Bee mine.

Looking for a Valentine’s treat to make with your kids that isn’t heart-shaped?

How about these sweet honey bees?

(Please forgive the photos… After an outdoor temper tantrum resulted in my camera hitting the asphalt, my lens no longer zooms. Add that to the chronically terrible light in my apartment, & close-up photos will look interesting until we can get the lens replaced. Or we move. Or both.)

I found this recipe at Disney’s Family Fun Magazine site for “Bee Mines” & decided to make it my own. Theirs sure are cute, but they used sliced almonds for the wings. A) I didn’t feel like buying a whole bag of sliced almonds for 1 recipe, & B) They wound up looking suspiciously like striped, eyeless rabbits.

So here’s my version.

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Rice Krispies (a Ziploc bag & a rolling pin can do wonders)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • optional: mini chocolate chips (maybe white chocolate?) They would make for better eyes than my method did with the piping bag.

1. Combine peanut butter, honey, & crushed cereal in a bowl & stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.

2. Shape heaping teaspoonfuls (I used an actual tea spoon — you know, from your silverware drawer — because it was already an oval shape) into teardrop-like shapes (rounded end is the head, pointed end is the stinger). Chill until firm.

3. Pour chocolate chips into a small Ziploc baggie or disposable piping bag & microwave on medium 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stopping every 30 seconds to rotate & knead the bag.

4. Clip off the corner to make a small opening in the bag. Pipe bee wings onto wax paper, making sure there’s plenty of chocolate at each wing’s base for stability; put the wax paper in the freezer to harden.

5. Remove bees from refrigerator. Pipe 3-4 stripes across each bee’s body. Don’t pipe them straight across; round them a little to give the illusion of a head. (I know, I’m not very good at explaining this. Here’s a picture.)

6. Remove wings from freezer. Pipe a dollop of chocolate between the top two stripes & press a wing set into the chocolate dollop to attach. Pipe on eyes (or use mini chocolate chips).

7. Serve chilled or they will get mushy & melted… Just like you do for your Valentine. {tee hee!}

So sweet!

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Bee mine.

  1. Sue

    Very cute, and tasty too!

  2. Wendy C

    Those are super cute!

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