Sporked’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day may be a capitalist construct designed to shame us into splurging on subpar prix-fixes, dying roses, and kitschy gifts that will be thrown away in a month, but it’s also an excuse to eat candy and chocolate. I’m not saying you need an excuse to eat candy and chocolate, but some people are grateful for that justification after trying to be “good” all January long. Whether you’re looking for candy to gift your beau or just want the best box of chocolates all to yourself, the Sporked team has done the work. 

Best Valentine’s Day Candy 

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It’s not good enough to just be a red or pink version of some everyday candy. Here’s the best candy that’s giftable, shareable, a little romantic, and actually tasty, from jam-filled chocolates to glittery lollipops. 

Best Boxes of Chocolates

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You won’t be disappointed after biting into any of the selections from these boxes of chocolates—all available at the grocery store. 

Best Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries

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You might get distracted by how good homemade chocolate-dipped strawberries are when you use these Sporked-approved chocolates. Please apologize to your paramour for us when you forget all about them and eat all the strawberries and chocolate by yourself.  

Best Trader Joe’s Valentine’s Day Products

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Valentine’s Day might be the holiday for Trader Joe’s. Everything is just so dang cute—and really good. Here are the five products we would brave the parking lot to buy again. 

Best Dark Chocolate

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If you’re a purist, then this is your kind of Valentine’s Day candy. We found the best dark chocolate you can buy at the grocery store. 

Pink Snack Ideas

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Catering a child’s magical Valentine’s Day party? Buying festive snacks for the office? Just want to inject some more pink into your daily diet? Try these delicious pink snacks. 

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