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It can be tough to pick the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart—especially if you're trying to avoid the “overpriced chocolate and grocery store roses” route. Though there’s nothing wrong with getting a little cheesy and cliche on Valentine’s Day, these gifts feel a lot more special.
Here are our favorite picks to show your partner, parent, or BFF just how much you care this Valentine’s Day.
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Staub Ceramic 3-pc Cocotte Set
How cute are these mini ceramic heart cocottes? They can be taken straight from freezer, to microwave, to oven, to tabletop. Make this gift extra special by serving your sweetheart one of our date-night dinners in them.
Farmgirl Flower Bouquet
Take all the guesswork out of flowers, and order them online in advance. Go beyond red roses and opt for something equally romantic, like pink and red ranunculus, or let Farmgirl design a bouquet for you.
Valentine’s Day Ceramic Measuring Cups
A sweet little gift, these measuring cups will make your favorite person think of you every time they cook. If you want to go all out, get the set of measuring spoons to match for an extra $30.
Riedel Vitis Champagne Glass
These leaded crystal glasses are perfect for holding sparkling wines—everything from cava to champagne to prosecco—and will take your romantic toast to the next level. Pair with a bottle of nice bubbly for the ultimate evening in.
Baked by Melissa Cupcakes
We’re not going to tell you to eat a kale salad on Valentine’s Day (unless you want to!) Eating healthy is all about balance, which includes the occasional treat. This package includes 25 mini cupcakes in six flavors. We recommend red velvet, strawberry, white chocolate, or vanilla cream.
Capri Blue Rose Gold Candle
Whether you’re buying this for yourself, your significant other, or your BFF, this candle is sure to please. It has a gorgeous, crackly rose gold exterior and an enchanting scent with hints of fresh flowers, pomegranate, vanilla marshmallow, and blond wood.
Petite Heart Cocotte Fondue Set
Is there anything more romantic (and delicious) than making fondue for two? You can even make it healthy with our Foolproof Cheese Fondue recipe. And this Valentine’s Day Le Cruset heart cocotte set makes everything twice as adorable.
Baking for Two Cookbook
Most baking recipes make enough to feed a crowd—but the sweet and savory picks from this book are just enough for you and your special someone. Gift them this cookbook, and surprise them with ingredients to make a delicious recipe for a low-key date night in the kitchen.
Sugarfina’s Design Your Own 4-Piece Candy Box
If you want to gift your special someone something sweet that’s an upgrade from the standard drugstore chocolate box, try customizing a candy box from Sugarfina. You can choose over-the-top flavors like “kiss me sugar lips,” “champagne bears,” or rum and coke-flavored gummies. Spoiler alert: All of them are delicious.
This coffee is for the ultimate wine lover. The beans have been aged in wine barrels, so the coffee imparts a Merlot taste (without any of the alcohol.) For extra points, bring a cup to them in bed (preferably in a lovey-dovey mug like this one.)
"New 4Ps On Chocolate" Essays and Research Papers
Chocology(Chocolate+Tecnology) By Maurice O Simmons Preface As I sat down to think about this research paper I thought about chocolate and all the things I could write about and they all seem to be the same thing. Where chocolate came from, and how it was made as well as how do you cook with it and even some chocolate recipes. I wanted to do something that I thought had never been done before, be original I hope that this is something that you haven’t seen before in a research paper. .
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Chocolate Table of Contents Introductions……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………page 1 Table of Contents…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….page 2 Why is chocolate the most popular sweet? …………………………………………………………………….page 3 How is dark chocolate different from milk chocolate? …………………………………………………….page 3 How are cocoa beans grown? ………………………………………………………………………………………….page 4 How was discovered? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………page 4 Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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TIMELINE FOR HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE In 1500BC – 400 BC, the Olmec Indians are believed to be the first to grow cocoa beans as a domestic crop. Cacao trees have grown wild for possibly 10,000 years. The Olmec civilization only lasted until about 300 B.C. In the 14th Century, cocoa became a drink that was popular for the upper class of the Aztecs they called it “xocalati” meaning warm or bitter liquid. They were the first to tax the beans. In 1492, Christopher Columbus was said to have brought back.
