Don’t stop at the corner drugstore for that big heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day. Believe me – your loved one will know where you got it! Instead, throw tradition to the wind and put a new twist on chocolate.

The tradition of giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day dates back to ancient Mesoamerica, where these early civilizations used chocolate as a healthy and luxurious drink. It was also an important part of marriage ceremonies, where couples would drink chocolate in preparation for the wedding night. So chocolate has a long history as an aphrodisiac!

Dinner and a Movie

Take the traditional dinner and a movie to a new level with a unique chocolate surprise. That special person in your life deserves a little extra attention – without a lot of extra effort on your part. Here are some chocolate gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face and a kiss on your lips.

Keep the fun in your Valentine’s chocolate gift with marshmallows. Marshmallows aren’t just for kids anymore – specialty marshmallows come in a variety of interesting and exciting flavors. Gourmet marshmallows also come in traditional Valentine flavors like chocolate chip, chocolate, and Mexican chocolate.

Spice it up

If your Valentine is up for a little adventure, you can spice up your gift with a mix of chocolate and chili powder, cayenne or chipotle peppers. You’ll add heat and intensity to the evening. Other unusual and delicious chocolate and spice pairings are rosemary, basil, lemon, and mint.

A gift of dark chocolate is also perfect for the health-conscious Valentine. Did you know that dark chocolate is good for you? Keep your Valentine healthy with the antioxidants and vascular health-promoting flavanols found in dark chocolate. Or combine that dark chocolate with other heart-healthy ingredients, such as goji berries, figs, or almonds.

If your date is always reading food labels in the grocery store or ordering special menu items at restaurants, you may need to accommodate a dietary restriction. Go for specialty chocolates that are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, and organic.

Chocolate for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be boring and mundane. A few minutes of shopping online can turn your Valentine’s Day into a memorable and fun experience!

Author Bio: Ginnifer Gianelli is a devout foodie, researcher, and writer. She loves her husband but obeys her dog. She blogs at, and is currently indulging in hand made chocolates and chocolate marshmallows.

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