Hungry for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Try these 6 edible treats.

Photo courtesy of EuroMagic via Flickr.
Photo courtesy of EuroMagic via Flickr.

What sad lives we lead if they are, indeed, like boxes of chocolate.

It’s true that, like life, you never know what you’re going to get when you tear through that red cellophane. But is life also full of disappointment coated in sugary promise?

Boxes of chocolate are the most discouraging Valentine’s Day gift. When someone mistakenly gives me one, I try to activate my dormant X-ray vision to find the two caramel-filled chocolates that are hidden in every box. Even with a little help from the Rosetta Stone of a guide that’s sometimes included in the lid, I still end up biting through ghastly coconut and raspberry filling. Yuck.

There are other edible presents I’d rather see this Valentine’s Day. Consider these when picking out something for your sweetie.

  • An Edible ArrangementNo one in the office is upset when their coworker gets an Edible Arrangement. This bouquet of fruit (and sometimes chocolate) is meant to be shared, not envied like a traditional bunch of flowers.
  • A Panera bagel. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that my love for the cinnamon crunch bagel at Panera runs deep. Real deep. A warm, chewy bite of the pastry along with a cup of coffee would start Valentine’s Day off right.
  • Twix/Take 5. Stick with one or two types that your significant other loves if you insist on giving something from the candy aisle. My favorites are Twix and Take 5.
  • Cookies. Specifically, two cookies, a rose and a mixtape from the coffee shop/record store Please and Thank You.
  • Pizza. Rob and I have done the heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day, but that isn’t even essential. Order me some Bearno’s and reserve your judgement when I eat half of a large pizza.
  • Cellar Door ChocolatesThis isn’t the stale variety you find in your neighborhood drugstore. This local business offers a variety of fresh, decadent chocolate treats.

What do you think is the best edible Valentine’s Day present?

There’s plenty of ways to wine, dine and White Castle the one you love on Valentine’s Day

Still looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day?

February 14 is a great day to spend with people you love, eating good food.

Here are a few ideas for dining out or staying in this Valentine’s Day. Have your own food-related plans? Know of another restaurant’s special? Leave a comment.

Going out

  • If you have a few extra bucks, Hillbilly Tea is offering a five-course dinner for two for $75 from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12-14. The restaurant will also offer a vegan option for this dinner. (Hillbilly Tea, Consuming Louisville)
  • White Castle gets classy on Valentine’s Day – tablecloths, candles and a server to bring your sliders. Call (502) 361-2317, ext. 7, to reserve your table. (White Castle)
  • Impellizzeri’s will offer heart-shaped pizzas, half-priced bottles of wine and a flower to the first 50 couples to sing by the restaurant on the big day. (Impellizzeri’s)
  • At Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, buy your sweetie a card, a slice of cake or pie and a scoop of ice cream for $5.95. (Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen)
  • Heine Brothers coffee is offering 15 percent off the shop’s raspberry white mocha and red hot mocha through Feb. 15. (Heine Brothers)

Staying in

  • Order a heart-shaped medium pizza from Bearno’s for $14.99. Get it delivered. (Bearno’s)
  • For the cooking inclined, here is a collection of 10 chocolate recipes, including gluten-free and low-fat options. (The Kitchn)
  • Want to cook for two (or one), but not sure how to cut down a recipe? Check out All Recipes for some tips. (All Recipes)