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Chocolate. Just that word makes most peoples’ mouth water. It is a delectable substance that can be made into flakes that melt on your tongue, or into a delicious candy bar with nuts and marshmallow, or even just a plain old bar of straight chocolate. All contribute to the mild cravings some people feel towards chocolate. I chose this topic because chocolate is one of my favorite desserts and it has a rich history that very few people know. Chocolate has to start somewhere, besides a factory. Chocolate.
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Bottom of Form 1 History Of Chocolate 2 0StumbleUpon1 Chocolate! The name brings memories of a sugary and scrumptious sweet in your mouth. Each and every person in the world, whatever be his age or his sex, loves the delicious sin. In fact, chocolate is one of the most preferred gifts on every occasion, birthday or anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Christmas, wedding or farewell. Whether it is your wife or your boyfriend, your kids or your in-laws, you can present chocolates to almost everyone. While.
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ESSAY BUY CHOCOLATE ONLINE? TRY GODIVA.COM THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY The demand for high-quality chocolate has been increasing rapidly since the early 1990s. Several local and global companies are competing in this market. Godiva Chocolatier is well known international company based in New York whose stores can be found in hundreds of malls worldwide. The company was looking for ways to increase its sales, and after rejecting the use of a CD-ROM catalog, it had the courage to try online sales.
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A Little of History Chocolate is typically sweetened food produced from the seed of tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Although cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia in Maxico and Central America, its earliest documented use is by the Olmecs of south central Mexico around 1100 BC. In fact, the majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Mayans and Aztecs. The seed of cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop.
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Chocolates Chocolate is one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Chocolates have become traditional gifts amongst certain holidays chocolate bunnies and eggs on Easter, chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate. A lot of chocolate lovers don’t really know what or which type of chocolates they are eating. There are varies types and all differ in sense, taste.
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Chocolate is a confection made from cacao beans, the seeds of the cacao plant. There are a large number of products made from it on the market, from powdered cocoa for making drinks to white chocolate, and most markets carry a cross-section of confections for their customers. In addition to being available at general markets and grocery stores, chocolate can also be purchased from specialty companies which make luxury and distinctive confections. Making chocolate is a time consuming process. Cacao.
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Why We Should Not Underestimate the Power of Chocolate Do you like chocolate? How many times do you eat chocolates in a day? Some people like to eat chocolates, some are even obsessed with them. Some people don’t like chocolates because those people think that they will make them fat. Some people just don’t like chocolates, without any clear reason. I believe that chocolate has many benefits which we can’t underestimate. Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical.
10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
These hearts on a stick are so cute. I love the fact that you use chalk paint to make them!
Popsicle sticks are so versatile. Use them to make a Valentine’s Day-inspired frame and so much more.
This super-easy dream catcher is something kids can make an afternoon. Using a variety of beads and trinkets makes the possibilities almost endless.
There’s nothing like a steaming cup of hot cocoa on a cold February day. This would be a great gift for your child’s teacher, don’t you think?
Salt dough crafts have been around forever, probably because it’s so easy to make. Grandparents and aunts and uncles will definitely appreciate a memento like this.
Most kids love to play with Play Dough. This homemade version yeilds sparkly heart-shaped ornaments that you can display year after year.
These lollipop flowers make great valentine’s for classmates. Why pay for them when your kids can have fun making their own?
If you’re careful when you’re removing these Valentine’s Day window clings, you can use them for several seasons. The finished product is only limited to your imagination!
This Valentine’s Day tissue paper flower wreath is perfect to hang on a window or your child’s bedroom door. Make them big or make them small… the choice is up to you!
If your kids love to read books, why not encourage him to make these adorable Valentine’s Day bookmarks? They’ll never complain about losing their place again.
