• Courtesy of Jacques Torres' "A Year in Chocolate"

  • Tastefully Simple, Inc.

  • Alexandra J. Rabbani

  • The Pampered Chef

  • Kraft

  • Peninsula Grill

  • George's California Modern

  • Truvia

  • Courtesy of Jacques Torres' "A Year in Chocolate"

  • Produce for Kids

Ditch the boring box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day. Here are 10 sweets to make for your sweetie instead.  

  • 1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Courtesy of Jacques Torres' "A Year in Chocolate"

    These chocolate chip cookies are available at Jacques Torres’ stores all year, but you can make a batch of Mr. Chocolate’s delicious cookies in your own kitchen for your valentine.   

    Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies 

  • 2. Cutie Cake Lollipops

    Tastefully Simple, Inc.

    These adorable mini cake pops from Tastefully Simple are an easy-to-make gift to give to your cutie on Valentine’s Day.

    Recipe: Cutie Cake Lollipops

  • 3. Salted Chocolate Mousse Tartlets

    Alexandra J. Rabbani

    Warning: These delicious chocolaty treats with a salty twist from New York City’s Salt of the Earth Bakery are irresistible if made with love.

    Recipe: Salted Chocolate Mousse Tartlets

  • 4. Mile-High Apple Pies

    The Pampered Chef

    Your lover will be over the moon when he/she tastes one of these decadent mini apple pies.

    Recipe: Mile-High Apple Pies 

  • 5. Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake


    Surprise your valentine with a slice of this cranberry cheesecake.  

    Recipe: Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake

  • 6. Ginger Crème Brûlée

    Peninsula Grill

    Serving this creamy dessert from Charleston’s Peninsula Grill is an extra-classy way to end your romantic meal.

    Recipe: Ginger Crème Brûlée

  • 7. Carrot Cake with Carrot Ice Cream

    George's California Modern

    Think outside the chocolate box and make this carrot cake-carrot ice cream combo for your valentine.

    Recipe: Carrot Cake with Carrot Ice Cream

  • 8. Raspberry Oatmeal Bars


    At 150 calories per serving, these raspberry oatmeal bars make a thoughtful alternative to that box of assorted chocolates if your significant other is watching his/her figure.  

    Recipe: Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

  • 9. Fours Pochés

    Courtesy of Jacques Torres' "A Year in Chocolate"

    These beautiful Fours Pochés (“piped cookies”) from Jacques Torres are a great way to show all of your loved ones how much you care about them.

    Recipe: Fours Pochés

  • 10. Fruity Short Cakes

    Produce for Kids

    Assemble these fruit-filled cakes in no time and serve one to your significant other for dessert.  

    Recipe: Fruity Short Cakes