Believe it or not, there are other slightly-aphrodisiacal foodstuff items that say I Love You besides chocolates. Here is a smattering of chocolate alternatives to consider this Valentine’s Day (and beyond):
These little Italian treats have been around since twelfth-century monk Beato Roberto smuggled them in the sleeves of his bedclothes to his quarters (or some say), but they remain a sort of special occasion treat for Americans. Flat, wafer-thin cookies with decorative designs with the famous hint of anise and vanilla, these go great—great— with coffee. For the best pizzelles, visit www.bellapizzelle.com to select from the original recipes to specialty gourmet pizzelles, such as the chocolate variety. Prices run $24 for a drum of 20 pizzelles, or $44 for 40. Little bottles of Frangelico accentuate the experience, and are also available here.
Visit www.bellapizzelle.com or call (866) 858-6384
Health Conscious Cookies and Tea
It may seem very British in concept, but the combination is actually healthier and more satisfying than you might realize—especially if you pair La Vita Crunchy Cookies with Dilmah Teas. The cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free and guilt free (plus, a 12-month shelf life), and the soy-flour raspberry lemon and peanut butter varieties are top shelf. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Dilmah “ethical” teas complement these, the freshest global tea attainable and 100% natural. Nothing shows your love of life and your life-partner quite like the gift of longevity.
Visit www.dilmahtea.com or www.lavitahealthfoods.com for more info
Planning a romantic dinner at home? Make it crêpes—a mood-enhancing French dish if ever one was invented. Frieda’s “Ready to Eat” crêpes are completely versatile—use creams, fresh berries and powdered sugar for dessert, or meats, vegetables or gourmet cheeses to serve an entrée. These French pancakes take on suggestive undertones under a candle flicker and a bottle of Pernod.
Visit www.friedas.com for more info