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It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away already. If you’ve got a coffee-loving sweetheart, skip the roses and chocolates this February 14. Instead, dig into our sweet Valentine’s Day suggestions for coffee lovers. Whether you’re looking to buy a gift or make dessert, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to infuse some java into a coffee-themed Valentine’s Day celebration.
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
.. but not your run-of-the-mill chocolate covered espresso beans. The Dilettante Espresso Beans Blend is a decadently rich alternative to the typical dark chocolate covered beans you usually find. The 5-lb bag includes three varieties of chocolate – semi-sweet, milk and white chocolate – and they’re all amazing. The bag is just right for big parties – but it’s resealable, so you can certainly enjoy it all by yourself. If you’re looking for even more flavor pow in your chocolate espresso beans, check out the Green Mint Chocolate Espresso Beans!
Cheesecake is the perfect dessert for any special occasion – especially when it’s paired with an incredible Oreo crust and has a healthy dollop of freshly brewed espresso stirred into the filling. We especially love this recipe because Beth does such a good job of explaining each step (including how to turn out a perfectly moist cheesecake with no cracks. Best of all, unlike so many other “espresso” recipes, this one doesn’t use powdered instant espresso. It uses real, freshly brewed espresso (or coffee if you like the coffee flavor a little lighter). It’s the perfect sweet ending for a romantic dinner for two – or to bring to the anti-Valentine potluck dinner!
Sweet, smooth and creamy – coffee ice cream is the perfect ending for any meal (but hey, why wait for dessert when you’ve got great coffee ice cream?) These recipes are not your typical supermarket treat with generic “coffee” flavoring. You start with excellent coffee beans and infuse real coffee into your milk and cream. The end result? An amazing frozen treat that your coffee-loving honey will flip over.
Treat your long-distance Valentines to a very special treat – the Chapel Hill Toffee and Coffee gift box from Carolina Coffee Co. The small-batch specialty roaster in North Carolina has been attracting notice with its custom roasted coffee blends, and its unique pairings of coffee and sweet treats. If toffee isn’t your style, they also have Coffee and Biscotti boxes, and Gourmet Goodie Boxes that feature an assortment of treats to enjoy with your coffee.