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Chocolate IS Valentine's Day

Many of us are wondering what we can do to save some money this Valentine's Day and still say "I love you" to the wonderful people in our lives. So I scoured my mom's and aunt's and cousin's database for some fun and unusual chocolates for Valentine's Day just for you. Chocolate is Valentine's Day in my opinion. Add a sweet valentine or a love letter from my hubby and I am all set for the day. I love giving my daughters and grandkids chocolates to say I love you to them. I love to wrap each piece in a bright piece of tinfoil and find a great tin that I can paint and decorate for the day. So here we go with some great chocolate recipes.


Fantasy Fudge

This is my all time favorite fudge recipe. It is a classic. I spice it up by adding conversation hearts to the top of each piece as it cools.


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Combine sugar, margarine and milk in heavy 2 to 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat or until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees F., stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

Stir in chocolate pieces until melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Pour into a greased 13-by-9-inch pan.


Cool at room temperature. Cut into squares. Makes 3 pounds.

Cookies and Creme Fudge


  • 3 (6 oz.) packages white chocolate baking squares
  • 1 (14 oz.) can EAGLE BRAND Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed chocolate creme-filled sandwich cookies


In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt white chocolate squares, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in crushed cookies.

Spread evenly into wax-paper-lined 8-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm.

Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Chinese Chocolates


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts


In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips; stir until smooth. Stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts until well coated. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies


  • 1 1/2 cups margarine, melted
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Grease a 10x15 inch pan. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups melted margarine, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Spread in prepared pan.

Combine 1/2 cup margarine and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Spread over peanut butter mixture. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters


  • 2 lbs. melted chocolate
  • 1 lb. peanut butter
  • 1 lb. peanuts


Melt chocolate in double boiler, stirring constantly. When it is creamy add peanut butter, whip until well mixed. Stir in peanuts. Drop by teaspoon on wax paper. Refrigerate until firm. Yield 100 pieces.

Check out my article on ThriftyFun about recycling tins. Add some red or pink paint and decoupage a great picture on the top and you are all set for making Valentine's Day sweet and memorable.

About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.

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