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Why not surprise your Valentine with a homemade treat this year?

Fresh, pillowy marshmallows are a refreshing change from the usual chocolate, and surprisingly addictive. My nephew's girlfriend, Julianna, whipped up a batch of these last Christmas and people are still talking about them. Check out The Brownie Points Blog where Julianna found the recipe. It is also reprinted here after the jump for your convenience.

Marshmallows will keep for several weeks at room temperature in an air-tight container. Try them in your Hotta Chocolata or Hot Chocki.

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Sambuca may seem like an unusual match for chocolate, but I use this combination of flavors in my tiramisu, and it is unbeatable.

Chocolate Espresso Sambuca Truffles

Sometimes the most romantic gestures are the ones that are a little unusual. Any recipe that requires wire cutters and a large trash bag is at least going to be fun! Make your own cotton candy at home. Suggested theme music: Funny Face, Cathy's Clown, Everybody Loves a Clown... I could go on.

Cotton Candy

Pralines take a little bit of skill; they can easily turn grainy. Just make sure you have a good candy thermometer and stir often. They are sure to melt the heart of any southern belle or gentleman you have your eye on.

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French Quarter Pralines

If you're not up for kitchen duty, check out where to buy the best candy.

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