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Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Drinks From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

As evidence by the number of sold-out items that were on our grocery list, the majority of you couples are staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day. So we decided to have more Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes for you to create at home. We hope you’ve enjoyed our previous Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails. We know you’ll enjoy these two sensual drink recipes by Ron Abuelo 7 Años, a delicious blend of rums with a weighted age of seven years.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

These delicious rum cocktails were created by Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador, Cristóbal Srokowski. There’s just something sensual about rum cocktails that make them perfect for Valentine’s Day cocktails. It may be the rich and darkness of the sugarcane molasses or its Caribbean history, islands that inspire escapism or hedonism. That’s what these two Ron Abuelo 7 Años bring to mind and we know you’ll enjoy them very much.

El Versalles

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
¾ oz. Fresh raspberries purée
¾ oz. Fresh passion fruit purée
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Simple syrup
Champagne flute
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a Champagne flute. Top off with chilled Champagne or dry sparkling wine and gently stir. Garnish with a raspberry.

Panama Dreaming

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 ½ oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
6 Fresh Raspberries
¾ oz. Honey syrup
¾ oz. Tamarind concentrate
1 oz Fresh lime juice
Muddle the raspberries inside the shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Simple strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, mint spring, and fresh raspberries.

About Ron Abuelo 7 Años ($24.99):

A reddish amber colored Reserva Superior. Matured in small oak casks, the Abuelo 7 Años is a versatile selection for sipping, mixing, and with food pairings. Rounded and balanced with aromas of dates, raisins, and vanilla. In the mouth, there is light minerality with notes of fig, cinnamon, and dried fruit.

Ron Abuelo is produced by Varela Hermanos, a third-generation family-owned company that dates back to 1908 when Don José Varela established the first sugar mill in the town of Pesé in the recently formed Republic of Panama. The rums of Ron Abuelo are made at Hacienda San Isidro in Pesé (a small valley in the Azuero Peninsula).

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Family & Friends

iOttie: Best Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

As we stated in our gourmet foodie Valentine’s Day gift feature, one cannot live for chocolates alone. So today, we present some non-chocolate, non-flowers, and non-perfume gifts. Everyone loves the gifts of tech devices, and with these offerings from iOttie, you can’t go wrong. These gifts prove that necessities can also be gifts of love, whether they’re for a Galentine or Valentine.

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Family & Friends

What better way to say I love you than to keep your loved ones safe and connected; whether they’re on the road or at home. With the above iOttie car mounts and wireless chargers for auto and home, you’ll feel secure knowing they’re in great hands. Please at their wonderfully affordable prices, you won’t have to worry about your budget. Let’s get to know more about iOttie’s newest Aivo Connect with Alexa Built-In and iON Wireless Duo Charging Stand + Pad and their other amazing giftable tech products.

Aivo Connect with Alexa Built-In

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

The iOttie Aivo Connect is the first multi-solution mounting system to include Alexa built-in, 10W wireless fast-charging, and Auto Sense Mounting technology. It’s hands-free Alexa in Your Car. It provides ease, convenience, and ultimately a safer driving experience. Access thousands of Alexa skills from the comfort and convenience of your car. Its voice-activated commands allow you to safely check the weather, find directions, make a call, etc., all from the road.

iON Wireless Duo Charging Stand + Pad

iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends

The iOttie iON Wireless Duo-Fast Charging Stand + Pad Qi-Certified Charger features a modern, unobtrusive design that complements any living space. It smartly integrates two charging stations with a stand + pad combo. Thia allows wirelessly fast charging for Qi-enabled smartphones and accessories like smartwatches and headphones. The fabric-wrapped, upright charging stand adds a touch of luxury and a rubberized charging pad ensures your Qi-enabled accessories don’t slip while charging.