10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
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Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate with FREE Printables
Valentine’s Day…who needs it. Well, candy makers do. Then florists. And most certainly the card companies. But does anyone actually care about Valentine’s Day? I can’t answer that question for YOU. But for me, I can say the only thing great about this made up day is chocolate. And I can (and do) eat that stuff any day.
So what could possibly be better than buying flowers, candy, or cards (for me)? Something homemade. And what if that something was also chocolaty? Winner winner chocolate dinner (hey, don’t eat chocolate for dinner). This Love Potion hot chocolate is super easy to make (not that you need to tell your significant other that). These cute jars contain 3 basic ingredients: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. I use dark cocoa powder which tastes extra chocolaty. Use our FREE Printable Hang Tags & Labels to decorate your jar and impress your sweetheart.
This recipe is designed to fit into 4-oz Ball miniature storage jars. These cute jars look just like regular Ball pint jars, except they are miniaturized to fit into the palm of your hand. This jar is perfect for herbs and spice blends. If you don’t have the mini storage jars, you can use a regular 4-oz jelly jar. The 4-oz size makes TWO mugs of hot chocolate, one for you and one for your sweetie to share together. Because sharing is caring. Awwww.
LOVE POTION HOT CHOCOLATE
This recipe fits a 4-oz mini Ball storage jar & serves TWO people.
- 4 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4-oz mini Ball storage jar (or regular mouth 4-oz jelly jar)
- FREE Printable Hang Tags & Labels
Sift sugar & cocoa into a bowl. Add salt & combine. Put into a 4-oz mini Ball storage jar (or regular 4-oz jelly jar). There will be a little head space left in the jar too. You can add a few marshmallows, chocolate bits, or red hot candy to spice it up. Decorate your jar using our FREE Printable Hang Tags & Labels .
To serve, whisk contents into 12 ounces of hot milk or water. Serve between two mugs & share with your sweetie. Enjoy!
You can double the recipe to fit in an 8-oz jelly jar to serve four. The recipe calls for you to sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Do you have to do that? No. The unsifted mix will just have a few lumps in it when packed in the jar. Hey, you aren’t perfect, so your hot cocoa doesn’t need to be either. Once the mix gets whisked into hot liquid, those lumps will dissipate anyway.
Use our FREE Printable Hang Tags & Labels to decorate your jar. These decorations have a great vintage look, none of that pink and red stuff, ick. So that means you can also use them year round for any celebration. Like National Chocolate Day or National Hot Chocolate Day (yes, apparently we need holidays for both).
The Ultimate Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Dessert Round-Up! 100+ Recipes! Updated: November 5, 2020 Erin 24 Comments This post may contain affiliate links. Using links to these sites means I may earn a percentage of the purchase at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon associate, I receive a percentage of qualifying purchases Here are more than 100 gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate dessert recipes all in one place! You’ll find gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate cakes, cookies, pastries, bars, frozen desserts and more! It’s been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. My husband’s love language is gifts, so, with him at least, this old adage rings true. And it’s often the homemade desserts that he appreciates the most. But with the advent of our whole foods lifestyle about five years ago, there are many old desserts I had to give up making. Then, almost three years ago, we discovered that our oldest child needs to be gluten and dairy-free (and egg-free, too, actually). And, between then and now, we’ve discovered that all of us have at least a small gluten and dairy sensitivity. Going gluten and dairy free can be overwhelming at first. Desserts? It just seems easier to go without them! The good news is that there are many, many naturally-sweetened desserts that are both gluten and dairy-free that taste just as good as those made with white sugar, wheat, and dairy. Check out the following list of healthier, homemade chocolate desserts—all sweetened with either honey, maple syrup, or stevia and all either gluten and dairy-free or very easily adapted to be so. Enjoy! Best Chocolate Turtles: Savannah&rsquos Candy Kitchen Milk Chocolate Turtle Gophers
Pecans and caramel dipped in chocolate: This is what Turtles are all about. The only bad thing about chocolate Turtles is that it’s almost impossible to eat just one. There are 24 Turtles in this old-fashioned red and white striped gift box from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, which has specialized in down-home Southern delights since its inception in 1990 in Historic Savannah, Georgia. These candies are freshly prepared and they’re not tiny little things, either—each Turtle weighs in at a nicely sized 1.3 ounces!
