5 Three-Ingredient Treats for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming, whether you like it or not. Love or hate the holiday, it’s a wonderful excuse to indulge in chocolate this weekend–and thankfully you don’t need to put a lot of energy into whipping up a delicious treat.

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 chips. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring throughout, until smooth. Gently stir in M&M candies (reserve about half a cup). Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved M&M’s onto mixture, gently pressing into fudge. If you want to add sprinkles, do so now.

Allow to cool at room temperature, or place in the fridge, before cutting into squares.  Store in airtight container.

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2. Thee-ingredient Valentine’s Day truffles

Next up: truffles. Yes, truffles, because everyone deserves a chocolate truffle on Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or attached. These little desserts are often overlooked, but once you sink your teeth into one of these babies, via Eat Live Run, they’ll never be forgotten. What’s more, they come together in no time and are a guaranteed hit. Heavy cream and dark chocolate? Not many can attest to that, especially when you decorate them with sprinkles.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • pink and red sprinkles or tiny candy hearts

Directions: Chop the chocolate finely and place 6 ounces of it in a heatproof bowl (glass or Pyrex works best). You don’t need a food scale for this — just use your best judgment, it doesn’t have to be exact. Bring the cream to a simmer on the stove. Then, pour over the chocolate. Keep stirring until all the chocolate melts. Set aside and let cool at room temperature for one hour.

Then, scoop the chocolate into a pastry bag or a plastic bag and pipe out small, quarter-sized rounds of chocolate onto a lined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a simmer on the stove and place a large metal bowl over it to form a makeshift double boiler. Place the remaining two ounces of chocolate in the metal bowl and melt (make sure absolutely no water gets into the chocolate, or else it will be ruined). Take the chocolates out of the freezer and put a little melted chocolate on your hands. Then, roll the balls of chocolate until they are smooth. Immediately roll in the sprinkles. Store chocolates in the fridge or freezer.

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3. Three-ingredient Valentine’s Day chocolate bark

Another foolproof plan is going the chocolate bark route on February 14. This ridiculously easy yet decadent dessert from CrunchCreamySweet.com is no-nonsense and once again can be made the night before or an hour ahead of time. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare this simple little dessert, and after it’s refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, you’re golden — as long as it makes it there. Chocolate bark is one of those sweet treats that looks a lot more impressive than it really is. With this dessert, you will have no trouble inspiring your guests, whether or not you’re trying to impress them on this holiday.

Ingredients:

  • 7 whole and ¼ graham crackers
  • 1 (4.2 ounce) bar of chocolate
  • ½ cup M&M’s
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions: Layer graham crackers in a 9-by-13-inch baking sheet. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Spread over the crackers. Arrange the M&M’s and sprinkles. Let set in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Break into pieces.

Chocolate Pudding

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4. Three-ingredient chocolate mousse

If you’re going to make bark, you might as make mousse, too, right? No? But this recipe from Eugenie Kitchen for three-ingredient chocolate mousse is arguably another recipe too good to pass up this Valentine’s Day. Though everyone loves mousse, many people only order it in restaurants because they fail to recognize that it can easily be made at home. Luckily, we’ve got your back, and now you can add this recipe to your dessert arsenal. This recipe yields four servings, but once you have a taste, you may want to consider doubling.

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 50 grams marshmallows (about 8 large marshmallows)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • whipped cream, shredded coconut (optional, to serve)

Directions: In a microwave-safe bowl, add in 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate, ¼ cup of whipping cream, and 8 big marshmallows. Baking dark chocolate like Nestle noir with 52 percent cocoa is fine for this recipe. Microwave it for one minute. Make sure that you use a big enough container, because marshmallows rise. Stir a little to roughly combine. Then microwave for one more minute and stir until homogeneously mixed.

Now whip ½ cup of whipping cream without sugar until thick. Pour ⅓ of whipped cream into now-cooled chocolate mixture and fold to combine. Then pour the remaining whipped cream and fold until and homogeneously mixed. In baking, this is a good way of mixing light mixture and dense mixture. Half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract is optional here.

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator if you prefer cool chocolate mousse. Serve with preferred toppings.

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5. Three-ingredient no-bake chocolate-peanut butter cake

Last, you’re making a cake. Yes, a three-ingredient cake. Oh, and did we mention it is no-bake? This recipe for this three-ingredient no-bake chocolate-peanut butter layer cake comes from Food.com and reportedly only takes 20 minutes. Better yet, it’s best when made ahead of time, so now you have no excuse but to put your apron on the night before the big day and then have your holiday to celebrate in peace. Whip up this easy cake a couple of days before February 14 and you’ll have a winner, because on Valentine’s Day, who needs dinner when you have dessert?

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag peanut butter chips
  • 18 chocolate graham crackers, whole

Directions: Heat ⅔ cup cream in a large microwavable bowl until steaming. Add chips and whisk until smooth; slowly whisk in remaining cream, then chill 15 minutes.

Beat the chilled cream just until soft peaks form. Arrange three graham crackers, side by side, long sides touching, on a serving plate (looks nice on a rectangular plate, if you have one). Spread crackers evenly with ½ cup cream mixture. Repeat for four more layers, then add 1 more layer of crackers only. Chill layers (and leftover whipped cream) for 1 hour.

Spread top and sides of “cake” with remaining whipped cream “frosting.” Chill four hours, or up to two days. Decorate cake with more peanut butter chips, if desired. Slice with a serrated knife, using a sawing motion.

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