DIY Edible Valentine’s Gift Ideas


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care. While you can certainly do that with expensive jewelry, romantic weekends away, or other lavish gifts, you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your love and appreciation. Edible Valentine’s gifts are not only delicious; they are an easy and economical way to say “I love you!” Sure, you can purchase a beautiful Valentine cookie bouquet or heart-shaped cheesecake online, but here are some DIY gift ideas to make this February 14th the best yet.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered anything is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift. Strawberries add a particularly romantic touch and can be the perfect sweet treat for your sweetheart. This easy recipe is courtesy of AllRecipes:

You’ll need:

· 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves
· 16 oz milk chocolate chips
· 2 tbsp shortening
· Numerous toothpicks

To make:

1. Insert your toothpicks into the top of each strawberry.
2. Melt your chocolate and shortening. The shortening will make the chocolate just the right consistency. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
3. Hold your strawberries by the toothpick and dip them into the melted chocolate.
4. Turn strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into the Styrofoam. If you don’t have Styrofoam handy, you can always place them on waxed paper as well.
5. If you want to add a little bit of embellishment, melt white chocolate with a bit of shortening and then drizzle it with a spoon onto the strawberries.

Caramel Apples

These gooey treats are not just for Halloween anymore! A gourmet caramel apple is a sophisticated and very elegant gift, and best of all, you can dress it up anyway you’d like. Try this recipe from The Yummy Life:

You’ll need:

· 1 (11 oz) package of caramel bits OR 1 (14 oz) package unwrapped caramel candies
· 2 tbsp water
· 5 to 6 medium-sized apples
· 5 to 6 popsicle/craft sticks
· Chopped nuts, cookies, candies, toffee, melted chocolate for the drizzling

To make:

1. Wash and dry your apples and remove their stems.
2. Insert your craft sticks into the apple at the stem end and then refrigerate.
3. Put the caramels into a microwave-safe bowl. Add the water, and then microwave on high for around 3 minutes or until the caramel is melted. Stop every minute to stir mixture.
4. Put each apple into the bowl of melted caramel and swirl around until the apple is coated. Remove the apple from the caramel and let it drip off any excess. You can also use a spoon to remove caramel that isn't wanted.
5. While the caramel is still wet, roll your apples in the chopped cookies, candies, and/or nuts. Gently press them into the apple with your hands to set.
6. Put the apples on greased waxed paper or aluminum foil.
7. Put the coated apples in the fridge to chill.
8. If you want, drizzle with chocolate and then return to the fridge.
9. Wrap each apple in a little bag, tie, and store at room temperature. You can make these a day or so in advance because they keep for several days.

Biscotti and Coffee (or Tea)

A lower-calorie choice that is equally delicious is homemade biscotti and a steaming cup of joe. The best part is that these crunchy biscuits are easy to make and can be customized to suit any taste. Try this base recipe from AllRecipes and then branch out to try different variations.

You’ll need:
· ½ cup vegetable oil
· 1 cup white sugar
· 3 ¼ cups flour
· 3 eggs
· 1 tbsp baking powder
· 1 tbsp anise extract (alternative: 3 drops anise oil)

To make:
1. Preheat oven to 375˚F, and grease your cookie sheets.
2. Beat eggs, oil, sugar, and anise until blended well.
3. Combine flour and baking powder, then stir into the egg mixture.
4. Divide the dough into two sections. Form each piece into a roll that is roughly as long as your cookie sheet.
5. Put it on your cookie sheet and press it down until it is about ½ inch thick.
6. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove cookie sheets and let cool. When they are cool enough to touch, slice each one crosswise to make ½ slices.
7. Put the slices cut side up onto the baking sheet. Return to oven and cook for another 6-10 minutes for each side. When they are done, the slices will be slightly toasted.

Give the special people in your life a gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day. You can’t go wrong with these great treats and the fact that you've handmade it yourself, will make the gift extra special.

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