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5 alternative treats for Valentine’s Day to convey the perfect message

Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it's to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine's Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care. Fortunately,...

Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it’s to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine’s Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care.

Fortunately, you don’t have to default to processed sugar overload to give something delicious for that special someone. Here are five awesome ideas for alternative treats guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and make them feel loved.

Warm drinks say: “You warm my heart.”

Invite someone to slow down, enjoy a “me moment” and sip something warm and delicious by gifting coffee or teas. You can create a cute gift basket by adding a special mug and beverage accompaniments such as lemon juice, agave syrup and creamer.

Rockit™ Apples say: “You’re the apple of my eye.”

Give him or her the newest and coolest apple around: Rockit™ Apples! This deliciously sweet, miniature-sized nutritious treat is a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Packed with the perfect amount of nutrients and crunch, these apples are ideal for gifting with the quintessential pop of red color ideal for Valentine’s Day. Check out these beauties on instagram.com/rockitappleusa.

Nuts and trail mixes say: “I’m nuts about you!”

If you’re nuts about them, why not give the crunchy munch snack they crave? Nuts! Whether it’s delicious whole almonds or a trail mix you know they’ll adore, this snack will stop hunger pangs and bring a smile on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Dark chocolate says: “You’re the sweetest.”

Make a healthier candy selection by gifting a few bars of dark chocolate. Lower in calories than milk and white varieties, a few small squares of dark chocolate a day may have health benefits like reduced blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Popcorn says: “Just poppin’ in to say I care!”

Healthful whole grains make popcorn a tasty treat for valentines of all ages. Whether it’s a few different bags of popcorn to try or a popcorn gift basket including kernels and toppings, you’re sure to add a pop of love to your valentine’s work or school day.

How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a...

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a smooth meal come go-time. How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner is simple thanks to our tips and recipe suggestions below.

Decoration: set the mood

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to make your loved one feel special, so set your table to match the occasion. Use your best table cloth, plates and cutlery. Fold cloth napkins into fancy shapes (it’s easy, we promise) to add to the sense of occasion. Make creative decorations and place cards like our dipped Valentine’s Day Rockit™ apples (pictured above). Oh, and don’t forget to dim the lights and add some candles!

Apéritif: start with drinks and nibbles 

Every romantic dinner should start with some drinks and bites to eat. Valentine’s Day is about spending time together, no need to rush. Cocktails, like our sparkling pear cocktail (pictured above) and cherry gin and tonic, are a classic and chic way to start your evening. Alternatively, mulled wine makes a wonderful cozy drink to kick off the festivities.

Bits and bites are perfect for showcasing your creativity and going beyond the everyday chips and dip. Our roasted honey and thyme pear crostini (pictured above), Bosc and blue cheese radicchio cupsand apple, walnut and blue cheese triangles are easy to make and will definitely impress your special someone.

Starter: choose soup or salad  

Soup is a great starter since it can be made ahead of time (you’ll be thankful on the day, believe us) and can be beautifully presented with garnishes. Our Butternut squash and pear soup (pictured above) uses spiced chickpeas to create a stunning presentation, while our apple and roasted parsnip soup is finished with a dramatic swirl and chopped herbs.

Salads are also an excellent choice because they look gorgeous and many components, including the vinaigrette, can be made ahead of time as well. They are lighter than soup; a good choice if you have rich dishes planned for the following courses. Our pear, fig and feta salad is as delicate as it is attractive and we love the superfood crunch salad and apple pear fennel salad.

Main: keep it colorful and simple

If you’re slaving over the stove you’re not spending time with your loved one, so pick a straight-forward and delicious recipe like our skillet pork chops with Brussels sprouts and apples (pictured above). Complement your chosen protein with colorful side dishes that are eye-catching and simple to make. Our stuffed acorn squash, vegetable skillet roast, roasted pears stuffed with quinoa, and scalloped sweet potato and apples are all fit for purpose.

