These heart-shaped peanut butter crispy hearts are first dipped in pink-tinted white chocolate and then dark chocolate. They are finished with a chocolate-peanut butter drizzle and a lollipop stick.
Make it Your Way
These heart-shaped peanut butter lollipop treats are fun to make for Valentine’s Day or any time. They are made with crispy rice cereal, cut with a cookie cutter, and then dipped in pink-tinted white and dark chocolate. You can use other colors or none for a black-and-white look. You can also cut these crispy treats into star shapes for a patriotic theme or animal shapes such as bunnies or chicks for Easter. The list goes on and on because these treats are so versatile and fun.
I used peanut butter in these crispy rice treats. If you can’t eat peanut butter, just leave it out of the recipe. I also have a recipe for Oreo Crispy Rice Bars and Nutella Crispies Bars which can be made into these heart lollipops if you choose.
Melting the Marshmallows for Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts
Sometimes the finished crispy rice bars will turn out hard instead of chewy. Usually, this happens because the cooking temperature gets too hot when the marshmallows are melted.
When the marshmallows start melting, turn off the heat to prevent overheating.
The mixture will continue melting with the stove heat off. Stir until it has a smooth appearance. Then add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness of these bars. Add the vanilla and stir until well mixed.
Use Waxed Paper to Flatten Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts
After placing the mixed peanut butter mixture into a prepared dish, place a sheet of waxed or parchment paper onto the sticky mixture. Use a spoon or your hand to flatten the mixture. The waxed paper will prevent the marshmallow mixture from sticking to the spoon or your hand, making it easy to spread and flatten.
Use a Heart Cookie Cutter
Use a three-inch heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts, starting at about 1/2 inch from the side of the pan. Usually, the side (or edge) has an uneven surface because it is hard to level there. Cut the hearts close as possible to get the most out of the pan. If you work with the cereal mixture while it is still warm, you can re-form it to cut out more hearts. Or you can eat any leftover pieces!
Coating the Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts in Chocolate
The thinner the chocolate, the easier it is to coat the hearts. You can thin chocolate with vegetable oil after it is melted. Start with a teaspoon of oil, stir, and then add any additional oil if needed to make it thin enough to work with. The recipe amounts for the chocolate might vary depending on how much you use when coating the hearts.
These crispy rice bars will stay fresh for about 3 days. Place them into an airtight container or into a plastic zipper bag. Enjoy!
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