Valentine's Day has various interpretations, ranging from expressing love, to a day for chocolate enthusiasts, to a commercial occasion for cards and sweets. Despite the differing perceptions, the holiday has a rich history behind it. Celebrated globally, the exact origins of the holiday are debatable, with theories ranging from a prisoner named Valentine falling in love with his jailor's daughter, to the Christian church's attempt to replace Lupercalia, to a bishop named St. Valentine who secretly married couples during a time of prohibited marriages. The holiday took a more romantic approach during the Victorian Era and is celebrated as such today. February is also recognized as National Chocolate Month, and Ghirardelli, the oldest continuously operating chocolate factory in the US, is celebrating 170 years of delicious chocolates and treats.
Check out these delectable recipes, perfect for surprising someone special or treating yourself on Valentine's Day!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Milkshake
This chocolate and cherry flavored milkshake is a Valentine's Day delight! It's like sipping on Queen Anne's candies in a glass. If you're not familiar with Queen Anne's, they're chocolate-covered cherry candies that are widely available around Christmas and Valentine's Day.
• Chocolate Ice Cream
• Ghirardelli Chocolate Sauce
• Cherry Syrup or Puree
• ¼ cup Milk
* Optional: Pitted Cherries
1. Put all ingredients into a blender.
2. Blend well.
Potato Chip Bark
Potato chips have become a popular choice for late-night snacking, appearing in various forms such as chocolate-covered and as ice cream flavors. Reese's even introduced a new cup filled with crushed potato chips. This potato chip bark offers the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, offering the best of both worlds.
• Potato Chips
• Ghirardelli Caramel Sauce
Easy Strawberry Mousse
Strawberries are commonly associated with Valentine's Day, making it fitting to include a recipe featuring this fruit. Here's a delightful Valentine's Day recipe that doesn't include chocolate and can be made dairy-free with the right choice of whipped cream.
• Strawberry Puree
• Whipped Cream
Roses are not just for decoration or gifting - they can also add a delightful flavor to a spritzer. Give this light and refreshing Rose Spritzer recipe a try.
• Tea Zone Rose Syrup
• Soda Water or Lemon-lime Soda
1. Put ice into a glass.
2. Add syrup over the ice.
3. Pour soda to finish off the glass. Stir well.
Cotton Candy Ice Cream
Indulge in a playful and whimsical treat with this homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream flavor, which will turn your tongue blue and tickle your senses.
Chocolate Éclair Milkshake
Indulge in a classic French pastry in milkshake form with this delicious creamed puff pastry shake, glazed with a chocolate coating that says "I love you" in every sip.
• 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
• Chocolate Sauce
• Squirt of Whipped Cream
• 2% Milk
• Garnish: chocolate éclair
Bubble Gum Frappe with Crystal Boba
A bubble gum flavored frappe with crystal boba is a fun and playful treat for you and your partner or for your kids on Valentine's Day!
• 2 scoops Big Train Bubblegum Kidz Kreamz Frappe Mix
• 5 oz Milk or Water
• 12 oz Ice
• Tea Zone Original Crystal Boba
* Makes an 8 oz drink.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu
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