Valentine’s Day has long been a time of celebration, with traditions dating back all the way to ancient Rome. Today, these ancient traditions have walked a long road to become the traditions we all know and hold dear—sweet candies, beautiful cards with heartfelt messages of love and devotion, and of course, heart-shaped gift boxes of chocolate delights.
Chocolates are now all but synonymous with Valentine’s Day, and for your spouse, lover, or significant other, just any old chocolate won’t do. Whether your sweetheart’s sweet tooth prefers milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate, you’ll find the best gourmet chocolate confections and candies to make the perfect gifts here at Sconza.
Grand Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day
It’s never too late to plan something special for you and your sweetheart this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Finding the perfect gift to impress your special someone can seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be.
Check out some of the following simple gift ideas to get started:
Valentine’s Breakfast or Brunch
If you’re short on time, planning a last-minute evening out on Valentine’s Day may not be the best way to excite your sweetheart. Reservations for romantic nights are often made weeks or even months in advance and fill up fast.
Instead, consider a different meal to make the centerpiece of your Valentine’s Day. Why not savor the morning with a Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch? Restaurants won’t fill up quite so quickly for these meals compared to dinner, and not only are breakfast and brunch generally more inexpensive, they also allow for a full day of fun activities for you and your valentine afterward.
You can make your romantic meal even sweeter for you and your sweetheart with Sconza’s Chocolate Covered Cherry or Chocolate Fruit Basket treats.
Our Chocolate Covered Cherry treats combine smooth, sweet milk chocolate and rich white chocolate with tart, tangy, and delectable whole dried cherries for an unforgettable taste and texture. Eat them by the handful or use them to decorate chocolate cakes and cupcakes!
Our Chocolate Fruit Basket puts an entire fruit basket in the palm of your hand, with an assortment of dried cherries, blueberries, apricots, cranberries, and apples covered in rich milk and white chocolate. These vibrantly colored chocolate fruit morsels are as beautiful as they are delicious!
Create the perfect setting at home
You don’t have to go out for breakfast, brunch, or dinner for Valentine’s Day if you’re confident enough in your cooking skills and your ability to set a romantic table. We here at Sconza are here to make setting the ultimate Valentine’s Day table for you and your loved one easier with our Valentine’s Day chocolates.
Stay in for a relaxing evening of fine dining at home. Create the perfect table setting and add a little ambiance using scented candles, essential oils, and a bunch of rose petals, and cap it all off with any of our gourmet gift boxes, including Chocolate Covered Cherry morsels, Chocolate Coconut Cashews, Lemoncello Chocolate Almonds, caramels, and more!
Does your sweetheart prefer the finer things in life? The rich flavors of our Dark Chocolate collection might be just the thing—the distinctive taste of dark chocolate meets mint, caramel, blood orange, espresso, and more in our decadent collection of Dark Chocolate treats.
From cherries to caramels to cashews and beyond, we offer all sorts of gourmet milk chocolate treats to delight your chocolate lover’s sweet tooth.
Does your significant other prefer the creamy, buttery flavor and velvety mouthfeel of white chocolates? We have just the thing to help you delight their taste buds this Valentine’s Day as well. From Lemoncello Almonds to Milk Chocolate Toffee Almonds to our Chocolate Covered Cherries and Chocolate Fruit Basket bags, you’ll find a dazzling array of gourmet white chocolate treats for your sweetheart.
Make it yourself
You can spell “love” with only three letters, and those letters are “D-I-Y!”
Nothing says love quite like making something yourself! Make this year the most memorable Valentine’s Day for you and your partner with handmade gifts. Use fresh flowers, a spring of rosemary, or handmade candles or soaps to put together a special gift to express your feelings as only you can. Or fill a mason jar with Milk & White Chocolate Cherries tied with a lovely ribbon or rustic bow for a delicious gift that looks as good as it tastes!
The Sweet Origins of Valentine’s Day
In ancient Rome, the middle of February was a time to celebrate the coming of Spring and honor Juno, the Roman goddess of love, with celebration and gifts. How did this time of joy and passion become the ubiquitous celebration of romance with cards, candy hearts, and—of course—chocolate we all know and love today?
What we know today as Valentine’s Day was originally the Feast of Saint Valentine, a feast day established by Pope Gelasius I in the 5th century to commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Valentine 200 years earlier on February 14. According to legend, Saint Valentine himself was said to have sent the first valentine’s card, signing a love letter “from your Valentine” on the eve of his martyrdom.
His feast day took on its current association with romance and gift-giving in 14th century medieval England, and some believe that its most enduring tradition—sending love letters and poems to your sweethearts—was an invention by English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in his poem The Parliament of Foules.
This idea caught on in a flash in medieval England—In fact, the oldest known valentine still in existence is a love poem written by the Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415! Through the 1800s, the commercial mass-produced Valentine’s card industry took off in England and spread rapidly to the United States, and in the early 1900’s Hallmark Cards, Inc. was founded… and the rest, as they say, is history!
The story of chocolate’s relationship with Valentine’s Day takes a different path. Of course, chocolate was unknown to the people of Europe when most of the traditions we associate with the holiday were established, but in its native land of the Americas, it had already gained a reputation as a symbol of love. The Mayans considered hot chocolate an important part of their wedding rituals; the Aztecs considered it an aphrodisiac!
Some of these general attitudes about chocolate traveled from the New World to the Old World, where chocolate became a popular gift between nobility and royalty. In the 1800s, though, chocolate became more affordable to the masses, and Cadbury debuted their first heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in 1861. The rest of the candy industry immediately seized on the new trend, and soon enough chocolates and Valentine’s Day became truly inseparable!
Don’t forget the Sconza chocolates for Valentines day
So long as chocolate has existed, it has been a symbol of affection, attraction, deep love, luxury, passion, and sensuality. Is it any wonder that chocolate gifts became the biggest part of Valentine’s Day?
Some scientists agree with the ancient Aztecs that chocolate has aphrodisiac properties. Chocolate contains chemicals such as endorphins that boost your mood and make you feel euphoric and other chemicals that may have some links to arousal as well, though it’s the texture and sensual experience of eating chocolate that does a lot of the heavy lifting. With all these benefits, why shouldn’t you give chocolates to someone you hold near and dear to your heart this Valentine’s Day?
Our luscious Confection Perfection chocolates are the perfect way to express your love. Our gourmet treats are available in single flavors or mix-and-match and are made to be savored and shared.
We at Sconza have one last tip for you when it comes to planning out your next Valentine’s Day: Take it easy, and don’t run yourself ragged trying to make the whole day perfect. No matter how you decide to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, all that really matters is that you enjoy some time with the ones you love.
At the end of it all, any effort you put into making the day memorable will be noticed and appreciated.