You know how they say that the way to someone's heart is through their stomach? In a straw poll at Chatting Food this was voted 100% true, so we're pretty confident we've got your back. We've gathered together some of the most covetable gifts for the foodie in your life (although click here if you're looking for something with a higher alcohol content).
1. Lakrids by Bülow Liquorice
More Nigella Lawson lux than Bertie Bassett basic, this gourmet liquorice selection in a classy heart-themed box has reinvented the classic confectionery into a decidedly upmarket treat.
2. Cave Hamper
Cave is a wine bar, shop and deli in Bristol who offer nationwide delivery on a range of hampers and wine cases. The hampers contain handpicked wines, and carefully selected foodie goodies from sustainable producers - perfect for an evening of delicious wine and nibbles.
3. A Bouquet of Chocolate Roses
Could a bouquet of red roses get any more romantic? How about if they were made of chocolate?
The pretty hexagonal box contains fourteen rose-shaped chocolates, half made from smooth milk chocolate and half from a rich, dark blend, finished with a rose-red shimmer.
4. Thermapen Digital Food Thermometer
The is is the perfect gift for the keen home cook or BBQ master. One of the most popular digital food thermometers, Thermapen is quick, accurate, easy to use and designed to take the guesswork out of every cooking challenge; get ready for brilliant BBQs, perfect roasts, magnificent meringues and delicious jams. What's not to love?
5. Red Velvet Cake
Sweets for the sweet; treat your Valentine to a romantically indulgent red velvet cake, deliciously layered with smooth vanilla buttercream and topped with white crispy pearls, soft sponge pieces, then scattered with romantic petals and confetti.
6. Tarla Bake-at-Home Pastry Kits
Valentine's Day breakfast in bed? Treat your loved one to top-quality, freshly-baked pastries, with all the hard work done (and no need to leave the house).
Pro-level pastries made with Poitou-Charentes butter and Valrhona chocolate, posted through your letterbox in kit form, ready to be assembled, proved and baked at home. Now that's sweet.
RRP: £12.00-£13.50 for six
7. Luxury Cheese Hamper
Settle down with your partner for movie night with this cheese hamper from Snowdonia Cheese Company, created for sharing on Valentine’s Day. Lift the lid to discover a pair of their classic cheeses – Black Bomber and Red Storm – alongside Rhubarb & Gin Chutney, buttermilk crackers, sea-salt caramel truffles and a smart Welsh slate serving board. In other words, everything you need for a romantic night in for two.
8. Floral Brownies - EDITOR'S PICK
Flowers, chocolates, chocolates, flowers - why choose when you can send both? Earn some serious brownie points with Blushing Cook's adorable and delicious rich, fudgy double chocolate brownies, beautifully decorated with organic edible flowers and a cute dachshund illustration by Emma Block.
The brownies can be ordered online and sent anywhere in the UK - anonymously or with a personal message - to make somebody's day suddenly special.
RRP: From £36.00
9. Pancakes, Salmon & Fizz
How about a classically luxurious Valentine's Day breakfast option? Give your loved one a truly indulgent start to their day: Belgian-style pancakes, a generous portion of delicious, superior slow-smoked salmon from Western Scotland and a bottle of La Grande Marque Saumur Brut.
10. Filled Bonbonnières
Inspired by a centuries-old European tradition where the host of a celebration offered their guests a little box (or a bonbonnière) made from porcelain, crystal or silver, containing delicacies made from sugar. The gorgeous little Farhi Bonbonnières are made from papier-mâché and hand painted in Kashmir, India in a range of elegant designs, then filled with chocolate-covered almonds, raisins, coffee beans and crystallised ginger.
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