11 Fun Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ With Food

11 Fun Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ With Food

Here are some sweet, simple ways to show your kids love this Valentine’s Day (or any day!).

By Lorraine Allen

Even if you haven’t had time to deck the house in all things pink, or handcraft dozens of Valentine’s for your kids’ classmates, you’re still going to have to feed the kids, right? It takes just a few minutes to make their regular meals and treats a little extra special for the holiday. Here are 10 delicious ways to make Valentine’s Day even sweeter and more memorable by saying I love you through food:

1. Cut their toast, waffles, or pancakes into heart shapes using a cookie cutter (or use a metal cutter as a template for pouring pancake batter). Top with strawberry or raspberry jam and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

2. Cut strawberries lengthwise into thin slices and you’ll have perfect heart-shaped toppers for a bowl of ice cream, cup of yogurt, or stack of waffles or pancakes. Or just place them around the edge of a plate for a sweet decoration.

3. Make hot dogs for dinner and write “LOVE” in ketchup across the top.

4. Cut watermelon slices into heart shapes using a small cookie cutter, and trim halved strawberries into heart shapes. Slide onto wooden skewers for a healthy treat.

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5. Make a heart-shaped burger patty and serve on an open-faced bun, topped with ketchup and sliced grape tomatoes.

6. Use colorful veggies like green beans, carrot sticks, bell peppers, and peas to spell out a short love note on a plate.

7. Buy or bake a pound cake, cut it into slices, then cut these into heart shapes and top with chocolate frosting and red berries.


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8. Make a strawberry-banana smoothie and serve with a paper cup that that you can write a personalized love note on. A red straw completes the festive presentation.

9. Make heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches using store-bought or homemade heart- shaped cookies and softened strawberry ice cream. Dip the edges in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips, then freeze until firm before serving.

10. Use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter as a mold to shape rice, macaroni and cheese, or mashed potatoes on their plates.

11. Dust a plate with cocoa powder or confectioner’s sugar and then trace the word love with your finger for a fun and sweet presentation for any dessert.

How do you say “I love you” with food?

Lorraine is a freelance parenting, health and food writer, and she shares her cooking adventures and family recipes at MixPlayEat.com.

Image ©iStock.com/ThitareeSarmkasat

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