That’s Love: 5 Three-Ingredient Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming, whether you like it or not. Some despise the holiday while others await it excitedly, but regardless of how festive you are, it’s safe to say that a lot of Americans will be indulging in some chocolate this weekend, regardless if you’re buying it for a loved one, offering it a party thrown for all those you adore, or simply throwing yourself the pity party in which only one guest (chocolate) is invited.

A lot of Americans put a lot of energy into either hating or loving the holiday, but these three-ingredient Valentine’s Day recipes found around the Web require almost no effort. Whether you’re baking for one, two, or a crowd, these simple recipes are bound to make a Valentine’s Day believer out of anyone — except those who don’t like chocolate.

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1. Three-ingredient Valentine’s Day M&M fudge

First up is a recipe for good old-fashioned fudge, but not the kind you have to slave over in the kitchen. This recipe comes from the woman behind Creme de la Crumb, and she says that it is basically foolproof. All you do is simply melt condensed milk and white chocolate together, stir in M&M’s, and then allow the mixture to cool in a prepared pan overnight. The next day, you can top your white fudge with more M&M’s or even sprinkles if you are feeling creative.

This recipe for M&M fudge is especially useful for this upcoming Valentine’s Day because the date falls on a Friday, a work day for many, so you may not have a lot of time in the kitchen before your big date, whether it’s with your companion or yourself that night. Thanks to this fudge recipe, though, you can simply prepare your dessert the night before and then add your sprinkles or M&M’s in the morning, making this not only a three-ingredient recipe but also close to a three-minute one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag (about 2 cups) white chocolate or vanilla chips
  • 1 bag M&M candies

Directions: Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with wax paper or nonstick foil and spray with cooking spray. In a medium sauce pan, add condensed milk and chocolate (or vanilla) chips. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring throughout, until smooth. Gently stir in M&M candies (reserve about 1/2 cup). Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved M&M’s onto mixture, gently pressing into fudge (optional: if you want to add sprinkles, do it now!).

Allow to cool at room temperature overnight before cutting into squares. (You can also put it in fridge to speed up the process.) Store in airtight container.

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