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Easy Party Treats to Make at Home

Updated on February 6, 2013
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Party Treats for Any Holiday

You don't have to spend a fortune to make beautiful holiday party treats. You also don't have to spend forever and a day to prepare treats for an entire classroom. With three children I often ended up making treats for two entire classes for every event. Not only did I want to cut costs but also save myself time.

These party treats are great because they are simple, look like perfect party favors and taste great.

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Make a Heart Shaped Cake

I have seen heart shaped cake pans selling for up to fifteen dollars! That is outrageous! You can make a heart shaped cake any day of the year for the cost of a box of cake mix.

I have included photos so you can see how easy it is to design a cake that says "I love you" for any occasion.

Mix the cake according to the instructions and divide the batter between a square pan and a round pan. Bake according to the instructions and let the cakes cool completely.

Freeze the cakes for about a half hour for easier slicing.

Cut the round cake in half and fit the two circles on each side of the square cake. I used a very large serrated knife to slice through the top of the cakes to make it even.

Freeze the cakes again for easier frosting.

Frost and decorate your cake any way you like. You can use your favorite cake flavor and frosting. It's a fantastic addition to dinner or fabulous party cake for any occasion.

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Topping Variations

  • White Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Colored Sugar
  • Jimmies
  • Nuts
  • Use thin licorice rope for an edge
  • Toffee
  • Cookie Crumbles


Marshmallow Pops!

These adorable pops can be made in a few minutes. Easy enough for kids to make on their own or for moms to make for parties. Children as young as pre-school or Kindergarten can make these cute treats.

Buy an assortment of your favorite flavors to combine into bite sized pops.

Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate and roll it in the sugar. Freeze the pops for a few minutes to harden the chocolate and serve.

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Oreo Cookie Treats

What doesn't go great with an Oreo Cookie? These treats can be made in a flash and are fun for any age. Chocolate comes in many flavors that you can melt and use for dip. Almost every grocery store now carries white and milk chocolate made for melting in the microwave. Some stores have cherry chocolate chips, peanut butter or dark chocolate. In 60 seconds or less you can make cookies extra toothsome by dipping your favorite cookies in chocolate. Pair combinations such as mint and chocolate.

You can add colored and flavored sugar for another sweet layer. Roll the freshly dipped cookie in a coating of nuts, toffee or colored sugar.

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Give 'em a Rice Crispy KISS!

This is such an adorable and tasty treat!

I saw a photograph of this idea. I used the regular recipe for Rice Crispy Treats. Use funnels of different sizes pressing the hot mixture into the funnel with a spatula. Use the appropriate size square of buttered aluminum foil to wrap around the funnel shaped treat.

Small strips of ribbon are perfect for making the 'stem' for the Hershey's Kiss.

All of these treats can be made quickly and aren't very costly to make. They are easy to decorate and can be made for any holiday of the year.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    And you may have one of each! HA! Thanks so much Karl Bivens!

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    Madmannart 4 years ago from Long Beach WA

    I want one of all of them!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks teaches12345...I hope it went well for you!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    I am going to make the marshmallow pop treat next week with my grandkids. They look go good and I am glad they are simple to make. Thanks for the idea. Voted up+++ and shared.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi georgialgal1984 - these are such fun treats and I just love how cute they look! Easy and cheap - who could pass that up?

    Red Velvet cake balls you say? Where?!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you Thelma Alberts! I'm sure these would be a hit...and they are quick to make and not too hard on the pocketbook either!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    These were so easy it seemed criminal. I just love how they look! Little kids could make these at a party because its just dipping...but they do taste great! Thank you so much!

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    Mrs Clark 4 years ago from United States

    Looks yummy! I like to make chocolate covered strawberries, stuffed strawberries, red velvet cake balls, symphony brownies, and more as easy part treats. Thank you for the ideas and I hope your Tuesday is wonderful!

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    Wow! I love these treats. I would like to make this for my niece birthday party. I´m sure it will be an unforgettable one for her with all these yummy sweetie treats. She will love it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    I love your recipes, marshmallows are my very favorite I will have to try this. Voted up and shared. I also pinned.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Audra that is a good idea...you know when I use Fb to post a food photo of something I just made it gets crazy! Almost 100 people were checking out that Greek platter I put out last week! Lol. I decided all writers must be hungry!