Dessert: end with a bang 

Dessert should be the climax of your romantic meal. Pick a beautiful recipe to blow your partner away like our raw vanilla cheesecake with caramelized pears (pictured above), mini Rockit™ Tartes Tatin, poached iced tea pears, or cherry chocolate pavlova.

Alternatively, turn up the heat with a chocolate fondue like this apple and white chocolate number!

Dipped Valentine Rockit™ Apples

Will you be mine? Treat your special Valentine to adorable Rockit™ apples coated in luscious white chocolate and decked out in sprinkles! This simple craft is a perfect way for kids to take part in cupid’s special day. Our dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples are wonderful for parties:...

Will you be mine? Treat your special Valentine to adorable Rockit™ apples coated in luscious white chocolate and decked out in sprinkles!

This simple craft is a perfect way for kids to take part in cupid’s special day. Our dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples are wonderful for parties: beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

YIELD: 8-10 dipped

Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines

SUPPLIES

  • 8-10 Rockit™ apples
  • 10 candy apple sticks or popsicle sticks
  • 10 oz. bag of white chocolate melting wafers
  • Assorted sprinkles and decorations

METHOD

  1. Rinse and thoroughly dry Rockit™
  2. One at a time, place apples on a stable surface and gently push a candy stick into the center of each Rockit™, at its core. Stop when you’re halfway through the apple. Set aside.
  3. Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper.
  4. Have decorations ready along with a clean plate.
  5. Melt the white chocolate over low heat in a double boiler or a glass bowl set over a pan with simmering water. Stir until completely melted and remove from heat.
  6. Hold an apple by the stick and dip into the white chocolate, then rotate until the Rockit™ is completely covered. Hold right side up over the melted chocolate until the chocolate stops dripping.
  7. Holding the dipped apple over the plate (do not set the apple down), decorate with sprinkles while the chocolate is still warm. Set on lined sheet pan to cool and the chocolate is set.
  8. Repeat until all Rockit™ apples are coated in chocolate and decorated.
  9. Eat immediately or give to friends, kids or co-workers! Your beautifully decorated Rockit™ apples will keep for up to 3 days if wrapped lightly in plastic wrap or cellophane gift bag.

Rockit™ Apple Halloween Monsters

Get spooky with our pint-sized dipped Rockit™ apple Halloween monsters. This kid-friendly activity is a chance to get creative by making edible goblins, witches, skulls, mummies, and more!  Rockit™ apples are perfect for these dipped Halloween treats as they are child-sized and in season.  YIELD: 12 dipped apple monsters  Recipe...

Get spooky with our pint-sized dipped Rockit™ apple Halloween monsters. This kid-friendly activity is a chance to get creative by making edible goblins, witches, skulls, mummies, and more! 

Rockit™ apples are perfect for these dipped Halloween treats as they are child-sized and in season. 

YIELD: 12 dipped apple monsters 

Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines 

INGREDIENTS  

  • 12 Rockit™ apples 
  • 12 oz. white melting chocolate 
  • 12 oz. assorted colored melting chocolate (we used orange and green) 
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips  
  • 12 candy sticks or popsicle sticks 
  • Plastic ziplock bags or piping bags, one for each kind of chocolate (do not mix colors) 
  • Assorted decorations of choice: colored sugar sprinkles, candied eyes, frosting pens, etc.

METHOD  

  1. Wash and dry the apples well. 
  2. Push a candy stick into the top of each apple and push it down about half way through the Rockit™. 
  3. Starting with one color, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave by cooking for 5 seconds at a time and stirring in-between. Be careful not to burn chocolate. 
  4. Dip apples one at a time until completely covered, making sure to hold each apple over the bowl to let excess chocolate drip into it. Place dipped apples on parchment or wax paper to set. If using sprinkles add to the apples before the chocolate sets.  
  5. If you wish, melt a different colored chocolate and repeat. Ultimately this will depend on your planned designs. We recommend the following base coats: white for skulls and mummies, green for goblins and witches, and orange for pumpkins.
  6. Repeat process until all apples are covered in a base coat. 
  7. Once the base coat has set, create faces and accents on the apples. Place a few tablespoons of melted chocolate in a plastic zip lock bag, squeeze the chocolate to one corner of the bag and snip a very small hole in the end if the corner, use as a piping bag to draw on the apples. Use a separate piping bag for each color. 
  8. Set aside until the chocolate is set and can be handled. Serve immediately or wrap individually, apples will last at room temperature for 1 day or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  

