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My Foodie Valentine (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

I’m all about boutique eats. You know, the little guys. The local companies producing amazing and delicious products. The beauty is that they are not name brands; they feel like your own little secret that you just want to share with the world (or hoard all for yourself, depending on the day). There is a spirit, a passion in the food that you just don’t get with mass-produced products. As a small business owner myself I love supporting these companies. If that means using what little ‘juice’ I might have with this blog of mine, than so be it.

So when Maggie of EatBoutique got in touch with me about her new gourmet gift boxes, I just had to try.

And as soon as I tried, I knew I had to share.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

This particular box is touted as a Valentine’s box. I know we all love our Valentine’s treats, but a box like this trumps a dozen roses and a box of ho-hum chocolates any day. Filled with locally-produced goodies from New York and Massachusetts, it really is a foodie’s wonderland. Bacon-coffee caramel popcorn, sea-salted caramels, chocolate raspberry cashews, melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, chocolate covered cocoa nibs, and a jar of deliciously sweet and spicy canned beets (that Taylor promptly claimed for himself). Oh, and Fluffy caramel chocolate chip marshmallow puffs; I may have died just a little when I tasted them.

While it is too late for Valentine’s Day, this gift box is not holiday exclusive. It’d be a great gift for any foodie in your life (or for yourself, for that matter!) and at only $55 (plus shipping), it’s a great value for the sheer amount of gourmet goodness that’s packed inside. Not to mention a truly personal touch (each box comes with a hand-written message). Even better, EatBoutique has plans for more holiday-themed gift boxes (can you say, Mother’s Day?), and boxes of year-round enjoyment. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Eat Boutique Gourmet Foodie Gift Box

It’s giveaway time, lovebirds! Maggie of EatBoutique has so kindly offered a second EatBoutique February gift box to one lucky Love & Olive Oil reader! It’s completely up to you if you share it with your sweetie, or hoard it all for yourself (totally not judging you).

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite Valentine’s day treat (homemade or otherwise)?

Entries open through Thursday, February 17 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Friday, February 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from EatBoutique. Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I’m in love at first bite! I just entered to win a gourmet gift box from @eatboutique and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/fpnS5N
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 301
    Kelsey Stalnaker
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Chocolate dipped heart mint cookies!

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  2. 302
    Andie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I like you on facebook!

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  3. 303
    stella
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    my favorite valentines day food is bacon. … :)

    i have already liked you on facebook!

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  4. 304
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    cupcakes. especially red velvet ones!

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  5. 305
    Kelly
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Chocolate molten cake would be great! Thanks.

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  6. 306
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I love fudgey gooey brownies!

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  7. 307
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I like on FB!

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  8. 308
    Debby
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Chocolate fondue is a Valentines day favorite!

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  9. 309
    Kyra V
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Definitely chocolate covered strawberries.

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  10. 310
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Definitely red velvet cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting. SO good!

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  11. 311
    Victoria
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    My favorite “treat” is spending time with my husband. I also love heart shaped sugar cookies. Yum.

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  12. 312
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’m not gonna lie…the classic Valentie Day candy sweethearts are my favorite thing about Valentie’s day. Some say they just taste like chalk. I think they’re simply delicious.

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  13. 313
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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  14. 314
    Lorraine
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I love cheesecake factory’s~ Linda’s fudge cake. It is awesome!!!!!

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  15. 315
    Emily
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    my favorite valentines day treat has to be my mom’s klotchliki cookies. Now that I’m far away at school though I’ll have to settle for baking my own cookies and mailing a card.

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  16. 316
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Homemade whoopie pies!

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  17. 317
    Leigh Ann
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    red velvet ANYTHING… but the cream cheese frosting is a must. :)

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  18. 318
    Ateanna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I enjoy sweets, especially chocolates! Homemade just takes it over the top because someone took the time and effort to make something for you.

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  19. 319
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    It might sound cheesy (and non-foodie), but my favorite Valentine’s treat is being with my husband and spending quality time together. Unfortunately, that’s not happening this year since he’s commuting to St. Louis. :(

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  20. 320
    Pat R
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I LOVE frosted heart shaped sugar cookies.

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  21. 321
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I have always adored making homemade shortbread heart shaped cookies with either strawberry or raspberry jam. Take two cookies and smear the jam in between the two and you have a delicious little sandwich cookie!

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  22. 322
    Jess :)
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    red velvet cupcakes! Just made a batch for my boyfriend and they were a hit.