10 Chocolate-Free Valentine’s Day Gifts - Recipes
At least a couple of years ago I started to see the the questions in today's post make the round in the blogging and YouTube worlds, but hadn't had a chance to answer them yet.
Like on most holidays, Valentine's is not a time when I want to delve into lengthy posts or heavy topics, so taking a stab at these today seemed like the ideal light and fun post. If you'd like to play along - today or any time - by all means feel free to do so as well.
1. What is your favorite Valentines Day treat? Ooohh, that's a toughie! I'm partial to a rich Black Forest cake, berry topped cheesecake, or double chocolate brownie, but really, am open to most sugary treats on this sweetest of special occasions.
2. Sweethearts or chocolate covered strawberries? It's chocolate covered strawberries all the way for me. Tony adores them, too, so I usually whip up a batch with chocolate dipped banana slices and marshmallows, too (sometimes sprinkling a little toasted coconut on top for extra crunch and flavour).
3. Are you pro Valentine's Day? Massively so! I've said it before and I'll happily say it again, I love love and beyond that, I think that this day is the perfect time to reflect on, and be grateful for, all of the people and things that we adore and are blessed to have in our lives, so I'm in favour of Valentine's Day big time!
4. What movie would you rather watch on Valentine's Day: Pretty Woman or You've Got Mail? Definitely Pretty Woman! I grew up with that (now) classic and it will always be one of my favourite romantic movies (that I quote lines from surprisingly often :)).
5. What celeb would you not mind having as your Valentine? Grumpy Cat! I know that she isn't exactly famous for being a fan of, well, most anything (positive), but I think that with enough cuddles and kitty treats, I could bring her around to the pro Feb. 14th camp (and if not, hey, I'd still get to spend the day with Grumpy Cat! :D).
6. What would you do on your perfect Valentine's date? Spending it with my sweet husband, Tony. Beyond that, anything is just the icing on the (heart shaped) cake. I think that it would be incredible to celebrate it one year in his homeland of Italy - arguably, after all, one of the most romantic countries ever!
7. Red or pink lips on Valentines Day? I'd say it depends on the colours in my outfit, but as a general rule, red (specifically my beloved MAC Russian Red) wins out.
8. What is your ideal Valentine's Day outfit? I love sporting red and/or pink on this day (especially in velvet form), but will often swap one or both for burgundy as well, with black, grey and/or gold being frequent supporting players. Beyond that, some thoroughly Feb. 14th approved jewelry (say, a vintage heart shaped brooch, for example) and red shoes + purse cap off my look, which varies from year-to-year.
9. Homemade or store-bought gifts? Either is 100% okay and very sweet. Who doesn't love a thoughtful gift of any type?
10. Would you wear your hair up or hair down for a date night? Ideally up, but that's something of a challenge as a full-time wig wearer. Instead I'll usually sport a partially pulled back 'do with a festively hued chapeau.
So fun! I love a great, speedy little tag like that. :) Now a question for all of you: how will you be spending this February 14th?
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! With all my heart, however you like to celebrate, I hope that you have a beautiful, fun filled holiday!
*PS* And speaking of questions, this week I had the immense honour and pleasure of being interviewed by none other than the beautiful trio that is the Boyer Family Sisters over on their equally lovely blog. They asked me some really stellar questions - including who my biggest role model is - and I can't thank them enough for our awesome digital chat!
Reese’s cups are a definite no-no in schools these days, but how about some vegan chocolate raspberry coconut cups? They’re packed with benefits and are also loaded with flavor.
The best part is, if someone is allergic to red food coloring in the class, the raspberries naturally color the filling so it can still be Valentine’s Day themed without any allergic reactions.
Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.