NOTES: 

  • Do not try to use water-based food coloring to tint white chocolate instead of using store-bought colored chocolate. The results won’t turn out well!

Cute Valentine’s Day Recipes with Apples and Pears

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to have fun by whipping up sweet treats that show your loved ones how much you care. Apples and pears add a touch of wholesomeness to decadent Valentine’s desserts.    Check out our round-up of cute Valentine’s Day recipes with apples and pears that even Cupid couldn’t resist!  Dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples  Nothing says...

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to have fun by whipping up sweet treats that show your loved ones how much you care. Apples and pears add a touch of wholesomeness to decadent Valentine’s desserts.   

Check out our round-up of cute Valentine’s Day recipes with apples and pears that even Cupid couldn’t resist! 

Dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples 

Nothing says “I love you” quite like these adorable bite sized chocolate-dipped Rockit™ apples. Make a batch with the kids to share with their schoolmates! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Heart shaped puff pastry pear tart 

Halve pears and bake them on heart-shaped puff pastry to make this impressive looking dessert. Perfect for a romantic dinner. 

Source: Mom Foodie

Apple and white chocolate fondue 

Dip heart-shaped apple slices in pink tinted white chocolate and sprinkles for an adorable Valentine’s Day dessert. 

Source: Chelan Fresh

Chocolate fudge cake with poached pears and salted caramel 

The four-ingredient chocolate cake is topped with luscious wine-poached pears, strawberries, cherries and salted caramel sauce. Gluten-free. 

Source: Nadia Lim

Apple sweetheart “sandwiches” 

Keep Valentine’s Day sweet and healthy thanks to our fresh apple, peanut butter and pomegranate sandwiches. And they’re easy to make too! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Pear, rhubarb and raspberry crumble 

Bake this bubbling pear, rhubarb and raspberry crumble in individual heart-shaped dishes for extra V-Day cuteness. 

Source: Grace’s Sweet Life

Chocolate pear Valentine’s tarts 

Say “I love you” with these gorgeous tarts. Chocolate and pears are a classic combo – enjoy! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple rose tart 

Surprise your special someone with this stunning a heart-shaped tart with apple “roses”. As delicious as it is beautiful. 

Source: Green Healthy Cooking

Pear Nutella toast 

Start Valentine’s day with a decadent breakfast in bed! Whip up this easy sweet chocolatey toast layered with fresh pear slices and walnuts.  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Romantic apple hand pies 

Cut-out dough hearts are filled with fresh apples and spices before being baked to perfection. A lovely Valentine’s treat for the whole family. 

Source: Happy Healthy Mama

Chocolate Dipped Rockit Apples

Ingredients Rockit™ Apples Bags of chocolate chips for melting; chose either dark, milk chocolate or white chocolate, or one of each for variety. Assorted topping suggestions: Chopped nuts Mini chocolate chips Mini marshmallows Flaked coconut Prepared caramel sauce Crushed peppermint candy or candy canes  Popsicle sticks...