Easy One Touch Wireless 2 Lifestyle iOttie: Best Galentine's and Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Family & Friends Easy One Touch Connect

In addition to offering these must-have tech devices, iOttie is offering some amazing deals on Amazon. It’s the perfect time to save on Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy 20% off iOttie’s signature products including the Auto SenseEasy One Touch 5Easy One Touch Wireless 2Easy One Touch Connect Pro.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine’s Day

The day of celebrating love is almost upon us. Some of you may still be looking for the perfect gift. If you’re one of these last-minute gift shoppers looking for the perfect gift for her, consider the bright, fresh, and fruity-floral Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum. The wonderful thing about this fragrance, aside from its enchanting scent, is its affordability. She’ll love its lovely scent and it won’t break your bank account. This captivating Eau de parfum is pleasing enough to wear all day and elegant enough to wear all night. It’s wonderful enough to get attention but not at all brash to where it’s overpowering.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

This luxurious scent is fresh and delicately fruity. It boasts floral notes blooming gently in the background, perfect for an effortlessly chic loved one. The fragrance is a blend of fresh notes of lemon, mandarin orange, freesia, and a touch of sweet autumn pear. The floral heart of the fragrance is a beautiful balance of jasmine, peony, lily, and rose, with a creamy hint of a summer peach. Underneath is a strong base comprised of sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk. This combination of fragrance notes creates a perfectly balanced and harmonious scent, bottled in a glass vessel as elegant as your Valentine.

Fragrance of Love: Give Elle L'edition Eau de Parfum This Valentine's Day

The Elle L’edition bottle encapsulates the stylishly free-spirited attitude of the contemporary woman. With its daring modern silhouette, simple but feminine design, and color palette, it perfectly captures the Elle brand attitude.

The Elle L’edition Eau de Parfum has already commanded widespread loyalty in Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, Ireland, and Spain. Sure to turn heads, Elle L’edition electrifies emotions and leaves a lasting impression — just like the woman who wears it. She’s fearlessly feminine, full of life, and lives in the moment.

At only $29.00 for a 30ml/1.7 oz bottle, Elle’s L’edition Eau de Parfum is an affordable, accessible luxury available exclusively at Walgreens.

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here’s to Celebrating Love

If there’s one thing we all probably have in our homes during these stressful times, it is alcohol. So creating delicious Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails will be easy. If you are the few who are dry or running low on spirits, thank goodness for delivery. Today we’re sharing several delectable Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails that are sure to please. Whether you’re in love, single and looking, or celebrating with friends, or are vehemently anti-Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered.

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

Today we’re sharing delicious Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails from some four favorite spirit brands. You’ll love these recipes from the new Crystal Head Onyx Vodka, Los Arango Tequila, Seagram’s Vodka, Tanteo Tequila, Corralejo Tequila, and Vamonos Riendo Mezcal.

Heartbreaker’s Rosé

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
Muddled 6 Raspberries + 4-5 Mint Leaves
Top with Sparkling Rose
Muddle ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake on ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with Rose sparkling wine, and garnish with mint.

Love Stinks!

Crystal Head Onyx Love Stinks! Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head Onyx
½ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Hibiscus Tea
Steep hibiscus tea for five minutes or as directed. Set aside and let it cool for a few minutes. Once the tea is cooled, build ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake on ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass

Los Arango (Dozen) Roses

Los Arango Tequila (Dozen) Roses Cocktail

2 ounces Los Arango Añejo
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave syrup
½ ounce grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish & Enjoy!

Los Arango La Reina

Los Arango Tequila La Reina Cocktail

11⁄2 oz. Los Arango Blanco Tequila
4 Dashes Pink Peppercorn Tincture
1⁄4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Drops Rose Water
3⁄4 oz. Dry Rosé
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Rim a Nick n Nora glass with cracked pink/black peppercorn salt. Hawthorne and fine strain the cocktail into your prepped glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and salt cracked pink and peppercorn rim.

