Love. Who can resist the most incredible, yet indescribable feeling in the world? What about sweets – who can stay away from one of the best taste sensations around? This Valentine's Day, say yes to both, but say "no" to boring candy boxes and candy sticks. Give your beloved something fun, or unexpected, or decadent.
You may wonder how to excite someone with sweets, after all, doesn't everyone love a box of gooey, caramel-filled chocolates? Well, most people do. But let's think about other ways to please the palette of a cake lover, or satisfy the sweet tooth of a choco-holic. Let's forget the candy sticks and typical sweet party foods and get creative!
Presenting your love with a beautiful pastry from a local shop is a lovely gesture, and should be well received. If you want to really score points though, try whipping up something homemade. That kind of effort goes a long way towards showing that you care.
Start thinking about rich creamy textures, subtle fruit flavors, and nutty hits of flavor. Does your loved one prefer something light and fluffy, like cake? Or do they appreciate the decadence of rich, creamy sensations like chocolate truffles? Perhaps they get a kick out of something tart, like a lemon bar or cheesecake?
Think about that, and then consider how much time and energy you can put into the project. Here we will tell you about some choices that vary in commitment.
Let's start off simple. Why not whip up some easy chocolate granola clusters. The combination of granola, peanut butter, and chocolate could get anyone's mouth to water. We found this easy- to- make treat from spoonful.com. The no bake recipe is great for beginners, or even kids who need a party food recipe to take to school.
The ingredients are:
- 2 cups granola
- ¼ cup milk
- 4 Tbs butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- yogurt covered raisins
- Put granola in a bowl, breaking up any large clusters
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper
- Warm milk and butter in a saucepan over moderate heat
- When butter is mostly melted, use a wooden spoon to stir in sugar and chocolate chips
- Keep stirring until it comes to a boil, then reduce heat and cook at low boil for 1 min
- Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth
- Immediately pour the sauce over granola and stir well
- Scoop full tablespoons of the mixture onto the lined baking sheet
- Gently press a yogurt covered raisin on the top of each mound
- Once they have cooled, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
This recipe makes 2 dozen
Ready to step it up a notch? This one takes a good bit of time, and several bowls, but the Cherry Almond Cobbler Sandwich is a unique recipe from cooking channel. It boasts a cherry almond crumble, cookie dough, and cherry filling that becomes a 'cookie sandwich' of love.
If you feel you're ready for the full-on, all- out effort, then these "Zuccotto" cupcakes could be what you're looking for. The recipe for a cream and raspberry filled cupcake with a topping of ganache (a rich mixture of chocolate and cream) and a white chocolate and cream cheese frosting will have your taste buds cheering. It will take a bit of work, but the end result is worth it. The recipe can be found here.
Need something for the health nut in your life? Try these sweet, but smart treats from food.com.
Valentines Day, uncovered
Nothing says love like good food. But how did February 14th become a day of love, and sweet party food and treats? It was an evolution that came from two different points in history. So unwrap a sweet, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treat (we'll call it research) and read about the interesting history of Valentines Day from history of holidays.