Melt Hearts with Handmade Chocolate Sweets — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2015

Chocolate-Covered StrawberriesWhether you’ve got yourself a sweetie or you’re going for a more “all my single ladies” approach, these chocolatey sweets are just what St. Valentine called for. Instead of swinging by the drugstore for a sorry box of chocolates, give your valentine handmade chocolate treats that are a sure-fire way to melt hearts.

It may be the go-to move, but there is something to be said for biting into plump, juicy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (pictured above). Not only are these fruity treats romantic through and through, they’re also completely effortless to make. Plus, rolling each melted chocolate-dipped strawberry in crushed pretzel sticks or almonds makes for a crunchy complement that proves that opposites attract.

Chocolate TrufflesBefore you stop at a pricey gourmet chocolatier, take matters into your own hands. Hand-rolling your very own Chocolate Truffles results in the same creamy, intense richness as the store-bought variety. Add a shot of brandy to add depth to the bittersweet chocolate base, and roll truffles in cocoa powder, shredded coconut or crushed nuts before gifting to a chocolate lover.

Alton's Chocolate FudgeIf you’re hoping to give a downright swoonworthy treat, Alton Brown’s Chocolate Fudge loaded with roasted nuts is the way to go. Pack it up in a decorative tin so your valentine can snack on fudge even after the glow of Valentine’s Day is behind us.

S'mores BrowniesYour chocolatey treat doesn’t need to be traditional. Bake a batch of quirky S’mores Brownies and your sweetie will surely become lovey-dovey. Either gift-wrap a few slices or hand over the whole tray. Hey, while you’re at it, bake a batch for your office, your fam or your platonic “palentines.” Everyone will appreciate these chocolatey squares of ooey-gooey goodness.

Get more chocolate recipes from family and friends:

The Lemon Bowl: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Creamy Cheese Frosting
Feed Me Phoebe: Dark Chocolate Beauty Bark with Chia Seeds, Pepitas and Goji Berries
The Heritage Cook: Gluten-Free Black & White Brownies with Orange Glaze
Virtually Homemade: Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Coconut
Creative Culinary: Raspberry Boccone Dolce (Pavlova with Chocolate and Raspberries)
Daisy at Home: Mocha Mousse Marshmallow Cake
The Mom 100: Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakes
Dishin & Dishes: Espresso Truffles
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
The Cultural Dish: Moroccan Pots de Creme
Red or Green: Dark Chocolate Truffles- 4 Flavors 
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chocolate-Coconut-Cashew Bark with Sea Salt
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Chocolate and Pretzel Bark with Sea Salt
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Fudgy, Chewy Brownies {dairy free}
Haute Apple Pie: Mississippi Mud Pie
Taste with the Eyes: Chocolate Mint Parfaits with Chocolate Hearts
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Everyday Chocolate Granola

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