Chocolate for Valentine’s Day Is for Your Parents, Not Your Bae

Try out these very-last-minute alternatives to a boring box of chocolates
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Give your Valentine a pizza your heart this year instead of boring old chocolate.

Some may say that chocolate is the confection of love, but isn’t it a bit predictable? Every February, lovers across the world race to their local stores in search of the best box of chocolates in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. And while we’re not ones to dismiss the relative merits of creamy, smooth chocolates, we are here to say one thing: it’s time to leave the chocolates to the older generations and get your bae something better this year.[related]

Now, we know what you’re thinking: if I don’t get my significant other a heart-shaped box of chocolates on my way to see him or her tonight, what can I get? We have a few ideas in mind…

Beer
Flowers and chocolates aren’t the only things that come in dozens: beer does too. Whether your boo loves IPAs, stouts, or a classic American lager, there’s something out there that says, “I love you. Let’s get drunk together.”

Cinnamon-Flavored Candies
If you’re looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day, consider going red hot for cinnamon imperials. These flaming candies excite the palate and are a holiday-appropriate shade of bright red. Spicy flavors are a known aphrodisiac so, it can also help to get things rolling on Valentine’s night.

Doughnuts
There are few foods more immediately satisfying than pillowy doughnuts. These fluffy, sweet morsels are a great sugary alternative to the traditional chocolates. Outlets such as Dunkin’ Donuts even offer up heart-shaped doughnuts for Valentine’s Day, giving a festive feeling to this treat.

Pizza
Nothing says “I love you” quite like gooey cheese, crisp pepperoni, and just the perfect amount of garlic. Pizza Hut and Papa John’s both sell heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day, so skip those pricey restaurant reservations, put on your PJs, and snuggle up with some Netflix and ‘za with your love.