Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade chocolate dessert. We asked the editors of Edible magazines across the country for their favorite Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert recipes. From rich, spicy hot chocolate to gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries, these indulgent treats are sure to score major points.
1. Chocolate mousse – Kansas City, MO: A Valentine’s Day favorite, this creamy, silky and airy mousse exudes romance. It can be dressed up or you can keep it simple with a spoonful of soft sweetened whipped cream on top.
2. Champurrado – Phoenix, AZ: Warm up your Valentine with this traditional Southwest take on sugar, spice and chocolate. Touches of vanilla, cinnamon and fennel seed add aromatic dimension to this creamy Mexican hot chocolate grain drink.
3. Valentine's chocolate mocha cookies - Nashville, TN: Straight from Music City, this bewitching chocolate cookie is replete with Olive & Sinclair chocolate, Bongo Java’s “mystic” coffee and a touch of heat. Your sweetheart won’t be able to place the ingredients, making you all the more intriguing. A Valentine ’s Day for grown-ups — music to our ears.
4. Chocolate and ginger tart with Thai basil - Rhode Island: This homemade chocolate tart with ginger and fresh Thai basil is sweet and a little savory. Flavored with basil from a local greenhouse grower and cream from a local dairy, this rich tart with its delicate crust is flavorful and sinfully delicious.
5. Fox’s U-Bet chocolate egg cream - Brooklyn, NY: This century-old sparkly sweet beverage is part of the collective soul of Brooklyn, where soda fountains could be found on every corner for the first half of the last century. All that’s needed to make this simple-yet-mythic refresher is U-bet chocolate syrup (or your favorite local chocolate syrup), whole milk and seltzer.
6. No-bake chocolate pots de crème - Orlando, FL: Lighten this rich but not-too-sweet dessert by serving it with fresh strawberries, which happen to be in peak season in Florida throughout February.
7. Chocolate pots de crème with orange, olive oil, & sea salt - Silicon Valley, CA:Here’s a modern-day take on the same dessert that incorporates seasonal flavors. The orange flavor (from the zest of a small navel orange) becomes more prominent as the dessert sets up in the fridge. Your favorite olive oil adds a subtle bitterness while a pinch of sea salt helps all of the flavors bloom.
8. Chili, chocolate & chèvre cheesecake with salted caramel sauce – Tulsa, OK:This cheesecake has it all: sweet, savory, bitter, salty and spicy elements make it indulgent and satisfying without being cloyingly sweet. Local chili powders add an unexpected savory kick to spice up your Valentine ’s Day.
9. Spicy hot chocolate with orange zest and whipped cream — South Bend, IN: This recipe, from Cultured Grub, a blog from Edible Michiana editor Maya Parson, combines top-quality dark chocolate with orange zest, chipotle peppers and whipped cream. Parson recommends using your favorite artisanal chocolate, like Violet Sky, made in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana but a good grocery store brand like Lindt will also work.
10. Gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries – Seattle, WA: Dense and deeply chocolaty, these brownies are great topped with macerated or fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries or pears.
More Valentine's Day ideas from ediblefeast.com:
- Go the extra mile this Valentine’s Day with these DIY truffle recipes.
- Don’t have time to DIY a dessert? See a list of the country’s top local chocolatiers who sell their artisan chocolates online.
This article was originally published Feb. 12, 2015 at 4:24 p.m. ET.