I used to hate Valentine’s Day. Back in the day, I rarely wound up hitting February 14th when I dating someone. I regularly wore all black and flaunted my faux-hatred for the day that splashed in my face the message that “Sorry, Chickie! No date for you!” Well, I got over it when I realized that Valentine’s Day meant falling in love with ME. Profound, no?
Then my husband showed up in my life and of course my perspective changed and shifted to embrace the “holiday”. I’ve always been a sucker for a good greeting card (my husband says I have a knack for always finding the “perfect” card), so I had that covered. All of a sudden the pattern was reset each year. Card, chocolate, nice dinner, wine. And of course my main squeeze.
Everyone’s idea of a “perfect” Valentine’s Day is different. While I love a good meal out in a nice restaurant, I also really love staying in and cooking with my husband. But according to the marketing masters out there who tell us how to celebrate this particular day, the one thing that most people seem to be on board with is the inclusion of CHOCOLATE in any way possible. Well, I’m here to tell you that while I’m not normally a big “have to have chocolate” gal, I acquiesce and splurge each year with a few chocolate treats.
With so many chocolate-themed gifts and bites to choose from out there, I have become a believer that I can satisfy my desire for sweet treats myself, making my own chocolate-covered gems. I mean, once you start dipping things in chocolate, it’s hard to stop. I started with strawberries (a classic, no?), but then found myself dipping mandarin oranges, pretzel sticks, vanilla wafers, and hazelnut creme-filled cookies, and even bacon. I was hooked.
And the great thing about the easy-to-use hard shell chocolate you can buy at the store is that it is so darned simple that a child can do it. Which would be super fun. And messy. But so worth it.
After all, if we’re all going to embrace the chocolate-dipped world of Valentine’s Day, why not have some fun with it, right? Embrace, dip, nibble, and enjoy.