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Making Waves with Chocolate

Nothing says Valentine’s Day better or more intimately than chocolate. (Okay, well, maybe foie gras, oysters, filet mignon, too.) Phenylethylamine aside, there’s plenty to love—or make you feel like you’re in love. Chocolate is luscious (making you want to lap it up), sexy (you never heard of a movie called “Like Water for Vanilla,” have you?), and has a long history of mystical powers (it was drunk by the gallon by ancient Aztecs—and they didn’t do too badly).

But if you want to rack up some brownie points, (oh, god, did I really write that?) this VD forget Godiva, pass up Lindt, and snub Teuscher. Instead make your own love bites. Like this chocolate nougat. Full confession: they’re not exactly a 30-minute masterpiece (in fact, it’s taken us hours and hours to simplify the recipe for you), but think about it: How much more grateful (read: compliant) will your enamorado/a be when you whip out a box of homey, handmade, not-Martha-perfect-but-perfectly-divine chocolates? If proving your love doesn’t include tempering chocolate, try one of the recipes below. Everything from simple breakfast waffles to easy-to-make chocolate soufflés. If these don’t melt your true love’s heart, well, there’s always eHarmony.com

Double Chocolate Souffles
French Chocolate Macaroons
Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies
Molten Chocolate Cake
Dark Chocolate Waffles
Chocolate Bliss Layer Cake
Bittersweet Citrus Tart
Caramels
Kahlúa Truffle Triangles
Chocolate Pecan Caramel Torte
Chocolate Fondue
Cappuccino Cheesecake