Treating Your Valentine

One of the great things about Valentine’s Day is there are so many ways to celebrate it. It is the second most celebrated holiday around the globe, second only to New Year’s Day. Here are some tips to spread the love this year.

Origins of Valentine’s Day

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine. One legend suggests Valentine was a priest that performed outlawed marriages for young lovers. Another says Valentine’s Day coincides with the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia. Whatever the origins, Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. The oldest known written Valentine is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Simple but romantic gestures

Deciding how to shower your loved ones can be overwhelming. We think the thought is always more important than the gift. Here are a few ideas:

1. Make a handmade card
2. Recreate your first date
3. Create a romantic playlist of your favorite songs
4. Enjoy a spa day together
5. Prepare their favorite dessert like perfect brownies

Perfect brownies for your Valentine

What says love better than brownies? This classic recipe is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Our HEART FLOWER™ Pink Ice and Candy Tray is for perfect heart-shaped brownies. Made from durable silicone, our ice and candy trays can be used for all your hot and cold treats.

25 minutes to prepare, 35 minutes to cook

What you need for one batch:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

To prepare

Start by preheating your oven to 350° F. If using a pan, grease and flour. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Don’t forget the frosting

Combine all the ingredients and stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

Treating Your Valentine
Charles Viancin’s blog is full of gift ideas and decorations to please your loved ones. Always inspired by nature, our ideas are to try!

What sweet things are you making for your loved ones this year?

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