recipe below was developed by Viola Buitoni of the famed pasta and chocolate family.

Tortino di yogurt ai Baci (yogurt and Baci loaf cake)

by Viola Buitoni


  • 6 to 8 Baci
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown raw sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • grated zest of an orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 six-ounce container plain full fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • powdered sugar


Unwrap and chop the Baci, and then line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest together. Mix in the eggs, then the yogurt, and finally the olive oil. Next, mix the chopped chocolate into the batter and pour the mixture into the lined loaf pan.

Yogurt and Baci chocolate loaf cake. Find the recipe on My Life: A Work in Progress
Bake at 375ºF for about 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Unmold the cake from the loaf pan and let cool on a rack. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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I made this loaf cake for Christmas day dinner with family. It was moist and dense with plenty of chocolate. Personally, I love the taste of yogurt in baked goods; it’s sweet and tart. The orange zest gave really exotic overtones. This is definitely something I plan to make again! You can learn more about Baci at

Would you try this loaf cake? What are some of your favorite baked desserts?

Note: I received complimentary chocolates to test out some recipes. I was not otherwise compensated.

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