Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine's Day Treats - the healthy version! (sponsored post)

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is a mere 11 days away? And you know what that means. Chocolate, candies and delectable treats! I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy Valentine’s Day treats without holding on to a bunch of guilt. I suggest making your own “special” treats and topping them off with a special drink for that evening. I also believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day even if you don’t have a Valentine because heck, we can all be our own Valentine’s! We deserve special treatment and why not give it to ourselves?

So, here are my suggestions for a nice Valentine’s Day. First it starts with fresh fruit. You can use whatever fruit floats your boat but I am partial to strawberries. I was able to purchase these for $2.88! Score!

Next I found some dark chocolate. Yes, you can indulge in Dark Chocolate- did you know that it is full of antioxidants and having a little every day is actually GOOD for you! Yes it is. And I believe in indulging when it is beneficial!

Finally, I melt the ORGANIC chocolate and dip the strawberries!

A very nice and tasty treat that is simple to make and is oh so delicious and decadent! For that extra special touch I add champagne - Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumanti champagne is not only tasty but inexpensive too! It is on the sweet side because Moscato is used but it is very nice paired with dark chocolate covered strawberries!

If you are not interested in alcoholic beverages, I enjoy sparkling cider and this one is my favorite! 

All of the items that I purchased are available at Walmart and to make a very special Valentines treat you will spend between $8 - $16 depending on if you chose an alcohol or non-alcoholic beverage. I’ve tried both and you can’t go wrong with either choice!

Wash Strawberries
Heat chocolate - use either microwave (my preferred method) or double broiler. I use the microwave with an entire slab of chocolate and set it for 30 seconds. I check on the consistency and if needed I’ll put it on for another 20 or 30 seconds.

I then dip the strawberries in the chocolate and place them on wax paper. The chocolate will set on the strawberries in less than 10 minutes but if you are in a hurry you can place the dipped strawberries in the refrigerator.

Once the chocolate has set - ENJOY!!!!

Remember to love and celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day!

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to Walmart to purchase the items in this post and as a Walmart Mom I've been compensated for my time to write and purchase the products for this post. 


Allison M. said...

nothing beats chocolate covered strawberries in my book.

Anonymous said...

not so sure about that..

Brown English Muffin said...

After reading the post on health care I implore you to watch Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.

What they do to their employees in terms of health care and beyond will shock you into possibly stopping your relationship with them.

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