Recreate gourmet Valentine's chocolates at home

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- When it comes to Valentine's Day giving, the sweetest gift is chocolate. But the sugar high can wear off with one look at the price tag.

We went to the kitchen of Clumsy Crafter Bobbie Byrd to see just how much we could save by making them at home.

"All that you need to make the three treats we're going to make today are basic items such as strawberries, chocolate, and pretzels, and then any toppings such as Valentine's sprinkles, nuts, or fancy popcorn," said Byrd.

We recreated three store bought sweet treats and took away the sugar shock of the high prices.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels from Chocolate Covered Company - $49.99

In Byrd's kitchen, we started with a few gourmet chocolate bars.

"You microwave it for 30 seconds, and then you stir it and you continue to do that until it's all the way melted," Byrd said.

Dip your pretzels into toppings of your choice, for a homemade version that costs less than $12 to make.

Moose Munch Chocolate Bark from Harry and David - $34.95

Layer melted milk and white chocolate, and then add chopped almonds and gourmet popcorn to create the bark. You can also purchase a flavored popcorn to add something more.

"We chose toasted coconut caramel," Byrd said and added that to the melted chocolate.

Our version was only $9 and is ready in 10 minutes or less.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Godiva - $42 for six

These are easy to recreate at home.

"The first thing you want to do is wash the strawberries and dry them thoroughly because any water in the chocolate will cause it to clump," Byrd said.

Homemade long-stemmed berries dipped in melted chocolate with a white chocolate drizzle can save about $30.

Our entire batch cost only $13.

"It's a great way to get in the kitchen with your family, and it's an amazing way to save money," Byrd said. null
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