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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reaffirm your love or to take the next step if you’re in a new couple. Of course, any romantic plans should come with a gift, something you know they’ll appreciate and cherish. But if you’re in love with a foodie, it might be a little difficult to figure out just the right thing, and it’s too easy to order something that arrives stale and inedible.
To help you make the right decision, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day gift for foodies. There’s something here for everyone, from the kitchen whiz to one who puts hot sauce on everything to the one who loves Japanese snacks. Here are our top picks for Valentine's Day food gifts.
Any local pizza place will try to impress with heart-shaped pies on Valentine’s Day, but for real bonus points, you should pick up this deep-dish pizza from legendary Chicago pizza place, Lou Malnati. Considered one of the Windy City’s best pizza joints, Lou Malnati’s has been serving up deep-dish pizzas for over 40 years. Its signature buttery crust, exclusive sausage blend, and chunky tomato sauce can all be delivered to your door via Goldbelly.
In addition to the 9-inch pizza, you’ll get a classic pizza night dessert: a giant chocolate chip cookie from Carol’s Cookies. Your perishable order will arrive on dry ice and does need some time in the oven before serving. The pizza and cookie can be kept in the freezer for up to a month should your date night plans change. Proceeds from this pack benefit the Chicago-based nonprofit Spreading Hearts.
The Linzer cookie is normally associated with Christmas, but honestly, the buttery cookie is good all year-round. Whether your sweetheart is a natural when it comes to baking or simply caught the winter baking bug, this pre-portioned cookie kit is great for any cookie lover.
Designed to make 12-16 cookies, the kit includes the necessary dry ingredients, two heart-shaped cookie cutters, small jars of Bonne Maman raspberry jam, and parchment paper. All you need for fun in the kitchen are a stick of butter, an egg, and a baking sheet.
February 14 is in the dead of winter, and a great way to warm your bones is a cup of hot chocolate with a delicious marshmallow slowly melting on top. These marshmallow hearts from New York-based Sweetniks are perfect for plopping into your mug.
Available in both pink and white vanilla, Sweetniks sprinkles each 2-inch marshmallow heart with edible confetti hearts for a little extra love. They’re available by the dozen, ship within three days of purchase, and will keep fresh for up to four weeks when stored in an airtight container.
Everyone agrees that waffles taste much better fresh than frozen. The heart-shaped waffles from this nonstick waffle maker will make any breakfast-in-bed scenario even more special this Valentine’s Day.
The maker includes four molds that fully bake 3-inch waffles in 7 minutes and has a safety lock during cooking. An indicator light lets you know when the plates are heated and when the maker is in use. A nonstick surface makes for easy cleanup and it’s designed to be stored vertically, saving space in your cabinets.
Chocolate is a notoriously finicky ingredient, but this kit for making chocolate truffles promises a fun time in the kitchen with delicious results. The kit makes approximately 36 truffles and up to four truffle flavors: plain chocolate, sea salt, coconut, and peppermint.
Other than heavy cream and butter, the kit includes all the ingredients you’ll need, from a full pound of French chocolate chips to cocoa powder and coconut flakes for the final coating. The full instructions are also included and have tips for each stage. They’ve even tested the kit for making vegan chocolate truffles by swapping out the heavy cream for coconut cream.
Big, juicy strawberries covered with rich chocolate are often a key component of any romantic date night. Picking up a dozen berries from Godiva ensures you won’t end up with tart fruit and mediocre chocolate.
This gift contains 12 large strawberries coated generously in Godiva’s signature milk chocolate or dark chocolate. To guarantee freshness upon delivery, they’re shipped in a weather-proof container and are shipped overnight. Ready to eat right out of the box, this is a slam dunk for Valentine’s dessert.
If the cheese lover in your life already has a monthly cheese subscription, then give them a gouda way to plate their cheeses. This heart-shaped cheese board is perfect for either impressing your dinner guests or a personal snack board for TV binges.
