'Valentine's Day' on Serious Eats

Know Your Sweets: Candy Hearts

Candy hearts are a centuries-old, endearment embossed sweet that have become synonymous with shoeboxes full of Valentine's Day cards and a chalky, (potentially tooth-shattering) texture. Learn what candy inspired them, what flavors the colors are supposed to mean, and more! More

Yes or No Sexy: Debunking the Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac

My boyfriend and I are coming up on our six-year anniversary, and though we love each other dearly, we seem to have left the honeymoon phase of our relationship back in college. Would a single aphrodisiac be powerful enough to combat our five-plus years of accumulated farts, burps, and dissipating sense of mystery? I did some highly scientific calculations and concluded that our chances of, erm, success would be exponentially improved if we force-fed ourselves all the aphrodisiacs. More

Serious Cheese: Be My Cheesy Valentine

Naturally, when you think of romance, you think of cheese. In the pantheon of amorous foods, there are oysters, chocolate, and then...cheese. (At least that's how I rank them.) Please thank me in advance as I save your Valentine's Day through the powers of fermented mammal milk. Sexy, non? Here's a guide to buying cheese for your squeeze. More

17 Cocktails for a Romantic Valentine's Day

What makes a cocktail good for Valentine's Day? To start, it should be the sort of thing your loved one loves, whether that means a gin drink or a bourbon drink, a fruity drink or a fizzy drink. Our favorite Valentine's Day cocktails are flavorful and colorful, whether that means delicately pink or boldly red, fresh and light or strong and boozy. Some have a floral side, just in case you forgot to order that pretty bouquet. More

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