At Valentine’s Day, all other desserts must make way for the goddess Chocolate. People who are otherwise indifferent on the topic of food become fanatical when it comes to chocolate’s sweet superiority. From the fussiest soufflé to the humblest brownie, chocolate rarely disappoints. That’s why it’s the perfect Valentine treat—and why we’ve created these 10 dessert recipes, one for every kind of chocolate-loving Valentine.
Nothing here requires a candy thermometer or a pastry bag, so don’t worry that you’ll spend Valentine’s Day stressing over the stove feeling anything but festive. No matter what type of sweetheart you’re celebrating this year, we have something he or she will love receiving and sharing.
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For the adventurous: a caramel brownie topped with ganache and a sprinkle of sea salt to add depth and surprise.
For the kid at heart: a rich cookie with a light dusting of powdered sugar over its dark crinkles.
For the nutty: a delightfully fun peanut cup.
For the healthy: an easy almond bark filled with good antioxidants for your sweetie’s sweet tooth.
For the bold: a molten lava cake that can be prepared ahead and put into the oven for 10 minutes before being demolished in a blaze of chocolate glory.
For the mysterious: a deep, dark, grown-up-tasting fudge that is actually sophisticated.
For the cuddly: a genuine, creamy cocoa to warm the warmhearted.
For the elegant: a simple chocolate truffle, perfect alongside coffee.
For the spontaneous: a seemingly innocent Bundt cake with a surprise black Russian flavor.
For the homebody: homemade brownies for two. (The perfect base for ice cream.)