Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Snack With My Sweetie Pie

This Valentine's snack is for one of my sweetie pies -
my granddaughter that I am babysitting.

She loves chocolate milk - just great old Hershey's
syrup mixed in milk and made more fun in a pretty cup.

She was staying with me for a couple of days and I wanted
to make something special so I made some
Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
topped with a little
  chocolate love.

I included additional raspberry jam, but we really didn't 
need it.

The muffins were hot out of the oven 
bursting with mini chocolate chips and raspberries.
Then I topped
them with Dove chocolates.  
I made some of them without the heart sprinkles and
my granddaughter didn't like the fact that some 
were missing the sprinkles.  I told her that I hadn't
decided which way I would like them best.  

Of course the sprinkles ones went first.

I had picked up some fun old fashioned candy sticks when I had
the chance to visit Trader Joes in Las Vegas.  Each glass got
a candy stick (in pinks and reds of course!)

If I ever get close to a Trader Joe's I fill a suitcase full of
goodies to bring home.  This time we went back three times
to pick up more and more and more goodies!

I just love Dove chocolate.  It is so smooth and wonderful and these
fun hearts are perfect for Valentines.  You can see the warm muffins beginning
to melt the Dove hearts as the pictures progress.

I have to say that I could hardly stop eating and licking my
fingers long enough to take photos.

Does your camera ever get covered with food?  Mine sure
does - so far it hasn't killed it yet.

The flavor combination was incredible - definitely serve them warm.

She would probably want you to notice her nails which we had
done this morning!  Then after school we had to go shopping
for clothes.  She is 7and wanted to look for high heels at Target.
We didn't find any (whew!)

She wasn't the only one who got in on the warm fresh 
muffins.  My daughter-in-law and my youngest son 
walked in right as the pictures were done and everybody
got to sample the yummy, hot muffins.  I was 
rewarded with lots of oohs and aahs!

I will be sharing these warm yummy goodies with

And I will share the recipe with you in my
next post!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Jacqueline, what a lucky little girl!! Those muffins look delicious! How fun to put the chocolate milk in pretty glasses. So fun and festive!

  2. it all looks so darling, from the spoons to the tray~ a treat i love is to drop a dove piece in the bottom of your hot chocolate, like i need a reason to drink faster!

    did you read chocolate chocolate? i hope you will still do a visual review, if you do, let me know at food for thought so i can link back to you, whatever you do is always fab!

  3. Your little grand daughter must love spending time at your house when she gets so many special treats, Jackie! You are giving her wonderful memories.

    I love Trader Joe's and wiush there were one closer to me. I also agree that Dove chocolates are divine! Your cupcakes look so delicious.

  4. Love is in the air...oh la la

  5. Everything looks yummy! Your granddaughter must have a wonderful time with you.

  6. That's quite the snack there, darlin'! :-)

  7. Love her nail polish(my boys just don't want to:) ).. and the Bonne maman..and the muffins..Cute cute cute Jacqueline!
    I was hoping her little face would be the "pièce de résistance"!

  8. Sounds like you had lots of fun with your granddaughter! Love the nail polish:@)

  9. I'd say that was perfect timing!
    Your treats look so good!

  10. What a fun treat for Kylie. Hmmm -- food on my that why the toggle on my camera doesn't work? Love all the red and the staging. Joni

  11. Hi Jacqueline,

    I can't wait for you to post the recipe for these muffins. They look so yummy!

    Danielle xo

  12. Isn't everything better with sprinkles? Those muffins look irresistible! You're an awesome grandma- I know your granddaughter enjoyed her treat! :)

  13. Oh they sound absolutely wonderful!!! Beautiful photos too- and I LOVE Traders!! Their trail mix is delightful!! Thanks in advance for sharing at FNF :)

  14. A very nice and yummy way to spend with your granddaughter. Yummy!

  15. She's going to remember this Valentine's Day, with all those special treats!

  16. Oh Jacqueline...your sweetie & mine would get along so well...the nails, the high heel wishes & the need for sprinkles! Two peas in a pod!
    Isn't time spent with our little grandgirls just the most special of hours??!! I hate to see mine go home.