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    AudraLeigh 4 years ago

    Awesome!!! AWESOME!!! I think you should make a food column! I know you have the realhousewife page. Add your pics...more of them and your recipes. Mention restaurants too! Be a food critic! I am excited!

    I really love the pic Marshmallow Pops! I don't like marshmallows (except for krispies) and I WANT one!!!

    Great job!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ah! Hey girls...looks like I missed a few comments! So strange! And Im so sorry:(

    Thanks a whole bunch - these are some super great treats. So easy to make. The girls came home and one took a picture and put it on Instagram - she said it got over 50 likes in a few minutes:) haha. So fun to give them such a cheap but exciting surprise!

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    What a great hub and thank you for sharing.

    Here's to many more.

    Have a great day and thank you for sharing.

    Eddy.

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    These are great ideas! I got a heart-shaped pan at a yard sale for less than a buck! Score! So far I've made a heart-shaped meatloaf, but I can use it for cakes, brownies, even casseroles! haha. I love your neat treats! :-)

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    Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

    These look great! You know, I swear I came by before and left a comment, but with my sketchy internet, I think cyberspace ate it. LOL...maybe it wanted to eat it because this hub is simply delicious! I'm craving marshmallows and oreos now. hahaha. WONDERFUL hub and beautiful photos!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    They taste great too Capedium...that is the only downfall of HP - you can't pass out sample trays:) lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi ImKarn23! ha! See? Anyone can do this one - which is the total beauty of it! I know what you are talking about...I always have to practice and do something simple - that just looks pretty and can pass a taste test:) I dreaded the parties...so afraid I was not going to be able to pull them off and my kids whole class would start throwing candies at me or something!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you so much Glimmer Twin! This is a snap to make - and sometimes during party season I get in a bind because I have two or more parties to "cater"..lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you torrilynn! This is a quick and easy pleaser!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    HI prasetio! Thanks so much - I bet you would like the chocolate dipped ones especially!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Those are the best right cre8ivONe? The life savers you can do in a huge hurry and they still look pretty and taste sweet!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you CarNoobz! They were pretty tasty!

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    Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

    They look nice

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Kelly - what amazingly creative AND simple ideas! So simple, in fact - that i feel confident that even I could do it..lol..

    I have made a heart cake - with pink icing and red cinnamon hearts on top..(awwww...) - and once - i even made a 'barbie' cake - where you stick a barbie doll to the waist into a high cake trimmed to be shaped like a hoop skirt..it was a huge hit with my daughter..

    other than that, creative h'orderves or treats scares hell out of me - so - thanks for this!

    (the oreos look like they're smiling - adorable!)

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

    I love that these are simple but pack such a powerful punch so to speak. They look gorgeous and people love to snack on them. I think I'm going to make the marshmallows for my daughter's valentines day party. Up awesome and pinned.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    Thanks for these treat ideas. They were really interesting and informational. I love snacks and will definetly be using some of these in the future for any parties that I might have. Thanks and voted up.

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Cute, adorable about cake decorating. I believe that it also delicious as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

    Nice and easy ideas! Thanks!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh diet smiet! blah! you aren 't allowed to diet on VD! lol

    I was way too cheap to spend all that money on a pan I might use once a year! I have been making that heart shaped cake for a dozen years...never fails and it looks great even making it from home. you just let them cool forever so they don't break:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    thanks so much CarNoobz! I didn't eat any...but the kids loved them!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Ruichira - I bet your son would love them:). Sharon helped me a ton with this hub...making suggestions and proofing for me...She should get half the credit! lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hi Suzie HQ - thank you! All of these treats are the best because they're so darn easy to make. i love adding something special to dinner...but if it takes forever to make - forget it! lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hey Gus - thank you! I always notice people out hunting for recipes before dinner time:) I have to tell you, I am not big on the sweets...but I still make stuff like that for the kids. no matter what...I will always love a good rice crispy treat!

    Thank so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hi Carly! and it's just so easy...they look artful don't they? haha. Thank you!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    thanks Tammy! they look so cute but it's just silly how easy they are to make! Yep even the baby can dip 'em!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hahahaha Ok Marshmallow:) thats hilarious! OMG guess what my CB handle was??!!

