“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round, but it sure makes the ride worthwhile.” — Milton Berle
Ready for a little Valentine trivia? See if you can answer these fun trivia questions about St. Valentine’s Day and the old pagan rituals from which it evolved.
Take the Valentine’s Day Trivia Quiz
Fun Facts About Candy Hearts
- The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat.
- Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made.
- The entire amount produced during this time sells out in six weeks. Candy hearts are the best-selling Valentine’s Day candy.
- In 2010, for the first time in 145 years, the company discarded all of the sayings for the conversation hearts and created a new line with expressions selected by the public.
- The most popular new sayings for conversation candy hearts are “Tweet Me,” “Text Me,” “You Rock,” “Love Bug,” “Soul Mate,” and “Me + You.”
- In order to get the old sayings, you can have them custom made — but you’ll have to buy a full production run (1.7 million candy hearts!).
Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies® offers this great recipe.
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows — OR — 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies® cereal
- Canned frosting or decorating gel
- Food coloring
- Assorted candies and/or multi-colored sprinkles
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
- 1 cup cold evaporated milk
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- Chocolate curls, optional
In a blender, combine the milk, vanilla, sugar, chocolate and salt. Cover and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired.
- 1 pkg. (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry sheets
- 1 1/2c. cold Half-and-Half
- 2 Tbsp. almond-flavored liquer or 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 3.9 oz. pkg. JELL-O French Vanilla or Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. hot water
- 1 square Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
Directions: Thaw the pastry at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unfold the pastry.
Using a 2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut each sheet into 12 hearts. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheets and let cool completely on wire racks. Spilt each heart in half horizontally.
Pour the half-and-half and almond liquor or extract into a bowl, then add the dry pudding mix. Beat with a wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
Spread about 1 tablespoon of the pudding mixture onto the bottom half of each heart; top with remaining pastry halves. Stir the hot water into the powdered sugar to make a thin glaze. Spread on top of the hearts. (If glaze becomes too thick, add more hot water.)
Drizzle the melted chocolate on top to form thin lines.
Yield: 24 Servings
Create Valentine Memory Boards
Wrap 1/2-inch-thick square or rectangular cork pieces in fabric. Choose Valentine’s Day patterns, or select coordinating fabrics in pinks and reds to best suit the holiday. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, wrap best. Fold the corners, wrap the fabric to the back, and staple in place. Mount the panels with removable hooks and picture hangers to make it easy to change them out.
Light up the Night with this Votives
The candles are as sweet as your valentine mood when you add this accent. Fill plain glass votive candleholders with candy nonpareils for seasonal color. Small glass beads from the crafts store offer a similar look.
Create a Candy-framed Photo Frame
Craft this candy-heart frame as a sweet homemade gift for your Valentine. Measure a cardboard circle to fit on top of a picture frame. Glue the candy hearts on the cardboard head-to-head, adding another layer on top. To finish the easy gift, glue the cardboard with the candy hearts onto the frame.
You can alternate colors on a single frame, or adhere the hearts with the sayings facing up for a more creative and personalized approach.