My parents have always told me that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomachs. While, anatomically, this may not be true, romantically, it certainly is. Having a meal with someone you love is a big deal – and what you eat together may be an even bigger one.
On a date, do you order the garlic-parmesan spaghetti? A rack of ribs? Certain foods scream “Kiss me,” while others say, “Do you want a mint?”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some foods that set the mood for a romantic date (no mints required).
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
OK, let’s be honest: we saw this one coming. But, a Valentine’s Day without a chocolate-covered strawberry is a Valentine’s Day I don’t want to be a part of. The tart, refreshing taste of the succulent strawberry mixed with the sweet, hardened coating is a simple and classic staple of this romantic day. This is also something that can be made at home, which means your romantic night doesn’t end simply because you’ve left the restaurant.
- Grapefruit Mojito
This simple, delicious cocktail is one that’s sure to leave everyone’s lips puckered (for a kiss). One can’t simply not be impressed by their person of interest making a dazzling drink for them to enjoy. A combination of grapefruit juice, club soda, white rum, mint, lime juice and simple syrup is all that’s needed. And, if this is a first date, it may help loosen up those first-date nerves.
- Raspberry Chocolate Cake
There are countless recipes for this delectable dessert, and it’s easy to see why. Dark, rich, velvety chocolate cake is balanced out by the ruby red, soft raspberry. Also, it’s fitting that raspberry is on this list because it is one of the most nutritional fruits out there; one serving alone provides nearly 50% of your body’s daily intake of vitamin C, according to Health. They also provide the body with tons of antioxidants, which are a vital part of fighting off heart disease. Nothing says, “I love you,” more than helping your loved one keep their hearts healthy. (Then again, this is about chocolate cake, so…).
- Your Date’s Favorite Meal
At the end of the day, a Valentine is someone you care for. Show them that you care by surprising them with their favorite meal. Whether it’s pancakes in bed, lobster at a restaurant or a Big Mac from McDonald’s; if you put thought and heart into it, they’ll feel loved.