Monday, February 13, 2012

Delicious Valentine's Day Treats

Happy Valentine's Day! With the big red day here you have two options- run out to buy an expensive box of chocolates or make delicious treats for your Valentine in the comfort of your kitchen. (Can you tell which way we're leaning on this one?) We're firm believers that your homemade Valentine's treats will get the best reception from your loved ones because they show that you're willing to go the extra mile for love.

This year, we like personalized messages atop baked goodies. So, you can start the day with Valentine's pancakes and then move on to a heart-shaped pizza for lunch or dinner. Finish it all off with great treats like chocolate cupcakes with loving white chocolate messages, a Valentine's cheesecake and a luscious chocolate fondue.

To make your Valentine sing, use the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine to find great desserts with your sweetie's favorite dessert ingredients (chocolate, chocolate and maybe white chocolate) or use the keyword "Valentine" to find clever recipes from the top food sites on the web.

To help you get started, we are proud to present our 5 favorite recipes for a great Valentine's Day.

Valentine Pancakes
These pancakes look like Valentine's romance!
Ingredients: Egg, Butter, Sugar, Buttermilk, Salt, Flour, Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cooking Spray, Chocolate Chips

Valentine's Pizza
This lovely pizza has a flavorful rosemary crust.
Ingredients: Tomato, Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Zucchini, Pepperoni, Black Olive, Active Dry Yeast, Flour, Pizza Sauce

Chocolate Fondue
Valentine's is the perfect day to fire up the fondue pot.
Ingredients: Apple, Banana, Cream, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Salt, Candied Ginger, Dried Apricot

Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze
Personalize these cupcakes with romantic messages.
Ingredients: Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate Glaze, White Chocolate

Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake Valentine Hearts
It's hard to beat these beautiful mini cheesecakes.
Ingredients: Chocolate, Almond, Egg, Butter, Sugar, Raspberry, Heavy Cream, White Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Graham Crackers

Have a great Valentine's Day and don't forget to sign the card!

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