Melt Hearts with Handmade Chocolate Sweets — Comfort Food Feast

Instead of swinging by the drugstore for a sorry box of chocolates, give your valentine handmade chocolate treats that are a sure-fire way to melt hearts.
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Whether you've got yourself a sweetie or you're going for a more "all my single ladies" approach, these chocolatey sweets are just what St. Valentine called for. Instead of swinging by the drugstore for a sorry box of chocolates, give your valentine handmade chocolate treats that are a sure-fire way to melt hearts.

It may be the go-to move, but there is something to be said for biting into plump, juicy  Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (pictured above). Not only are these fruity treats romantic through and through, they're also completely effortless to make. Plus, rolling each melted chocolate-dipped strawberry in crushed pretzel sticks or almonds makes for a crunchy complement that proves that opposites attract.

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A variety of Doughnut Holes in a bowl

Photo by: Jim Franco

Jim Franco

Before you stop at a pricey gourmet chocolatier, take matters into your own hands. Hand-rolling your very own  Chocolate Truffles results in the same creamy, intense richness as the store-bought variety. Add a shot of brandy to add depth to the bittersweet chocolate base, and roll truffles in cocoa powder, shredded coconut or crushed nuts before gifting to a chocolate lover.

Alton Brown Chocolate Fudge

Photo by: Marshall Troy Photography ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Marshall Troy Photography, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

If you're hoping to give a downright swoonworthy treat, Alton Brown's  Chocolate Fudge loaded with roasted nuts is the way to go. Pack it up in a decorative tin so your valentine can snack on fudge even after the glow of Valentine's Day is behind us.

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Food Network's S'more Brownies

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Tara Donne, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Your chocolatey treat doesn't need to be traditional. Bake a batch of quirky  S'mores Brownies and your sweetie will surely become lovey-dovey. Either gift-wrap a few slices or hand over the whole tray. Hey, while you're at it, bake a batch for your office, your fam or your platonic "palentines." Everyone will appreciate these chocolatey squares of ooey-gooey goodness.

Get more chocolate recipes from family and friends:

Dishin & Dishes: Espresso Truffles

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

The Cultural Dish:  Moroccan Pots de Creme

In Jennie's Kitchen: Fudgy, Chewy Brownies {dairy free}

Haute Apple Pie: Mississippi Mud Pie

Food for 7 Stages of Life:  Everyday Chocolate Granola

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