Sweets for Valentine's Day

Stack A-Rounds from Dylan’s Candy Bar
Stack A-Rounds from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan’s Candy Bar

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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    Heifer International Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
    Heifer International Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. Heifer International

    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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    Stack A-Rounds from Dylan’s Candy Bar
    Stack A-Rounds from Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan’s Candy Bar

    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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    You're Beary Cute
    You're Beary Cute. Dylan's Candy Bar

    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
    Valentine’s Day Tackle Box. Dylan's Candy Bar

    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.  

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    Valentine’s Day Sweets Box
    Valentine’s Day Sweets Box. Harry and David

    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...MORE Passport club, to get free shipping on all orders for a year).

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    Valentine's Day Truffles in Keepsake Box
    Valentine's Day Truffles in Keepsake Box. Harry and David

    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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    Dove Valentine’s Mix
    Dove Valentine’s Mix. Target

    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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    Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares – Valentine’s Dark and Truffle and Valentine’s Strawberries and Chocolate
    Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares – Valentine’s Dark and Truffle and Valentine’s Strawberries and Chocolate. Target

    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.

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    Reese’s Peanut Butter Pink Hearts
    Reese’s Peanut Butter Pink Hearts. Target

    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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    Hershey’s Cupcake Kisses
    Hershey’s Cupcake Kisses. Target

    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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    Homemade Sweets

    Brownie Stackers
    Brownie Stackers. Laura Agra / Katie Workman / themom100.com

    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...MORE 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.