Valentine’s Day Candy Recipes

If there’s one thing that’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day, it’s a box of chocolates. This year, instead of resorting to the store-bought (and often stale) variety, impress your loved one by making your own Valentine’s Day candy. From lollipops and truffles to barks, brittles, and fudge, there’s an endless number of sweet treats that are easy to make from scratch. In fact, all of our candy recipes are great if you’re in need of a last-minute gift (who isn’t?!), as they take very little time but result in an impressive and personal present. If you know your sweetie looks forward to the chocolate box, re-create it yourself with our creative takes on a traditional chocolate truffle (including peanut butter and jelly and lavender raspberry!) Then, present your assortment in one of these super-sweet Valentine’s Day candy boxes, which your loved one will cherish for years to come. Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you keep a few for yourself.

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Fudge

One bite of this peanut butter fudge, and you just might vow to keep a batch in the fridge 24/7. Combining the flavor of rich, chocolatey fudge with a peanut butter cup—all with crunchy peanuts sprinkled on top—this dessert checks off all the boxes. No need to turn on the oven, either. You’ll melt the butter, chocolate, peanut butter, cream, and a few other ingredients over a saucepan, before pouring the mixture into an 8-inch-square pan, adding a few nuts on top, and cooling it in the fridge. Cut into bite-sized (or bigger!) squares, and dig in. Sweet.

Kitchen Sink Chocolate Bark

We wanted to develop a crave-worthy chocolate bark recipe. But, we wondered, should we go nutty or fruity? Savory or sweet? Ultimately, we wanted it all. So here it is: The Kitchen Sink Chocolate Bark that combines sweetened shredded coconut with mixed salted nuts, a mess of dried fruit (try raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, chopped dried apricots or even papaya), and pieces of salty pretzel, all sprinkled over semisweet chocolate. Think of it as the everything bagel of desserts. The variations, as you can imagine, are pretty limitless, so pick and choose which flavors you love and whip up your very own batch.

Espresso Truffles

Don’t let the total time in this recipe for homemade truffles turn you off: Most of that’s hours spent letting your chocolate mixture cool and harden in the oven. In reality, these Espresso Truffles are a snap to prepare, and boy, do they go quick (which is why we devised a recipe that gives you four dozen truffles). Intense bites of coffee, two kinds of chocolate, and cocoa powder, the sweets have a sophisticated, adult taste. Meaning the kids won’t deplete your supply. Store finished truffles in the fridge, and bring to room temperature before serving. Psst: They make a great homemade gift, too.

Cacao Nib and Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Give homemade toffee a decidedly adult upgrade with cocao nibs, nature’s chocolate chips. Cocao nibs are made from crushing and crumbling cocao beans, so they have a deep, tart chocolate flavor and a nice crunch. In other words, they’re practically made for sprinkling over this toffee. Salty pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) a nutty crunch and a little bit of color. Simply cover your base of crackers with homemade caramel (a mixture of melted butter, cane syrup, and sugar), then chocolate, then the toppings. The preparation does require a candy thermometer and a pastry brush—worth-it additions to any kitchen where a sweet-tooth cooks!

1 Amazingly Easy Truffle Recipe, 6 Delicious Variations

What better way to show your love that to spoil your sweetheart with homemade chocolate truffles? And the secret’s safe with us: Truffles look mighty impressive, but they couldn’t be simpler to make. The key to maximum deliciousness is starting with a high-quality chocolate that tastes fantastic on its own. This formula requires six hours of chilling time, but only 40 minutes of actual attention. And if you like to experiment, try some of the creative variations below—like peanut butter and jelly, Earl Gray, and cardamom coconut—every one of which can be easily adapted from our basic recipe for Dark Chocolate Truffles.

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