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A treat for your valentine

Valentine's Day just couldn't be the same without those heart-shaped boxes of candy or little cartons of conversation hearts, could it? Show your Valentine you really love them with easy-to-make homemade Sweetheart Fudge!

>Sweetheart Fudge

Dark Chocolate Layer:
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Dash of salt

White Chocolate Layer:
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Dash of salt

Other Ingredients/Materials:
Aluminum Foil
64 conversation hearts
64 candy cups or mini muffin cups (preferably in pink or red!)
Red cellophane wrap, cut into 64 5-by-6-inch rectangles
Pipe cleaners in red, pink, or silver sparkles
Two medium-sized microwavable mixing bowls
A knife
A cutting board

1. Line an 8-inch square pan with the aluminum foil and set it aside.
2. In a medium-sized microwavable bowl, combine the dark chocolate layer ingredients. Microwave the mixture on high at 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted (around a minute), stirring in between each interval. When the mixture's smooth, spread evenly into the foil-lined pan.

3. In another medium-sized microwavable bowl, combine the white chocolate layer ingredients. Repeat the melting process as in 2, but stir at 20-second intervals, as white chocolate tends to scorch easily. Spread the white chocolate evenly over the dark chocolate layer.

4. While the fudge is still warm, use a knife to gently etch it into 1-inch squares, and center a conversation heart by gently pressing it in the fudge, message-side up.

5. Chill fudge uncovered in the fridge until hardened, around two hours. Lift the foil to remove the fudge from the pan and place the whole hunk of fudge on a cutting board. Use the knife (you may need a parent's help) to cut off the squares, and then remove the foil from the bottoms.

6. Place each square into one of the cups. Center the cup in the cellophane square and wrap it by gently twisting the wrap, and use two 1-inch pieces to tie the ends. Store at room temperature or leave in the fridge for added firmness.

Makes 64 fudge treats for all of your Valentines!

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