What are you supposed to do when it’s the Thursday before the Friday of Valentine’s Day weekend and you realize you should really bring in something festive for your team at work (being that they are the loves of your life when you’re away from your family, not to mention that you spend 40+ hours a week with them and all). Only hiccup is that you still have to get the kids off the bus, then there’s karate and beach volleyball practice, and lunches to be packed, and homework to oversee, and dinner to be made, and hair that hasn’t been washed since Monday, and nails that are chipping, and ideally you’d sneak a run in at the track (but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen).
And I’m sorry, but I can’t half ass things, so going to the grocery store and buying pre-made cupcakes or sugar cookies is not an option. That to me is about as depressing to me as an unmade bed.
My solution was actually surprisingly simple and involved just a quick stop at Ralph’s on the way to dropping the boys off at their activities.
I grabbed regular and red velvet Oreos, festive sprinkles, white and milk chocolate morsels and I was on my way.
I fashioned a double broiler out of a bowl and a pot of boiling water and poured in the white chocolate morsels. Side note: you cannot melt chocolate on a direct flame or it will burn…been there and done that.
I learned 2 bags of morsels later that white chocolate does not melt easily because it’s not really chocolate. However, Google advised that pouring in a tablespoon or two of canola oil or vegetable oil when it’s starting to melt will keep the consistency creamy and smooth. What did we do before Google?
The milk chocolate melted much easier and didn’t require as much work as the white chocolate.
Then I dipped the Oreos half way in the melted chocolates and laid them on a baking pan lined with parchment paper, sprinkling them immediately.
The color combos feel so festive, don’t they?
Then I popped the trays in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until the chocolate hardened and they were ready to be dispersed into treat sacks.
I tied some red and white twine around them and called it a wrap.
Only problem is we are still finding sprinkles stuck to our bare feet even after several runs of the vacuum, kind of like glitter from gift wrap that won’t go away. But whatevs, I’m so laid back I hardly notice it. 🙂