If it's time to find party snack recipes for a birthday party, baby shower, or Valentine's Day, check out this recipe for Love Bugs. They're sure to be a hit! This recipe is one of our easy Valentine's Day treats ideas you can whip up in no time. However, it also works any time of year as a party snack! And don't forget to check out our other Valentines party snack ideas too. Happy Valentine's Day! We will be including some affiliate links in our posts below as well.
Love Bugs with Hostess Snoballs for Valentine's Party Snacks
My husband and I were in the grocery store shopping for another recipe when I saw these pink Hostess Snoballs snack cakes on the shelf. That's when it hit me. I could totally make Love Bugs with these. I searched the internet as well as Pinterest and NO ONE has made this recipe before. It's very rare that I actually come up with something that isn't already flooded out there on the internet so I was pretty excited to get home and make this fun valentine’s day snack. These would also be special treats you can hand out individually at a party, or send as a school snack on Valentine's Day!
If you are not into bugs, you could make Valentine snakes or caterpillars with the Snoballs instead if you'd like. It would be a little more work but it's all up to personal preference. No need for a cookie cutter or special tools as we made this recipe as simple as possible. One thing I will mention with this recipe is you can certainly leave the legs off or even add more legs.
How to Assemble
I wanted to make these Snoballls as “bug” shaped as possible. We started off with the pink snack cake and added details including pretzels, mini M&M's, and candy eyeballs. Adding your details to the Luv Bug is easy– all you need is a tube of frosting or some melted chocolate to work as the “glue”. Pretzel rods easily stick into the sides of the snack cake with no icing needed. We found all these simple ingredients right at Walmart, so this one is definitely an easy recipe you can put together at the last minute!
I wanted to add Conversation Hearts candies to the “antennae” but we could not find conversation hearts anywhere! In the past I've seen them at Dollar Tree in those single serve boxes. We never did see them, but at the local dollar store we found and bought foam candy hearts with sticky backs. We were so excited when we opened the package and saw that some of the foam hearts said love bug on them. You can definitely use what you have on hand for these, and even add grapes or raisins instead of candy for an addition that contains less sugar .
Here's what you will need to make these valentines party snacks
1 Box of Pink Hostess Snoballs
Conversation hearts or Heart stickers from the dollar store
Follow the instructions in the recipe to assemble this fun snack! Once you make one or two, you can let the whole family make these! Of course, kids like to decorate their own desserts, so these Luv Bugs are a good idea to keep the kids busy as well.
How to Serve:
There are lots of easy options for serving these! If you just have one or two people, arrange them on a heart shape dessert or napkin for a sweet treat with no fuss. For a larger group, I like the idea of arranging them on a large platter. You can continue the “bug” theme by making a garden of fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, and other fruits like grapes, apple slices and more. Add a couple fruit kabobs for additional centerpieces on your platter to resemble branches! This is a fun way to achieve a larger dessert! It's also an option for healthy Valentine's Day treats for those who cannot have sugar. Fruit is also a great balance for school parties and anyone who likes to include healthy alternative snacks along with sweets.
These Luv Bug Valentine's Day Snacks are also a fun idea for adults, believe it or not! If you have a special occasion planned at work or with a group of friends, add a couple of these to a valentine's day snack board! Add good stuff like nuts, chocolate hearts like Dove or Russel Stover, and your favorite ingredients for a cheese board. Other decorations include mini marshmallows, rice krispies treats, and even a bowl of red velvet puppy chow mix! (Find our Valentine's Day snack mix here!)
Check out our other valentines party snacks.
Check out some of these other easy valentine’s day treats that would be perfect for valentines day. We've also included some healthy valentine’s day treats as well.
No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake Minis Recipe
If you're looking for a sweet and romantic Valentine's Day dessert, this No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake may be on your list of things to try! The festive red colors make it perfect whether it's enjoyed by one or many. Making cheesecakes at home with cream cheese can sometimes seem like an intimidating task but fear not because they are easy enough that even beginners could tackle them with ease – plus no need spend all day in the kitchen cooking up some delicious food when there is already plenty available out here waiting just want preparing something different every night during February .
Brownie Cupcake Recipe for Valentines
These Brownie Cupcakes will definitely have your guests talking! They're a double layer dessert that you can make at home. No need to go out and buy expensive cake, cookies or ice cream when these delicious treats deliver the same satisfies in way less time with much lower calories counted too.
VALENTINES DAY TREAT: 5 Cherry Muddy Mix
The best way to get your Valentine's Day off on the right foot is by making some delicious treats. This 5 Cherry Muddy Mix will be perfect for sharing with friends and family members. This Valentine’s snack mix can be made ahead and stored in an air tight container. It's an easy valentine’s day dessert that the kids can have fun making as well.
Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks
If you love Valentine's day desserts but are looking for a healthy dessert option, check out these healthy valentine treats perfect for the entire family.
- Peanut Butter on Celery with Mini Valentine's M&M's (in place of raisins for a treat)
- Strawberry Smoothie (just add about 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt and frozen strawberries! Add any juice to thin out to a smoothie consistency.
- Cherry tomato hearts (arrange on a platter in a heart shape with other veggies inside)
- Apple sandwich –thin slice apples horizontally and then add your favorite fruit to the middle
- Heart potatoes – homemade roasted potato slices become a Valentine's day treat when you use a heart cookie cutter and cut them into tiny hearts before air frying or roasting!
- Any of your favorite Gluten Free, or sugar free delicious cookie recipe with candy eyes!
- Lollipop sticks with fruit or chocolate-drizzled fruit
- Milk with pink milk heart ice cubes
Unwrap your Snoball and take one pretzel stick and break it in half. Stick one conversation heart on the end of each pretzel stick by peeling the back of the foam heart. If you are using actual conversation hearts you can attach them with frosting or decorating gel. Next attach the pretzel sticks to the top of your snoball. Now you will want to add a little frosting or gel to the back of your candy eyeballs and attach them to the front of your snowball. Now you're going to add your spots on the bug. A great way to do that is to also use the frosting or gel to attach the mini M&M's to the top back of your bug. Last but not least it's time to add your legs. You can add as many as four to six legs to your bug. You can even add a little frosting to the ends for feet.
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