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Valentine's Day gift guide

Rebecca - Good Food Channel

4th February, 2013

by Rebecca - Good Food Channel

Valentine's Day gift guide

Valentine's Day is a day for caring and most importantly, sharing. We've got the top foodie gifts to give your loved one, from baking your own treats, buying chocolate roses and celebratory champagne - you're sure to find something that they will love... and you will enjoy too!

Chocolate roses

They say that the Italians are the most romantic, so say 'ti amo' to your Valentine this year with these beautiful roses. Not just any old flowers, these Carluccio's milk chocolate rosa - six long stem flowers made with the finest Italian chocolate.

If roses are your thing but chocolate isn't, try one of our rose-flavoured recipes. There are rose fairy cakes, beetroot cupcakes with rose icing, rose champagne cocktails and even Madhur Jaffrey adds rose water to her lamb biryani.

Biscuit tin

This pretty Emma Bridgewater heart biscuit barrel is a gift that keeps giving.

It would be crazy to leave it empty, so why not fill it up with heart-shaped jam biscuits, strawberry shortbread, love heart cookies or jam tarts before you give it to your loved one?

You just have to hope that after Valentine's Day they will keep it stocked up to return the favour to you!

Nyetimber

Nyetimber, England's finest sparkling wine producer, has released its special 2008 Rosé especially for Valentine's Day.

With a price tag of £45 it's not an everyday sparkler but if you head to the Nyetimber Facebook page you could try and win a bottle and then make lots of excellent champagne cocktails to celebrate if you win!

I love Jamie Oliver's champagne and strawberry cocktail recipe made with vanilla sugar.

Choc truffles

Appleton Estate have joined forces with Charbonnel et Walker to create limited edition Jamaica rum truffles, £11.95, for Valentine's Day. Each handmade truffle has a dark chocolate shell which reveals a ganache, infused with rum, in the middle. We can assure you they are good, eat-a-whole-box-at-once good!

Go the extra mile and make your own chocolates, these truffles look incredible but are very easy and these salted caramel truffles from Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber are amazing too.

Pie dish

Say Pie Love You with this Le Creuset heart-shaped pie dish, £27.95, from Steamer Trading Cookshop and then bake your way to your Valentine's heart!

Start with a simple chicken and leek pie or creamy fish pie and then wow your partner with Eric Lanlard's banana and rum pie or classic apple pie for dessert.

Rose tea

We've been seeing floral touches everywhere lately, from nasturtium salads, lavender cake and rosehip and hibiscus sorbet but there's one old favourite that will always be popular on the culinary spectrum... rose.

That's why we love Løv Organic's loose leaf rose tea, in a pretty pink reusable tin. Available at John Lewis and Selfridges from £8.99, the China tea is lightly scented with organic rose blossoms for a wonderfully delicate flavour.

Get cheesy on Valentine's Day. No we don't mean send your lover an 'I LOVE YOU' teddybear, we're talking real, delicious cheese. Savoury lovers will rejoice with this handmade heart-shaped Cornish yarg cheese wrapped in edible nettle leaves. Available from Lynher Dairies, at £25.95, for a huge 900g truckle, delivered straight to your loved one.

You could make heart oatcakes as an extra present or use the cheese to make one of our top 10 cheese recipes, try a three cheese pasta, a haddock and cheese tart or ham and cheese tortelli pasta.

Amelia Rope

Nothing says Valentine's Day more than chocolates, this year surprise your Valentine with some proper chocolates. Amelia Rope has just launched these beautiful handmade chocolate cubes with different flavours in different colour foils. Each box of 12, at £16, includes chocolates flavoured with peppermint, mandarin and ginger.

Or choose from 100s of our chocolate recipes, we've got honeycomb crunchies, pancakes, brownies, mousse cake and cupcakes. The chocolate possabilities are endless!

Heart mould

You'll be sorted with a Valentine's Day gift for life with this nifty silicone heart cake pan, don't just give it to your boyfriend/girlfriend - bake something for them instead!

The mould, £14.99 from Steamer Trading Cookshop, is useful for so many things. You could bake a simple cake, a heart-shaped jelly or even a cheesecake.

Gu puds

This year don't go out and waste lots of money at a restaurant, have a romantic night in instead. Gü have two hot chocolate souffles that are worth staying in for. They cost from just £2, available at supermarkets and only take 12 minutes in the oven... triple result!

If you want to bake your own chocolate treats you should try Mary Berry's easy chocolate cake, ultimate chocolate cupcakes or go completely romantic with heart fondant chocolate cakes.

Pink sambuca

Raspberries are a natural aphrodisiac so if you're in the mood for love then you'll adore Antica rasberry sambuca. Made in Italy, the liqueur is an infusion of handpicked wild raspberries, fine white spirits, natural herbs and spices, great for shots or making cocktails, Antica is available at The Spirit Cellar for £18.

Prefer to stay on the sober side? These raspberry recipes will spice up your love life without the hangover!

macaroons

The elegant yet delectable macaron still seems to be the trendiest of treats. This year Fortnum & Mason have taken a romantic approach to the pastries with heart-shaped macarons for Valentine’s Day. At just £1.75 you could send everyone you love one each or splash out on that special someone with a box of 14 for £23.

If you're up for the challenge you could try making macarons yourself, these raspberry and pistachio ones look so pretty and this rose macaron recipe is from afternoon tea connoisseurs, Claridges.

What will you be giving this Valentine's Day?

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