Be My Vegan Valentine: Treats & Recipes for a Special Day

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In the interest of full disclosure: I received Dandies vegan marshmallows to sample, and this post contains affiliate links.

Hearts! Candy! Warm fuzzies! Oh my!

Major retail stores have been pushing Valentine’s Day merchandise practically since Christmas, but here at QV, I like to be a little more timely (or perhaps a bit fashionably late) about holidays. Therefore, I bring you a post just about a week before this highly commercialized, heart-filled celebration!

I know, I know. Most of you are looking for that perfect vegan wing recipe to chow down on during the Super Bowl, but there’s nothing wrong with rounding up a few sweet recipes to share on the 14th! Read on for tasty Valentine’s Day delights suitable for chocolate lovers, cookie monsters and anyone who likes food on sticks.

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Super Candy Sources

If you’re looking for decadent vegan candies to give as gifts, these companies have you covered. Be prepared to fall into a sugar coma! (And snap to later with a smoking credit card and the vague notion that you just procured enough chocolate to feed an army.)

  • Lagusta’s Luscious Valentine’s Day collection — Find them locally or shop online!
    • All chocolates are 100% vegan, organic and fair-trade
  • Sjaak’s 100% organic vegan chocolate
  • Natural Candy Store — Be sure to check shipping deadlines for your area to get vegan, allergen-free, junk free candy delivered in time for the holiday.
  • Dandies Vegan Marshmallows — Use them to make these Heart-Shaped Crispy Treat Sandwiches with strawberry filling.
    • From Chicago Vegan Foods, the makers of Dandies: “The first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market, Dandies are made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. The products are produced in the company‚Äôs dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. Dandies marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.”
    • Find them in vanilla, mini vanilla and pumpkin varieties!

Make Your Own Vegan Valentine’s Treats!

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Put in a little effort to bake or confect (Is that a word? It is now!) something special for the person you love — or all the people who make your life amazing! Give these great vegan Valentine’s Day treats as gifts, serve them on a heart-shaped plate to cap off a romantic dinner or make them the focal point of an amazing spread of party desserts!

Cake Pops

Who doesn’t love cake on a stick? Deck out these cake pops with ribbons and use different toppings like sprinkles, cocoa powder, cinnamon or shredded coconut to create a unique presentation.

Candy

They say it’s the thought that counts when giving a gift, so why not make your loved one’s day with delicious homemade candy instead of store-bought?

Cookies

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I couldn’t do a roundup of treats without including some cookies. They’re a classic for gift-giving and party platters!

With this list on hand, you’ll have no problem making Valentine’s Day sweet for your significant other, your family, your friends — or yourself. Enjoy!

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Header Photo By Austin White via http://public-domain.pictures/

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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