    GO GO LATRINE!

    hahaha i always had to go to the bathroom?

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I've been trying to avoid this hub as I'm on a diet. But I couldn't resist one day longer and here I am :)

    Everything looks so good. I have two heart shaped cake pans that someone gave me years ago. I like how you've shown how to cut cakes to make the heart shapes.

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    CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

    Those marshmallow pops look so good!

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    CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

    Those marshmallow pops sure look good.

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    Gosh this is AWESOME!

    So simple yet creative. I have to go to look out for these various dips which can be melted and voila, I am in business :)

    voted up as awesome, Kelly. Loved it!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi RealHousewife,

    How adorable and fun these treats look! I fancy these myself never mind for the kids! Great simple ideas that will surely impress, love the ideas particularly the rice krispie kiss and the marshmallow tops!

    Votes ++++ shared and pinned!

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    Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

    Howdy Kelly (RealHousewife) -

    Just post a food article and I could tell you who will show up (including me). :-)

    My bride will go for those marshmallow things. Me, not so much. They surely do look inviting, but I am not much for marshmallows. those oreo things and the rice crispies anchored with chocolate certainly get my vote. Thanks for this tasty article.

    Gus :-)))

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    CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Yummy these look so good. Kids love marshemellows, you just can not go wrong with them. Great hub!!!

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow! This looks gourmet! I love them all, especially the marshmellos. I know my daughter would love to make those. This is an awesome hub!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    ha! its a good morning with good lady! Thank you!

    I have been working on my photography skills lately so its fun to have something to practice with:) lol.

    The grand daughters will LOVE these...and so will you because its so darn easy!

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    Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Rocky Road sounds awesome too! Did you know that back in the days of CB radios, my "handle" was Marshmallow! Why? Because I was white, fluffy, sweet and a lot of fun at camp outs! LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    aw Lela! dang why didnt I think of the graham crackers? GREAT idea! thanks for adding it!

    i was thinking Rocky Road with the chocolate and peanuts!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you everyone!

    Carol - pins are the best! TY so much!

    lemonkerdz - I am positive the kiddies will love making these with you. eating them is even better!

    billybuc - sure! come on over buddy...Dave used to wear. 34 waist in jeans when i met him...he's now fat and happy in a snug 38! he says it MY fault...I dont hold a gun on him! lol

    drbj! thank you! I'm more of a kitchen COO COO!

    thank you so much Sharon and you helped me a ton with this hub! ha! TY TY

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    Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

    It's all just so adorable! And so many terrific ideas that are so do-able.

    Your hub looks so pretty and inviting.

    I'd like to try some of these ideas out when I get to spend some time with my little grand daughters. Thanks.

    voted, shared and pinning!

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    Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Marshmallows dipped in chocolate, then rolled in graham cracker crumbs - instant S'mores! What a clever idea this is. You are the best, K.

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    Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    These treats are awesome. I love the fact of how quick they are to make. The heart cake is a great idea. I never thought of how the two pans will make a heart - very cool. I also like the tips about putting the cake in the freezer before cutting. And thank you so much for linking my "melting" hub. Oh, and, I really love the heart divider - so cute!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    Kelly - You are one of my favorite Kreative Kitchen Kooks. Whoa! I mean Cooks! What ingenious, imaginative ideas. Bravo and an UP!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I wanna eat at your house from now on. I'm serious. I would weight 280 if I hung with you for a month. :) Great looking treats, Kelly!

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    lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

    RealHousewife, i love the idea, for a quick but nice looking party treat. Thats given me an idea of what to do when i go back to england to visit my nieces this year they would love these. Thanks

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Well I am ready to have a very sweet party. Great and simple ideas. Thanks for sharing VOting UP and pinning.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Yummy hub! You always say easy . . . for you . . . lol. Really, these look like so much fun and delicious too. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Voted up +++ and sharing

    In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    hey Love Doctor! thank you so much!

    The pops are so easy to make its ridiculous. I used to spend hours trolling the internet looking for stuff to make like this for class room parties. The most fun stuff was always the most basic and simplest crafts with food:) lol

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    lovedoctor926 4 years ago

    Those marshmallow pops look inviting. And the oreos dipped are delicious! The heart-shaped cake makes a great valentine's day treat. voting up awesome!