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  23. 323
    devi
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    It’s a tie between dark chocolate brownie ice-cream with homemade raspberry sauce or a large ripe strawberry dipped in dark chocolate!

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  24. 324
    Tammy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I LOVE the Brach’s Valentine mallow creme candies…and I haven’t been able to find them for the past few years! The red cupid was my favorite.

    Reply

  25. 325
    Robin
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries!

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  26. 326
    Michelle
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Well for V-day this year, I’m making a chocolate fudge ganache cake. I have a feeling that after my first bite, it may well be deemed a favorite :)

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  27. 327
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Dark chocolate covered strawberries – always good!

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  28. 328
    Mary Frances
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Red Velvet Cupcakes. Yum!

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  29. 329
    Nissa
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The best treats are homemade! I love Oreo balls for Valentines Day. Mmmmmm!

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  30. 330
    Kim Dries
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Dark Chocolate dipped strawberries!

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  31. 331
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat was the meal my boyfriend cooked for me two Valentine’s ago. He made me homemade veggie lasagna, garlic bread, and chocolate cake for dessert. It was his first time ever making more than an egg sandwich.

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  32. 332
    Jess :)
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    also follow on facebook :)

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  33. 333
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I am also a Facebook fan.

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  34. 334
    Meghan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries for the win. :)

    I’m going to make a blueberry cake for tomorrow night though. :)

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  35. 335
    Meghan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to mention, but I am a follower on facebook, and I’m posting to twitter right now. :)

    Reply

  36. 336
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I would have to say without a doubt those Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts…preferrably king size!

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  37. 337
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    creme brulee, without a doubt. yum yum. (ps – I’ve just started following your blog in the last couple of months – I really enjoy it!)

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  38. 338
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love homemade sugar cookies with pink and red icing and sprinkles!

    I am a follower on facebook and twitter :)

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  39. 339
    Amy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I cannot resist Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts (the day after Valentine’s at 50% off). Thanks!

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  40. 340
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    My favorite is cheesecake, doesn’t matter what kind. I love them !

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  41. 341
    Amy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m following on twitter @neverdene.

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  42. 342
    Amy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I like on FB (A. Mace).

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  43. 343
    Heather
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    those cake-like sugar cookies with mounds of pink frosting from the grocery store are my number one Valentine’s Day guilty pleasure!

    BTW – I adore Love & Olive Oil…so much inspiration and daily yumminess!

    Reply

  44. 344
    Heather
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    and now I am a new facebook follower :)

    Reply

  45. 345
    Chelsea
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    It may not be a valentines treat but nothing beats a good flourless chocolate cake!

    Reply

  46. 346
    LiLi
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Chocolate cupcakes with a Valentine twist :)

    Reply

  47. 347
    Melissa
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Loooove chocolate covered strawberries and time with my sweetheart!

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  48. 348
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    My favorite Valentine treat is whatever my husbands brings me that day.

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  49. 349
    Mel
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The classic: little hershey’s kisses with the colored dots on the bottom!

    Reply

  50. 350
    Carol
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is Double Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Cake. All of my favorite things in one beautiful sweet! (also, I just “Liked” you on Facebook and tweeted too – hoping to win) :)

    Reply

  51. 351
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    chocolate fondue! super sexy!!!

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  52. 353
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    already a fb fan
    erin neu

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  53. 354
    Ivy
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Godiva Chocolates!

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  54. 355
    Lee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Chocolate fondue…..
    Great fun to share…and a little messy too ;)

    Reply

  55. 356
    anna
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I love your website, regardless if I win the basket. As for my Valentine answer, I have many favorites but one in particular is when it falls on a weekend when I can make the romance last and linger all day in all ways!I From Heart shaped waffles, berries and whip cream to heart , lava cakes, etc. PS: I made your rainbow cake. It took me forever but thats how long the memories will last. Happy V Day and thanks.

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  56. 357
    emily
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    my favorite treat is anything chocolate :)

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  57. 358
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Chocolate-covered raspberries! Anytime of year, really. :) And I am a Facebook fan.

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  58. 359
    courtney
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    oh, those addictive little cinnamon hearts… or white conversation hearts. or orange. : )

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  59. 360
    michelle lee
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    tulips but u can’t eat them … coconut rasberry cake with cream cheese frosting !!!

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  60. 361
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Oh so many but today I would have to say carmel sea salt gelato. It was heavenly.