This cheese board comes in two options: sustainably sourced olivewood and matte white marble. Both measure 18 inches in length and have natural variations making each board unique. Natural material does need to be treated with care. Washing by hand is recommended, and olivewood boards should be treated occasionally with mineral oil.
Whether your loved one has fallen head over heels for versatile cast iron or is simply a Le Creuset fan, there are few more perfect Valentine’s gifts than this heart-shaped Dutch oven from the French company. This 1-quart Dutch oven is made of stain-resistant enameled cast iron, which doesn’t require additional seasoning, and is a great size for smaller meals, desserts, or side dishes. As with all Le Creusets, the tight-fitting lid seals in steam and heat during cooking, and large side handles make carrying it easy.
When topped with a black phenolic-resin knob, it is oven safe to 375 degrees. Switch that out with a stainless steel knob and it’s safe to 500 degrees. It’s otherwise safe to use on any cooking surface, and it’s even okay to clean in the dishwasher.
The ruffled edges of Emile Henry’s pie dishes always add a certain flourish to any pie’s presentation, and a heart-shaped pie will be loved by recipients all year-round. This French company crafts its pie pans from Burgundian clay, which heats evenly for uniform baking and excellent browning. It’s also great at retaining heat so dishes stay warm throughout the meal.
This high-quality dish is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees and can also be placed under your broiler and in the microwave. Unlike some glass pie pans, Emile Henry’s dishes can handle a freezer-to-oven temperature change. The heart shape holds up to 2 liters and will work with recipes formatted for 9- or 10-inch pies.
We all know what they say about oysters and why they’re the perfect appetizer for a lucky date night. And yes, they do set a glamorous mood when sitting in the half-shell on a bed of crushed ice. Kumamoto oysters are regularly considered some of the best oysters to eat raw.
Sold by the dozen from Seattle's famous Pike Place Fish Market, these deep-cupped oysters are cultivated sustainably in Humboldt, California. They’re known for being on the milder side with a sweet finish and are referred to as the champagne of oysters. Goldbelly does allow ordering early for guaranteed delivery.
Snacks are one of life’s little joys, especially if you buy unique Japanese snacks at your local Asian market. If your loved one has a favorite Pocky flavor or keeps a stash of matcha Kit Kats, then they’d certainly love a whole box of Japanese snacks.
This box comes filled with 20+ authentic Japanese snacks plus a Genmaicha tea pairing. Those snacks include suppa mucho potato sticks, dango mochi, yuzu sake candy, uni rice crackers, and Hokkaido red bean doughnuts. If one box isn’t enough, Bokksu also has a monthly snack box subscription.
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with overflowing bouquets of long-stemmed red roses—but you can’t eat those. You can eat this bouquet of flowers made from beef jerky. Available in original, teriyaki, and hot flavors, this bouquet arrives in a pint glass vase and is packaged fully assembled. The entire “flower” is edible from the jerky flower to the stems made of beef and pork jerky. Reviewers say both kinds of jerky are flavorful and tender.
If you caught the penultimate episode of The Great British Baking Show, you know that silicone molds are often destroyed in the name of a good bake. Anyone who loves to be in the kitchen, or simply likes fun ice cube shapes, will enjoy Wilton’s Easy-Flex Silicone Heart Mold.
Made of 2 dozen 1.75-inch hearts, this blue silicone mold can be used for baking, making candies, jelly candies, ice cubes, and even small ice cream treats. The mold is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees, and is safe in both the freezer and microwave. Like all Wilton products, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Give your loved one the most comforting thing in the world: a nice hot cup of tea made from heart-shaped satchels. This adorable gift is the brainchild of Jacqueline Aliotti, the daughter of French tea shop owners.
The box comes with 15 bags of tea, containing five satchels each of English Breakfast, organic Earl Grey, and organic white berry tea, which is made of green and white tea, pink pepper, natural flavoring, and raspberry. The heart-shaped bags shouldn’t affect steeping at all, leaving you with a relaxing cuppa.
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Siobhan Wallace has written about food and wine for over a decade. She would be thrilled to receive any of these gifts on any day of the year.