    You did a wonderful job of making those muffins even more special for her. I don't live too far from a TJ's so anytime you need something, just let me know. I'll be happy to go shopping for you!


  17. You are so lucky to get to spoil your granddaughter! And what a lucky girl she is too. The muffins look delish! XO Cindy

  18. Chocolate and girls, a perfect pair! LOL at the high heel shopping, oh how I would love a GRAND~daughter. I have 3 GRANDsons who love cars and dirt and lawnmowers!!! yes lawnmowers! Raspberry Choc die for!

  19. What a fun grandmama you are! Those muffins look FABULOUS -- what a great flavor combo! And, of COURSE, you must have sprinkles -- when you're seven, for sure! My granddaughter (8)and grandson (6) are coming this weekend, and we are definitely going to bake!

  20. You're making beautiful memories with this sweetie pie! I think little girls just adore having all the special things done with & for them.I really miss those early days with my granddaughter.

    Your muffins look delish and I'm sure they were!


  21. You are a bad influence!! LOL.. I love chocolate and this makes me drool! I wouldn't have thought of trying chocolate chips in a muffin but it does sound good. Kids love sprinkles! My daughter would always find one with the most! I've never been to a Trader Joes but I've heard of them. Sounds like a fun place to find some goodies!
    Well anyway starting the day with Chocolate Raspberry Muffins sounds delightful to me!

  22. I sure wish I had a granddaughter to spoil with HOT muffins! Can't wait for the recipe, I will spoil my HONEY:):) Loved her nails. I am in Fl. right now so way behind on e-mils due to VERY limited computer access. XO, Pinky

  23. This is one cheery table, one that any granddaughter would feel special to have set for her. I can see you know just how to create memories with her.

  24. Everything looks so yummy! (I think I'm hungry now.) You had such a sweet time with your granddaughter. Thanks for taking us along.

  25. I'm ooo-ing and aww-ing here too! I decided this morning I just had to stop the sweets for a while and lose a few pounds-you are killing me here! I can't give them up entirely-I do allow myself 2 or 3 of those Dove hearts or Hershey Kisses with my coffee. You gotta have a little chocolate every day!

  26. Lovely post! Looks wonderful.Thanks for sharing JoAnn

  27. Your muffins do look delicious! Made even better with warm chocolate :)

    Your granddaughter must feel like a princess when she comes to stay (and rightly so) ;)

  28. Yummmm, I can smell the muffins! And with my favorite, chocolate milk. What a lucky granddaughter!

  29. That's the kind of afternoon I dream I'll have one day. I miss those days with my little girls now grown. I hope I have a granddaughter (or ten) one day.

    This is just darling to me. I love the peppermint sticks as stirs. It's my firm opinion that everything just tastes better when served in festive stemware and on a pretty presentation.

    And I saw those cookies in the previous post while reading. Oh, wow. I loved the chocolate sugar lips.

  30. Lucky little girl to spend time with you! Dove chocolates are my favorite, too! ~ sarah

  31. Now I feel like muffins! I can almost smell them.scrummy!!..
    lucky little granddaughter and just love her nails.

  32. That is adorable (and looks delish!)! I would love for you to share it at my Valentines party @!

  33. What a lucky granddaughter, Jacqueline, to be treated to those yummy muffins & chocolate milk. I look forward to the recipe...mmmm!!

  34. What a great way to celebrate valentine's day...with ones you love. Everything looks yummy! I'll bet your granddaughter LOVED her nails! Happy Valentine's Day!

  35. Oh I can only imagine how wonderful those Chocolate Raspberry Muffins are WARM! Topped with chocolate love too~ what a lucky girl your granddaughter is to be served this sweet tray!

    I'm a BIG TJoe's fan~ it's a little off my beaten path, but I try to make my route include it if I can every couple of weeks :)

  36. Oh yummm! Perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm so happy that you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. Hope you'll be here next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  37. What a perfect treat to share with your granddaughter! I'm sure she felt so special:) I've got to make these muffins! Time to pin the recipe:)


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