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  61. 362
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Chocolate Truffles

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  62. 363
    EJ
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    favorite treat would be bananas, pineapple, and/or strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate and some red wine on the side.

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  63. 364
    Sonya
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Those huge heart shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. YUM!

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  64. 365
    Megan
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    red velvet cake

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  65. 366
    cheryl
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Heart shaped sugar cookies with half dipped in chocolate.

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  66. 367
    Katie
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    There is no way I can pick a favorite treat! But, high on my list is an apricot pastry.

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  67. 368
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    anything chocolate ;) maybe strawberries bathed in it!

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  68. 369
    Alyse
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    A kiss, homemade, from my dear husband, and anything that my boys cook for me.

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  69. 370
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    tweeted! @tri2cook

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  70. 371
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    this sounds amazing! I love how it’s all about non name brands. Somehow it feels more special and personal :)
    My favorite V-day treat is strawberries & cream with champagne~

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  71. 372
    Sarah Sonn
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I LOVE Dove Chocolates!

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  72. 373
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Well, this is pretty generic at this point — but chocolate covered strawberries!

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  73. 374
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I like you on FB

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  74. 375
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    This year it’s oreo truffles. I made almost 80 of them and was hard pressed not to keep them all for myself. But in the middle of all this winter grey, I could really go for some strawberries.

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  75. 376
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    My favorite is chocolate covered strawberries!

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  76. 377
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    This sounds amaaaazing. Maybe if I don’t win, I’ll order one anyway? :)

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is plain old iced sugar cookies, preferably in the shape of things like hearts & lips. I like any excuse to eat sugar cookies!

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  77. 378
    Avian
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I love homemade chocolate covered pretzel rods…..salty and sweet, nothing can be better :)

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  78. 379
    Hannah Z.
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I love making chocolate covered strawberries, as long as the strawberries are nice and ripe. Brownies are always nice too. =)

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  79. 380
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    It definitely wasn’t homemade, but when I was a kid, my mom would always have little Valentine’s Day packages of Sweettarts on our place mats in the morning. It was an awesome way to start a sugar-filled day that almost always included classroom Valentine’s Day parties. (Oh, and I’m a Facebook fan!)

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  80. 381
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I love chocolate truffles – especially from Cocoa Dolce in Wichita, KS.

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  81. 382
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  82. 383
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I’m a Facebook Fan! (SusanB)

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  83. 384
    Sarah
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    My mom’s iced heart-shaped sugar cookies!

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  84. 385
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I love sugar cookies with red and white sugar on top.. but I just made molasses, sugar crusted today!

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  85. 386
    Jo
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is a homecooked dinner with my husband. This year, we’re having lamb chops with roast potatoes and sauteed spinach, then pavlova with orange compot for dessert.

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  86. 387
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I think my favorite valentine’s day treat would have to be either chocolate whoopie pies, or Little Debbie Be My Valentine cakes…they’re adorable, and a huge guilty pleasure.

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  87. 388
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Also, I already liked you on Facebook.

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  88. 389
    Jessica
    Posted On February 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treats are conversation hearts. I love the pure sugar taste! Though it’s not at all homemade.

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  89. 390
    Anni
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I love homemade truffles.
    I am now following you on twitter @noehandknits

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  90. 391
    BEcky Z
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

    death by chocolate cake!!!

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  91. 392
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

    It’s definitly an ice cream cake with a meringue base topped with a lot of sweet berries! Im from Sweden, but I hope that I can compeet? I love your blog! It’s soo beautiful! Have a great Valentines day!

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  92. 393
    Catherine
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Red velvet cupcakes!

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  93. 394
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Chocolate fondue with strawberries, graham crackers, and rice krispies… or crepes.

    I’m also a fan on facebook :)

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  94. 395
    Jenny
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 5:15 am

    red velvet anything! or chocolate covered strawberries…. it’s a toss up!

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  95. 396
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:18 am

    My favorite V-day treat is none other than the sensual and decadent dark chocolate bar!
    And I am already a big fan on facebook! I love your blog :)

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  96. 397
    Nicole
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Chocolate. . . savory all the different brands and flavors. What can beat that.

    Reply

  97. 398
    Eva
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Chocalate Truffles.

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  98. 399
    Brittany
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Fig & Candied Ginger Chocolate Truffles

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    Melissa M.
    Posted On February 14, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Dark chocolate covered strawberries!

    Reply

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