It’s hard to know whether to bake sweet treats for Valentine’s Day or to succumb to the lure of all of those amazing candy offerings out there. Despite my normally sweets-in-moderation philosophy, on Halloween and Valentine’s Day, all bets are off.
Here are some of the lovely candy presents we’ll be planning to give and share with our family and family friends this Valentine’s Day.
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Chocolate may be the typical gift to give and receive, but these confections are more than just your average box chocolates. These delightful treats also give back and support small-scale Ecuadorian farmers. Not to mention being delicious.
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Filled with a pretty-in-pink assortment of Strawberry Spelt Hearts, Champagne Gummy Bears, and Nonpareil Cherry Hearts. Three tiers of canisters with shiny gold lids are stacked up in a glitzy container with lots of gold sparkle. For the person who likes a little bling with their candy.
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This year’s beary-cute huge plastic gummy bear is filled with Sour Wacky Watermelon Bears. For the tart, sugar coated candy fan.
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Valentine's Day Tackle Box
When lots of choice is what you want to offer, order up this adorable tackle box with 12 (12!) compartments filled with pink, red, purple and blue candies, ranging from traditional Hershey’s kisses to sour sugary gummy tips, to foil wrapped chocolate hearts, Cupid Candy Corn, and more.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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At just $20, this is a perfect “thinking of you” gift to send. A substantial, red heart-shaped box comes packed with milk chocolate malt balls, gummy hearts, shortbread cookies, and dark chocolate-covered graham crackers. Harry and David’s website lets you search for different gifts according to price, so whatever your budget, you can get something good in the mail (if you want to order from Harry and David, plus a number of other sister companies such as 1800 Flowers, join their Celebrations... Passport club, to get free shipping on all orders for a year).
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A box that feels very reminiscent of a jewelry box is filled with truffles (an assortment of dark chocolate cherry, chocolate raspberry, French vanilla, and almond). The box is designed to hang around long after the chocolates have been devoured.
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Or, fill your own jar or container with a great mix of candy! These are some of the new offerings, available for the holiday just at Target. Caramel and milk chocolate pillows, with sweet sayings to discover as you unwrap the foil on each piece.
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One version, smooth and sophisticated, like a little flat truffle enrobed in bittersweet chocolate. The second has a layer of strawberry flavored white chocolate atop a base of milk chocolate.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Peanut butter and chocolate are pinkified for the holiday. Instead of the traditional milk chocolate coating around the peanut butter filling, a pink tinted white chocolate coating makes them ready to be part of a Valentine’s Day mix.
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These might appeal most to the younger set. Hershey’s kisses morph into white cookie cupcake flavored morsels, with little pink flecks. The cupcake craze continues!
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And I’m sure I’ll be preheating the oven as well. Here are some ideas for homemade baked goods to sweeten up this holiday a bit more:
Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies - Simple and sweet.
Rice Krispies Emoji Treats - Give someone a real-life heart emoji or wink!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies - It’s like someone took the most beloved three cookies in the world and smushed them into one.
Chewy Sugar Cookies - Simple, unshow-offy sugar cookies are not to be understimated.
Big... Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies - If cookies were to elect their king, it would undoubtedly be the chocolate chip cookie.
Stackers - Two layers make up one amazing brownie. A fudgy chocolate layer on the bottom, and a blondie layer with Butterfinger baking bits on the top.
Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakes - Nothing can describe the pure excitement of cutting into a cake with a melted center.