At the beginning of the year, store aisles are filled with Valentine's Day treats, like giant boxes filled with chocolates and teddy bears that take up half the bed.
If you're tired of the same old Valentine's Day classics, maybe it's time to switch to something delicious and homemade this year.
You can make these recipes alone as a gift or with someone special for a fun Valentine's Day.
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You can pair your homemade dessert with a bouquet of brightly colored flowers for an added touch.
Do you need inspiration for sweets to make for Valentine's Day?
Check out this delicious list.
- Sweet salad
- cake pop
- Chocolate Lava Cake
- Chocolate cookies
- Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day
- red velvet cake
- cheese cake
- Strawberry Biscuit
- Valentine's snack mix
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
A sweet nicknamed “candy salad” has gained popularity on social media.
The instructions for making a sweet salad are simple. Take a bowl and put all your favorite sweets inside. Give everything a good mix and that's it.
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You can make a gummy-based salad with candies like Trolli's, Sour Patch Kids, Nerd Clusters, mini Twizzlers, and any others you like.
You can also accompany a chocolate-based salad, with M&Ms, Hershey Kisses and mini versions of treats like Kit Kats and Twix.
Cake pops are surprisingly easy to prepare.
You can make a cake from scratch or use a boxed mix. A red velvet cake with white chocolate frosting is particularly festive for the day. You can also make a chocolate cake, with white chocolate dyed pink for the occasion.
After baking the cake and letting it cool completely, you'll want to mix it with the frosting to give your popsicles the proper texture.
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Pro Tips: If making a red velvet cake, mix it with cream cheese frosting. Slowly add the frosting to the cake mix until it is the right consistency. Too much frosting will make the cake too sticky. Lastly, to help secure the toothpicks, dip them in the melted chocolate before inserting them into the cake balls. Leave at least four hours in the refrigerator before dipping the cake in melted chocolate.
A chocolate lava cake perfectly combines warm chocolate cake with refreshing vanilla ice cream.
Since this is a Valentine's Day dessert, add pink/red sprinkles, raspberries, strawberries, or all of the above for a more loving touch.
If you're looking to add something sweet to your Valentine's Day, any of these recipes will do the trick.
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert.
Although they are a standard recipe, they are still easy to enjoy and fun to make.
You can bake cookies from scratch or buy pre-made dough at the store for a quick but delicious treat.
If chocolate chip cookies aren't your favorite, try sugar cookies.
The best part about making sugar cookies is that you can use your favorite cookie cutters to add a little something extra to the recipe.
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Use heart-shaped cutters, hearts with Cupid's arrow, X and O, flowers and more.
Decorate your sugar cookies with icing of your choice, sprinkles, write quotes, cut out fondant shapes, and more to make them extra sentimental and sweet.
Southern Living says red velvet cake was invented in the early 20th century.
Although the red velvet flavor was popularized in the 1930s by the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, it didn't immediately become a staple flavor, the magazine notes.
Red velvet can easily be added to the dessert table as a Valentine's Day centerpiece because of its red color.
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Whether you bake it out of the box or use a homemade recipe, you'll want to top it with cream cheese and berry filling for more flavor and texture. Cut the strawberries into small hearts and place them on or around the cake.
In 2021, the US faced a cream cheese shortage. Fox News Digital found that business owners were struggling to produce items that included cream cheese as an ingredient, including cheesecake.
Now that it looks like the US is once again filling its shelves with fresh cheese, it's completely safe to make a delicious cheesecake for Valentine's Day.
No-bake, vegan, New York style, Chicago, or just a traditional cheesecake are popular types of cheesecake. Top with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, caramel, chocolate syrup, marshmallow topping, whipped cream, sprinkles, pineapple, kiwi, graham cracker, Oreo cookies and so on.
Strawberry Shortcake is a light and refreshing dessert that anyone can enjoy after a beautiful Valentine's Day dinner.
The ingredients needed for strawberry shortcake are strawberries, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, heavy cream, vanilla extract and lemon zest, according to the Food Network.
If you're planning a movie night for Valentine's Day, this snack mix could be the perfect addition.
The recipe comes from Chelsea's Messy Apron and is easy to make.
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All you need for this is Chex cereal, mini pretzels, Cheerios, Valentine's Day M&M's, white chocolate chips, and vegetable oil.
Mix all the crunchy ingredients and drizzle with melted white chocolate.
All you need are pretzels, Hershey kisses, and a bag of Valentine's Day M&Ms for a treat you'll want to make again and again.
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Line a pan with parchment paper and make rows of pretzels.
Place a single Hershey kiss on top of each pretzel and bake until the chocolate softens.
Carefully place an M&M in the Hershey kiss and place the pretzels in the refrigerator.
Of course, you can always go with chocolate covered strawberries, a Valentine's Day classic.
Form the cake frosting mixture into balls and add a toothpick to each one. Carefully dip into chocolate and add festive sprinkles if desired.
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You can arrange cake pops to symbolize a bouquet and gift it to your boyfriend.
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