14 Valentine’s Day Recipes for the Chocolate Lover
Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a polarizing holiday; most people either love it or hate it. Those who love it see it as a day to celebrate their relationships—whether those of family, friends, or (most commonly) spouses/significant others. In contrast, those who hate it often see the holiday as a reminder of their “singleness” or of past failed relationships.
Regardless of where you fall on the Valentine’s Day “spectrum,” there are plenty of ways to turn the holiday into something worth celebrating. (In fact, we thought of fourteen of them!)
If there’s one thing the majority of people can agree on—whether single, married, divorced, or widowed—it’s a love of chocolate. And what’s not to love? The sweet treat comes in all varieties of flavors, is perfect for snacking on or baking into breakfasts and desserts, and even has some added health benefits like antioxidants!
So whether you’re preparing a special meal for your husband or wife, or throwing a “singles party” with your friends, consider these fourteen chocolate-centric recipes you’re sure to love!
1. Dark Chocolate-Stuffed Cinnamon Toast
This chocolatey twist on the childhood favorite “cinnamon toast” makes a great dessert or sweet treat for two!
2. Strawberry Bread Pudding Cake with White Chocolate Sauce
This bread pudding “cake” is filled and topped with fresh strawberries and finished off with a sweet and creamy white chocolate sauce. Great for serving a crowd!
3. Chocolate-Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with Grilled Marshmallow Sandwich
How about some liquid chocolate? Pair it with these snowflake-shaped marshmallow sandwiches and you have the perfect recipe for a cozy evening bundled up indoors.
4. Chocolate Bread Pudding
This delicious dessert prepared in a square baking dish makes 9 brownie-sized portions—perfect for a get-together with friends or a large family.
5. S’mores Mountain Pies
The classic pairing of chocolate and marshmallow never ceases to delight. Use a pie iron and your favorite toppings to customize your sandwich with flavors like coconut or peanut butter!
6. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars
These decadent dessert bars include layers of salted caramel, pretzel pieces, quick chocolate fudge, and a Martin’s Butter Bread-crumb crust.
7. Chocolate-Hazelnut Strawberry French Toast
Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and fresh strawberries you can turn simple French toast into an extravagant Valentine’s Day brunch!
8. Deep-Fried S’mores Rolls
These donut-type treats, which are injected with marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup then deep-fried, create a molten chocolate flavor explosion!
9. Red Velvet French Toast
This vibrant dish uses cocoa powder and red food coloring to transform ordinary French toast into a red velvet delicacy. The vanilla bean cheesecake filling makes it worthy of a 5-star dining experience.
10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. They’re even better when combined with cream cheese, sugar, and milk, and formed into a cheesecake-style pie with a brown sugar and breadcrumb crust.
11. Chocolate-Marshmallow French Toast
Another easy French toast transformation—just stack some classic French toast in between layers of marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup. Try pairing with its “sister” recipe, Chocolate-Hazelnut Strawberry French Toast (above) for twice the deliciousness!
12. Strawberry Tiramisu Toast
Chocolate + coffee = perfection. This recipe is the perfect equation for coffee and chocolate fanatics: lightly toasted Martin’s Potato Bread with mascarpone-vanilla-espresso mixture, cocoa powder, fresh strawberries, and dark chocolate shavings.
13. Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
Use a mini muffin pan, quick breadcrumb-and-sugar crust, and basic cream cheese filling to make these individual portioned cheesecakes, which are great for parties! Then top each with your favorite chocolate toppings like chocolate chips or chocolate syrup.
14. Strawberry, Chocolate, and Brie Grilled Cheese
Reimagine the classic Valentine’s Day gift of chocolate-covered strawberries by pairing both elements with some brie cheese and accent flavors like balsamic and honey. And who knows—you may even be able to pass this off as a suitable lunch recipe.
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