Valentine’s Day is just about upon us, and what better way to celebrate the event than with some special theme dates? Even though many restaurants and hotels will try to convince you that the only way to have a truly romantic Valentine’s Day is by celebrating in a commercial venue, you can take on the role of Cupid yourself and create an even more unique experience by using your own creativity and a little passion! Just because these Date Night Ideas – A Date with Decadence, Your Sweetheart’s Spa and Mocha and Me! — are presented in a Valentine’s Day format, these romantic evenings can be utilized throughout the year, whenever you want an extra special date night! Each of them is unique and each will help you make a fantastic evening with your significant other that will create a lasting memory. So draw back you bow, and let your Cupid’s arrow soar right to your lover’s heart!
A Date with Decadence
This special evening speaks of excess in every capacity! Start the romantic date night with a luscious chocolate fondue created from the following recipe.
Decadent Chocolate Fondue
- In the top of a double boiler, mix 12 ounces of milk chocolate with ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
- Melt chocolate and cream, over boiling water, stirring until smooth.
- Serve with dippers such as:
- Apple wedges soaked in pineapple juice to prevent browning
- Sliced bananas in one inch chunks
- Cubes of pound cake, angel food cake, or cheesecake
- Marshmallows (may be toasted first over an open flame)
- Strawberries (large enough to dip)
- Maraschino cherries (ideally with stems)
- Mandarin orange segments
Don’t languish if you don’t own a fondue pot or chocolate fountain. This recipe is effectively made on the stovetop and kept warm in a crockpot or on a third burner. Use your prettiest china or crystal to serve this dessert to your loved one. Add some beautiful linen napkins to finish the luxurious and elegant effect of your presentation and then open a bottle of chilled wine. A favorite wine that’s very appropriate with the rest of the evening is a sweet but refreshing wine, such as an Eiswein.
Then, simply enjoy your special date, indulge in the decadence of the night and let the sparks fly! Of course, it would help to stage this evening in front of a crackling fire and to have your favorite type of romantic music – cool jazz, light classics, soft ballads or sexy soul — playing softly on the stereo.