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Healthy Snack For Valentine’s Day ~ Fruit Lovebugs

Healthy Snack For Valentine’s Day ~ Fruit Lovebugs

Valentine's Day Fruit Lovebugs Valentine’s Day is known for one thing: chocolate. Okay, okay, there’s also love and friendship and all that, but our kids come home from school with one thing–a hand-made Valentine holder filled with cute little cards and sugary candy. It’s tempting to just jump on that bandwagon and give your kids tiny boxes filled with chocolate creams. Or… you could make them these!

Healthy Snack For Valentine’s Day ~ Fruit Lovebugs!

Kids love fruit, and they love bugs. There’s no better mix!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Healthy Snack For Valentine’s Day ~ Fruit Lovebugs:

●       Toothpicks

●       Paring Knife

●       Strawberries

●       Blackberries OR Blueberries (I used both)

●       Candy Eyes (available at most grocery stores)

●       Black Frosting (I used a decorating tube to make things easy)

First, remove the leaves from your strawberries and cut them in half. Using your paring knife, cut the top of the strawberry halves to look like hearts.

Next, use your knife to cut slits in the back of the strawberries. This gives them their “wings!”

With that done, cut a toothpick in half and attach either a blueberry or a blackberry to the rounded part of the heart. I used blackberries for larger strawberries and blueberries for smaller ones.

Now comes the fun part. Take your frosting and stick eyes onto the sides or the fronts of the blueberries and blackberries. These are bugs, so go crazy! Add an extra eye, or make the eyes look off in different direction. It’s really up to you.

And for the final touch, put little frosting spots on your little bugs’ wings.

Viola! Healthy snack lovebugs!  These guys are perfect on their own or thrown on top of heart-shaped pancakes in the morning. Experiment with them, or let your little ones help out!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Find more ideas for Valentine’s Day goodies including free printables and easy to make recipes with the kids.  




  • home grocery delivery

    These sound yummy and healthy! I’ll have to order the ingredients from my organic food store online!

  • CindyZS

    i think these are adorable. i found your site through a fb share. i have seen these on fb or pins. i just want to say, i really dont like the idea of toothpicks and kids (no matter how careful!!) so i was trying to think what else could be used. the only thing i could think of could be carrots cut really thin and sharp edged with maybe ‘pre-drilling’ a hole in strawberry. and for the eyes, maybe a piece of banana (soaked in lemon juice) or another paleish fruit so no candy is involved for younger kids. wondering if anyone else might think of something to substitute for the toothpick? thanks and love your site!

    • Brandy

      Thanks for stopping by! I never thought about the toothpick but you have a point. I wonder if you might be able to snag some of the fruity flavored mini candy canes and use them as the support. I don’t know if the sugar would dissolve but it’s a thought. I will have to keep my eye out in the store for something and hope someone else chimes in. Have a great day Cindy!


      • Tiffany

        i was just pondering. What about a spaghetti noodle. Think that may work?

        • Brandy

          I believe a spaghetti noodle might be strong enough to hold up. The juices may soften it but I doubt it. Great idea and something I might try when I make these next.

  • Carrie -WorthPinning

    Cute little bugs

  • Ginger

    Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

    • Brandy

      Thank you Ginger for the feature! I am headed to check out the other entries.

  • Stephanie Kay

    That is absolutely adorable!!! I’m pinning this for sure! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    • Brandy

      Thank you for stopping by Stephanie and for hosting Family Fun Friday!

  • Fotini Roman

    These are so adorable! I’m going to give them a try for my son’s Valentine’s party at school! You are among the features this morning, hope you stop by and take a look!

    • Brandy

      Thank you for stopping by Fotini and for the feature. Off to check the rest of the features out now.

  • Steph

    These are just TOO Cute! I’ve been looking for a fun, yet healthier Valentine’s day treat! If you get a chance I’d love to see this post on my linkup:

  • Diane

    Ok, these are so adorable and creative! I am pinning right now! And, I am also hosting Family Fun Friday…please stop by and bring these sweet little Love Bugs! They will be the perfect addition to the party! Blessings!

  • Kristy O

    This is such a cute idea!!!!

  • Corrinna

    These are so cute! Off to the store to buy some strawberries so I can make these for my kids!

  • Anyonita

    OH HOW STINKIN’ CUTE! 🙂 Those ore the most adorable bugs ever! Stopping by from Whimsy Wednesdays to invite you to link up at Tasty Tuesdays, where I pin every post shared: Hope to see you there!

  • Amy @ So There. by Amy

    Oh, wow, these are Too Cute!
    What a fun idea!!
    I am glad I stopped by from the Marvelous Mondays Link Party.

  • These are super cute! Thanks for sharing at our Marvelous Monday party – pinning and sharing!

  • Scarlett

    These are so cute! I am always looking for healthy holiday snacks. Pinning!

  • Chelsea

    These are so cute! Totally doing this!

  • Mackenzie

    Brandy- These are SO stinkin’ cute! I love them! 🙂 My little guys would go crazy for these as well! I must make them soon! 🙂
    You are a Featured Favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing with us last week! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie 🙂

    • Brandy

      Thank you Mackenzie. I am so excited to be a featured favorite this week! I love your hop and find some many great ideas each week that I can’t wait to attempt.

  • Anne

    These are adorable!

  • Sabrina

    Amazing! These are so cute, what a great idea. So nice to see some Valentine’s food that’s healthy as well as delicious!

  • Nancy Pfeifer

    These are adorable!! I hope you stop by to link to my party on Tuesdays-

    • Brandy

      Thank you for the link up Nancy. I am a little late but I linked up. Have a great weekend!

  • Becca

    Oh my, those are so cute! Love that they’re (relatively) healthy too!

  • Jeni

    These are too cute!!

    • Brandy

      They are adorable and something a bit different for Valentines Day. Thank you for stopping by Jeni!

  • Brenda

    What an absolutely adorable (& delicious) idea!! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning! 🙂

    • Brandy

      Thank you Brenda for stopping by and pinning!

  • Diana Rambles

    Adorable idea that I have pinned!

    • Brandy

      Thanks! Happy Pinning 🙂

  • Lisa @hoopla palooza

    ok i need these adorable strawberry bugs in my life!

    • Brandy

      They are a must Lisa!

  • lisa

    Adorable idea! These are too cute!

  • Michele

    These are ADORABLE! I have a daughter that would absolutely LOVE them! 😉
    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Brandy

      I hope you make them. They are such an adorable treat!

  • Erica

    How adorable, as a craft and a snack!

    • Brandy

      I like the idea of using this for a craft. The kids will really get into attaching the eyes! Thank you for stopping by Erica.

  • Amber Killmon

    How cute and creative! These are a surefire way to get kids to eat more fruit!

    • Brandy

      Amber they are truly a hit! I am taking them for my sons Valentines party and I know they will be a hit with the whole class.

  • Jen

    Those are adorable, easy and healthy! Nice job! I added a Valentine’s Craft to your link, thanks!

    • Brandy

      Thanks Jen I can’t wait to check it out. I am really looking for activities to keep the kids busy inside with these -30 below temps.

  • Ellen Christian

    Those are just the cutest little things! I love this idea!