This is the second of a five-part Valentine’s Day-themed revival of Cooking in the Cave. Come back for new recipes each weekend until Feb. 14.

There’s always that one year where you totally forget Valentine’s Day is coming up until the day before.

If that’s you this year, I have a simple solution: chocolate-covered Oreos.

I’m not talking about real chocolate. Nabisco already sells those.

I’m using candy melts.

Yes, I’m a hypocrite when I said I hate dyed white-chocolate products in my last post, which is essentially what candy melts are. I meant that when it’s just a candy melt or white chocolate by itself.

However, with a large Oreo-to-candy melt ratio, the dyed white chocolate flavor isn’t overwhelming. And these taste really good.

And they look cute, too!

Candy melts are composed of sugar, milk solids, vegetable oils, flavoring and coloring. They do not require tempering like actual chocolate.

Melts can be used to make molded candy or to cover various foods. You can also add cocoa powder or other flavorings. Most candy melts have a vanilla flavor.

To dip the Oreos, there are two different methods.

You can fill cupcake tins with candy melts and push Oreos in, or you can hand-dip each Oreo.

For the cupcake-tin method, a silicone mold would be the best bet for an even, flat look. However, when I tried this method, the Oreos floated.

Instead, I recommend the slightly messier hand-dipping method. Have lots of paper towels around.

Ingredients:

1 package of Oreos

1 12-oz pack of white candy melts

1 12-oz pack of pink candy melts

1 10-oz pack of red candy melts

Directions:

Place white and pink candy melts in separate bowls and melt according to package directions.

Dip one side of Oreo in desired color and set on waxed paper, candy side down, until dry. Then dip the other side and set, candy side down, and let dry. Repeat until you have your desired amount of chocolate-covered Oreos.

Spoon remaining white and pink candy melts from bowls into separate piping bags (or sandwich bags with an end snipped off). Put red candy melts in a third bag and melt according to package directions.

Decorate dried Oreos and add sprinkles or other toppings, if desired.

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