7 Gooey Chocolate Treats for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

Nothing says happy Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate.
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Ellie Krieger's Chocolate Fondue as seen on Food Network

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Nothing says happy Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate. Stick with these seven recipes to wow your family with easy, sweet-tooth-satisfying treats.

This easy, creamy fondue comes together in minutes and works for dunking your pick of fresh fruit.



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When I made our kids lava cakes, the ones with gooey, rich chocolate bursting out of individual cakes, you can bet there were squeals all around — followed by the emptiest plates I’ve ever seen. These from Food Network Magazine are surprisingly easy to prepare.

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File this one under "make ahead" because these decadent chocolate treats freeze like a dream. And bonus: They’re so easy to make that our preschoolers decorated a batch themselves.

Who knew making creamy chocolate pudding from scratch is basically the same process as making the boxed stuff? The results, however, are miles apart!

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It’s hard to improve on the classic chocolate chip cookie, unless it’s these 5-star double-chocolate cookies from Food Network Kitchen. Short on time? This recipe works just as well for bar cookies too.

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There’s something so perfect about the portions of these sweet and salty treats for kids. It’s a tiny pop of flavor, but the fun is in the making. Tip: Give each kid a sheet pan as a workspace (it’ll catch any stray drips and sprinkles), and put those mini chefs to work. They’ll thank you for it!

Cooking Channel Ina Garten Beattys Chocolate Cake

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You simply cannot go wrong with a classic chocolate cake — especially when that cake happens to be by Ina Garten and has nearly 2,000 fan reviews.

Charity Curley Mathews is the mother of four kids under 7, founder of Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe and perpetual wiper of the kitchen counter.

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