Valentine's Day is your chance to show your loved ones how much you care about them through sharing gifts and spending time with that special someone. But the day of love doesn't just apply to couples; you can spend it with friends and family members too. So, with that in mind, it's time to decide how you'll celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Sure, you could go for the traditional flowers or chocolate, but why not make your own special treats?
In this post, we'll reveal some homemade treats that will send a cupid's arrow straight to the hearts of your recipients.
Homemade chocolates take one of the UK's favourite treats and give them a more sentimental appeal. Better still, you don't have to be a master chocolatier to create delicious homemade treats. All you need is some melted chocolate, moulds (or an ice cube tray) and sprinkles or other decorations of your choice. You can then combine milk and white chocolate to create a marble effect or add a swirl of peanut butter for a deliciously indulgent treat.
If you're looking for a way to show your loved ones that you've gone the extra mile, why not create some heart-shaped boxes filled with their favourite sweets? It's a great way to keep everything organised and means that they can reuse the box once all of the goodies have been eaten.
You'll need some sturdy paper or card, a craft knife and glue or double-sided tape. Once you've cut out your template, fold the sides of each box into place and secure with either glue or tape. Add some ribbon for decoration, and you're done!
As it's Valentine's Day, we recommend adding some of those delicious Haribo Hearts, which are the perfect mixture of jelly sweet and foam.
You can also include chocolates, jelly lips, strawberry creams, and don't forget the infamous Love Hearts that come with their special message.
Another great way to show someone how much you care is by filling a jar full of their favourite treats. Not only does this take little effort on your part, but it also means that they can reuse the jar once all of the goodies have been eaten.
If you're unsure what their favourites are, then a simple Google search will help you out. You could even get creative and make your labels with a personalised message.
One of the easiest and most popular options is to add some sweets or chocolate buttons in a jar, along with other treats that you think they might enjoy. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, then we recommend adding mini Mars bars and Twix fingers for an indulgent treat.
Chocolate, Mallow & Beans Pizza
If you've ever tried the delicious combination of pizza bread and chocolate, you'll know that the bread and chocolate mix perfectly. Well, how about making your own for the ultimate treat?
It's straightforward, and all you need is a ready-made pizza base. Just melt your chosen chocolate, and spread it evenly across the base (as you would with tomato sauce).
Then, take some marshmallows and other toppings of your choice, and place them onto the pizza.
If you don't want to bake the pizza or prefer to avoid bread altogether, you can buy a ready-made chocolate, mallow and beans pizza, which tastes delicious and is ideal for sharing this Valentine's Day.Chocolate Strawberries
One of the simplest and most popular Valentine's Day treats are chocolate strawberries. All you need is a punnet of fresh strawberries, some melted chocolate and something to dip them in (we recommend chopped nuts or desiccated coconut).
Simply wash your strawberries, then melt your chosen chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Dip your strawberries into the melted chocolate until they're coated, then place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with your chosen toppings and refrigerate for around 30 minutes or until set.
They make a great addition to any celebration feast and can easily be made ahead of time if you're running short on time.Champagne and Chocolates
There's no better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a glass of bubbly. Prosecco is a popular choice because it offers a luxurious appeal but isn't anywhere near as expensive as traditional champagne.
If you're looking to add a little more excitement, why not make some chocolate truffles before the big day? Another popular option is adding rose petals or coloured sugar sprinkles.
Many people believe that chocolate truffles are difficult to make - but they're surprisingly simple (as long as you know what you're doing).
If you need some help along the way, use this great recipe from Sally's Addiction.Pick n Mix
Something nostalgic about pick and mix sweets makes them ideal for adults and children alike. There are so many great sweets available, so you can do anything you like.
For example, why not put together a retro sweet bag full of bonbons and other old fashioned delights? Jelly sweets are also brilliant because you can combine a mixture of favourites, including foam eggs, cola bottles and jelly snakes.
You can also take advantage of the low price of wholesale sweets and make it a special day for everyone around you. Just grab some bags, write a nice message on them, and you have a cost-effective but very thoughtful Valentine's treat.Mousse With Chocolates
Are you planning a special dinner for your loved one this year? How about serving a delightful mousse for dessert? You can choose between a range of flavours, including chocolate, strawberry, or go for something more exotic like butterscotch.
Add some chocolates to the top of the mousse, and you've got a thoughtful dessert that won't break the bank.
The Wrap Up
Making Valentine's Day special this year doesn't have to be difficult, especially when you can use any gift ideas above. Remember, for most people, it's the thought that counts and taking some time to create a gift will show your loved ones you genuinely care.
At Appleton Sweets, we love confectionery, and you can find discount prices on all of our high-quality sweets from international brands. Please feel free to browse our site and contact us with any questions.
You can also check out our guide on making chocolate gift jars.