Ingredients

  • Rockit™ Apples
  • Bags of chocolate chips for melting; chose either dark, milk chocolate or white chocolate, or one of each for variety.
    Assorted topping suggestions:
  • Chopped nuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Flaked coconut
  • Prepared caramel sauce
  • Crushed peppermint candy or candy canes 
  • Popsicle sticks for apples (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Assemble all of your topping in small bowls or in piles on a second sheet pan. Set aside.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a small glass or heatproof bowl in a microwave for 10 second increments, stirring in between, until completely smooth. NOTE: chocolate burns very quickly so be sure you do not overcook it. Alternatively melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Set aside to let cool slightly, stirring as needed. oil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until most of the water has been evaporated, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Insert popsicle sticks into the center of the apples, if using. 
  5. Holding the stem (or popsicle stick handle) dip the fruit into the melted chocolate, rolling it on its side to get more coverage, when it is well coated hold the fruit over the bowl until the chocolate stops dripping. Place the fruit on the lined sheet pan. Let the chocolate begin to set and cool for a few minutes before putting toppings on, otherwise they will slide right off. The most effective way to put the toppings on is, working over your topping bowl, hold the fruit with one hand and press a hand full of the toppings into the chocolate with the other hand, repeat until you get the desired results.
  6. Repeat with remaining fruit.

Note:

There is no set way these should look so let your creative genius loose and have fun! Use the different types of chocolate for drizzling or layering on the fruit, or pour a bit of caramel over the finished product for extra decadence.

Rockit Apples Lake Chelan

Apple Pizza with Walnut Parmesan Pesto, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese

INGREDIENTS Apple Pizzas 1 store bought whole wheat crust Walnut pesto (recipe follows) Caramelized onions (recipe follows) 1 Rockit Apple, thinly sliced 2 oz. goat cheese 2 tablespoons golden raisins Walnut Pesto ½ cup walnuts 1 cup packed basil leaves ¼ grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup olive...

INGREDIENTS

Apple Pizzas

  • 1 store bought whole wheat crust
  • Walnut pesto (recipe follows)
  • Caramelized onions (recipe follows)
  • 1 Rockit Apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

Walnut Pesto

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • ¼ grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped golden raisins

METHOD

To make the Walnut Pesto

  1. Add the walnuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, and salt to a food processor.
  2. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil, and process until a thick paste forms.

To make the Caramelized Onions

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the onions.
  2. Cook the onions, stirring frequently until they are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Turn down the heat to low and allow the onions to cook slowly over low heat, stirring only a few times until they are a deep golden color, about 30 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped raisins, stir, and continue to cook for about 10 more minutes until they are sweet and sticky.

To assemble the Apple Pizzas

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and lightly grease a large cookie sheet/sheet pan.
  2. Roll or stretch dough out to fit onto the pan, about 12 inches round.
  3. Spread prepared Walnut Pesto on the dough, and then top with the Caramelized Onions.
  4. Next add the apple sliced to the pizza, and dollop with goat’s cheese.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust begins to crisp and the apples are golden.
  6. Sprinkle raisins over the warm pizza, and serve!
Rockit Apples Lake Chelan

Dipped Apple Slices

Yield: Makes 12 apple slices INGREDIENTS 2 Rockit Apples, each cut into 6 equal slices, and seeds carefully removed ½ lemon, juiced ¾ cup dark chocolate, chopped ¾ cup nut butter ½ cup of each variety of desired topping (such as chopped nuts, coconut, granola, chopped...

Yield: Makes 12 apple slices

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Rockit Apples, each cut into 6 equal slices, and seeds carefully removed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup nut butter
  • ½ cup of each variety of desired topping (such as chopped nuts, coconut, granola, chopped chocolate, etc.)

METHOD

  1. Add lemon juice to a large bowl and carefully toss in apple slices. Dry on paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, add the chopped chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave again for 30 seconds, stir until smooth.
  3. In a separate small bowl, add your favorite nut butter (microwave for 20 seconds if needed to soften)
  4. Add each topping to separate small bowls.
  5. Working one slice at a time, dip in either the melted chocolate and nut butter and then carefully sprinkle with topping. Place on platter or plate, and refrigerate briefly to allow chocolate and nut butter to harden.
  6. Enjoy!