Valentine’s Day is one of the highlights of February. And whether you have a “special someone” in your life or not, you can celebrate with people you care about!
You can also flip the focus of this holiday (or month!) to self-care and enjoy some fabulous treats for just being you!
14 Tempting Food & Drink Treats
If you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate this year, here are 14 fun food and drink options for “Valentine’s Day” that can be enjoyed from morning until night (and on any day you want to enjoy them too!)
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1. Love a good latte in the morning? Why not make one with a heart for Valentine’s Day!
Kristy from A Mind “Full” Mom has an easy homemade latte recipe with a variety of flavor and dietary variations.
And you can learn the art of the latte heart from barista Mike Jones on Howcast (over 8 million views!)
2. Rather than using a traditional waffle maker, pick up a fun heart shaped waffle maker.
Try making your waffle batter from scratch if you have some extra time. There’s a good chance you have the ingredients for this popular Allrecipes waffle batter.
Another interesting (and delicious) option? Boost the protein and flavor and pick up some Kodiak Dark Chocolate Protein Power Cake Mix (for pancakes, waffles, and more!)
3. Why not add fresh berries or other fruit to the menu for your Valentine’s Day breakfast or morning snack?
Passionfruit is a unique and tropical treat. Described as sweet yet tart – you’ll not only enjoy the taste but receive plenty of benefits for your heart (and skin, muscles, and more!) from feasting on passionfruit.
4. What could be more fun than ordering a heart-shaped pizza for lunch!
Check out the specials at Papa John’s or the California Pizza Kitchen and choose toppings and extras you love. You can even order a Chicago Deep Dish Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Pizza Gift Package on Amazon.
5. Another great idea is to pick up a heart-shaped cutting board and create your own Valentine’s Day charcuterie board.
Slice up your favorite veggies, cube up some cheese, add some lean deli meat, and top it off with fresh fruit for a healthier “heart happy” lunch option.
6. While you can order personalized M & M treats for Valentine’s Day, many of us aren’t that organized!
If you aren’t a planner, opt for something simple for you or your chocolate lover, such as Dove Dark Chocolate Hearts or Ghirardelli’s Valentine Strawberry Bark Squares to satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth cravings.
7. If you prefer a salty snack option, there are plenty of fun heart-shaped snacks for you to much on.
Home-made is an option too! You can give this popular Heart Shaped Soft and Chewy Buttered Pretzels recipe a try!
8. Boost your antioxidant intake with a Taste of Home’s appetizer recipe for Cucumber Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
Use a low-fat mayo option to bring down the calories and enjoy a few of these fun red treats to tide you over until dinner.
9. If you’re looking for a light drink before dinner, a Strawberry Mimosa is the perfect blend of bubbles and fruity delight.
There’s more to it than putting a strawberry garnish on the edge of your champagne glass! Check out the video on Delish that shows how to make the perfect Strawberry Mimosa drink.
10. You can skip the blender (and the oven!) when you make a Bailey’s Red Velvet Cupcake Martini.
All you'll need is a bottle of Limited Edition Bailey’s Red Velvet, your favorite vodka, and some ice for this tasty treat. You can add a little more heart to the recipe and make it fancier by rimming the martini glass with your favorite chocolate.
11. When you’re cooking your Valentine’s Day dinner at home, consider using heart-shaped pasta in your holiday menu.
If you’re lucky enough to have an Aldi nearby, you may find Reggano’s Valentine’s Day pasta. But to no one’s surprise, Amazon has heart-shaped pasta too.
12. If you’re looking for a main dish for Valentine’s Day dinner that’s not only creative but delicious, check out Food.com’s recipe for Sesame Shrimp Hearts with Passion Sauce.
It’s a fairly simple recipe that includes many basic ingredients you’ll likely have at home.
Pick up a few extras along with the shrimp and in about a half hour, you’ll have a wonderful homemade dinner ready to eat.
13. As you near the end of a special day, you’ll want to indulge in a scrumptious special day dessert.
Why not try Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting? Add a bit of red food coloring to the frosting mixture for pink icing.
Another popular favorite for Valentine’s Day is Chocolate Lava Cake. This Food Network recipe for this melty treat is 5-star rated with almost 300 reviews and many remarks about how easy it is to make!
14. Whether you’re in a wintry climate or enjoying life as a snowbird down south, you’ll love a mug of Raspberry White Hot Chocolate to close out your Valentine’s holiday.
If you want something with a more traditional chocolate flavor, swap out the white chocolate chips for semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.
15. Frozen treats are also a favorite of many snowbirds!
Few will turn down a chocolate truffle or other familiar sweet treats. But you might be surprised to find a perfect recipe for using just a few simple ingredients you prefer over store-bought sweets or a box of chocolates.
Pick up some fresh strawberries and coat them with melted chocolate for a delicious treat. Or whip up a homemade chocolate cake or moist chocolate cupcakes.
We hope this list of ideas will help you celebrate Valentines's Day or any special day of the year!