Flowers, jewellery, cologne – these classic Valentine’s Day gifts are guaranteed winners on 14 February. But for food lovers (especially those with a sweet tooth), you can’t beat a bit of chocolate. This gives you two options; buy something special from a top chocolatier (companies such as Godiva always have a special Valentine’s Day range) or shoo your partner out of the house for a day while you melt, temper and chill something special yourself.
It’s probably best to leave boxes of chocolates to the experts, unless you have a variety of moulds to hand, but you could make some hand-rolled truffles flavoured with your beloved’s favourite ingredients. Bruno Loubet makes his truffles extra indulgent with Drambuie, while Paul A Young stays true to quirky form with his Port and Stilton offering. For a pretty finish, try covering your chocolates in crystallised rose petals, seen here in Karen Burns-Booths recipe, or personalise mendiants like Louise Robinson with brightly coloured nuts and flowers. Just make sure you buy the best quality chocolate you can find – it’s the most important ingredient.