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Spread the Love: Valentine's Day Treats

12 Mouthwatering Valentine's Gifts
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Remember back in elementary school, when you would write out tiny Valentine’s cards for everyone, from your teacher to your best friend? This year, bring back a sweet tradition of showing your affection for everyone, not just a romantic love. Your friends, colleagues, boss, even your dry cleaner, will be tickled pink to receive any of the following dozen delicious Valentine’s Day treats.

Artisan Candies Chocolate Strawberry Marshmallows

Artisan Candies Chocolate Strawberry Marshmallows are a light and airy treat, made with handmade strawberry marshmallows, then drenched in dark chocolate and finished with a white chocolate drizzle. Made in small batches with no preservatives, your recipients are sure to be head over heels for them. ($3.15 each; artisancandies.com)

Be-Bop Chocolate Raspberry Biscotti

Be-Bop Chocolate Raspberry Biscotti will make your Valentine's heart skip a beat. These handcrafted, generously dipped and artistically hand-finished cookies are worthy of the holiday, with sweet red raspberry preserves and dark chocolate chips dipped in dark chocolate icing and drizzled with pastel pink icing. ($20/dozen; be-bop.net)

Choclatique Retro Cocktails and SweeTweets

Choclatique Retro Cocktails and SweeTweets are ideal for fans of “Mad Men” and social media–inclined friends. Retro Cocktails ($18/8 pieces or $30/15 pieces) includes cocktail-inspired chocolates in flavors like Chocolate Martini, Old Fashioned, Gin Fizz, Singapore Sling, Mojito and Piña Colada, each with a mid-century-style design. Twitter nuts will love a SweetTweet ($100): personalize a box of chocolates with a message (30-character limit) composed of solid dark chocolate letters, hand-packed, ribbon-tied and delivered overnight. (Choclatique.com)

Chukar Cherries Cherry Heart Box

Chukar Cherries Cherry Heart Box offers the classic heart-shaped box filled with artisanal chocolate-covered cherries made from locally grown cherries and the freshest ingredients. Each box is filled with four of Chukar’s best selling chocolate-covered cherry varieties--dark chocolate Amaretto Rainiers, Cherry Bings, Milk Chocolate Classic Cherries and Cabernet Cherries. Or check out their other Valentine’s Day gifts baskets, towers, tins and assortments. ($24.95; chukar.com)

Jelly Belly Valentines’ Sweets

Jelly Belly Valentines’ Sweets includes something for everyone, from Jelly Belly Conversation Beans ($1.25/1.2 oz. box) with fun, romantic phrases, Victorian Mellocreme Hearts ($5.99/7.5 oz. gift bag) made using vintage molds from the 1900s, Cupid Corn ($5.99/7.5 oz. gift bag), traditional candy corn dressed up in white, pink and red, and the Jelly Belly Valentine Mix ($5.99/7.5 oz. gift bag), a collection of romantic Strawberry Cheesecake, Bubble Gum, Coconut, Cotton Candy and Very Cherry jelly beans. (jellybelly.com)

Lake Champlain Chocolates Mini Gifts

Lake Champlain Chocolates Mini Gifts let you play Cupid with new chocolate gift boxes and Valentine chocolate bars. The beautifully wrapped bars covered in hearts and classic Valentine’s Day messages ($6 each) include classic milk chocolate, spicy Aztec dark chocolate, and Peruvian 70 percent dark chocolate bar. Four new chocolate boxes, like the Valentine Organic Truffles ($17/6 pieces) will touch the hearts of anyone who loves European flavors and local Vermont ingredients. (lakechamplainchocolates.com)

Queen City Cookies Bacon Schnecken Honey Buns

Queen City Cookies Bacon Schnecken Honey Buns were created exclusively for O, The Oprah Magazine so they have the queen of daytime TV’s stamp of approval. These sticky buns, studded with bacon, cinnamon and raisins will win you a whole lotta love. Made from all-natural ingredients, Plugra butter, pure cane sugar, Vietnamese cinnamon, warm Madagascar vanilla, they are decadent and unforgettable. ($14.99/box of four; queencitycookies.com)

Simply7 Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Chips

Simply7 Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Chips make it easy to please a crowd. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Chips are a mixture of sweet, slightly tangy pomegranate chips and rich dark chocolate. And they have the added surprise of being low in calories. Each chip also contains the same amount of antioxidants as half a cup of pomegranate juice. You’ll be giving sweetness they can feel good about. ($3.19/4 oz.; simply7snacks.com)

Sonoma Syrup Company Pomegranate Maple Breakfast Syrup

Sonoma Syrup Company Pomegranate Maple Breakfast Syrup gets Valentine's Day started just right. Perfect for someone who lives for breakfast or brunch, this syrup is infused with pomegranate juice, maple syrup, cane simple syrup and a blend of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla. With more than 45 percent real pomegranate juice, it helps fight free radicals too. ($12; sonomasyrup.com)

Sweetworks Milk Chocolate Tool Kit

Sweetworks Milk Chocolate Tool Kit will please the handy men and women on your list. They'll delight in these delectable chocolates, molded into five "tools" made from all-natural ingredients. The Tool Kit includes solid milk chocolate saw, hammer, pliers, wrench and screwdriver. ($2.99; sweetworks.net)

Taza Chocolate’s Limited Edition Coco Besos Coconut Bar

Taza Chocolate’s Limited Edition Coco Besos Coconut Bar features organic, stone-ground 70 percent dark chocolate kissed with organic coconut. The bar wrapper features a sweet illustrated coconut and heart motif accented with a shimmery deep pink inner foil wrap. Taza is a small U.S. bean-to-bar chocolate maker that creates its chocolate using direct trade–certified cacao, so you feel as good giving it as they will receiving it. ($7.99; tazachocolate.com)

Torn Ranch New Valentine Collection

Torn Ranch New Valentine Collection features a variety of milk, white and dark chocolate berries, fruit ganache truffles and heart-shaped truffles, such as Milk Chocolate Strawberries in an eco-friendly corrugated heart box with ribbon ($10), red and gold foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Hearts with a gold striped box with raffia tie ($12), 6- and 9-count Valentine Truffles ($20 and $25, respectively) and a Heart Match Box filled with Chocolate Strawberries, Chocolate Cherries and multi-colored hand-foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Hearts ($35). (tornranch.com)


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