Bucha Berry in Love

Seagram’s Berry In Love Mimosa

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
top with kombucha (I used strawberry lemonade kombucha)
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Passionate Souls Paloma

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1 1⁄2 oz. Corralejo Reposado
1⁄4 oz. Simple Syrup
3⁄4 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Passion Fruit Pureé
5 Dashes Cayenne Tincture
3 Drops Angostura Bitters
Top with Grapefruit Soda or Grapefruit Beer
Rim with Tajín
Rocks Ice
Combine all ingredients except for grapefruit beer into a cocktail shaker, shake thoroughly. Rim the Collins glass with Tajín, then add fresh rocks ice. Hawthorne and fine strain the cocktail over rocks in the glass, then top off the cocktail with grapefruit soda or grapefruit beer. Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel and a torched grapefruit half-moon.

Strawberry Kisses
by Cari Hah, LA Bartender

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

1.25 oz Vamonos Riendo Mezcal
0.5 oz Green Chartreuse
0.25 oz Small Hands Orgeat
0.5 oz Aperol
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2-3 Fresh Strawberries (plus one half for garnish)
Rim your glass with sour sugar (combine granulated sugar with citric acid powder and stir well) then muddle strawberries in a tin, add ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a sour, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with half a strawberry.

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Love Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Love Margarita

13/4 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
1/4 oz. Mezcal
3/4 oz. Red Pepper Purée
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Light Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled. Rocks Glass (smoky salt rim optional). Garnish with a red pepper wedge.

Seagram’s Berry In Love Mimosa

Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Cocktails: Here's to Celebrating Love

2 ounces of Seagram’s Pineapple Vodka
½ ounce of strawberry syrup
½ ounce in lemon juice
top with champagne
Garnish with strawberry and citrus peel
Add everything to a shaker except the champagne. Shake then strain into a champagne glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a strawberry and citrus peel.

With these Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails, we’re sure you’ll enjoy celebrating love and all it gives. We’d love to know which of these mouth-watering Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails you’ll be enjoying.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Giving chocolates is all fine for Valentine’s Day but sometimes we need a bit more. One can’t live by chocolate alone. We want cookies, brownies, popcorn, and other delicious treats. This is why we’re here to sing the praises of giving the gift of gourmet food gifts like these ones from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Everyone loves food, especially if it comes wrapped up in a lovely gift basket. Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and Gourmet Gift Baskets’ Valentine’s Day collection is a great way to show loved ones how much you care. They have some great 2021 gift options that your Valentine or Galentine will devour.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets has gourmet Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day gifts for everyone, whether they love sweet or salty snacks. There are options to entice any foodie with particular favorites or a snack lover who loves it all. Why not give the gifts of cookies, chocolate, and popcorn? Or chocolate-covered strawberries? Gourmet Gift Baskets even offers gifts for the beer, wine, and champagne lover. Keep reading to get to know these delicious 2021 gourmet foodie gifts below:

From the Heart Gift Tower, $49.99

From the Heart Gift Tower

These heart-themed gift tower boxes overflow with caramel popcorn, chocolate covered Oreos, toffee and chocolate cracker cookies, and more! This sweet gift is perfect for your sweetheart and is a great way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day. The tower contains the following:

  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Foiled Chocolate Covered Oreos by Williams & Bennett
  • Milk Chocolate Truffles by Lindt – 0.8 oz.
  • The O.G. Toffee, Chocolate, Cookie Combo by Legally Addictive
  • Caramel Popcorn

Sweet Chocolate Surprises Gift Tower, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Want a sleek, sweet, and SALTY gift for someone you love? Then check out this elegant gift tower. Your recipient’s snack cravings will be satisfied when they discover chocolate sea salt caramels, chocolate-covered nuts and cherries, cookie bites, Belgian chocolates, and more in each of the three-box layers. This gift tower contains:

  • Caramel filled Milk Chocolate Squares by Ghirardelli
  • Dark Chocolate Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews by Marich
  • Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels by Morley Sanders
  • Belgian Chocolates by Annalie’s Chocolates
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries by Sconza
  • Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites by Sconza

Teddy Bear & Chocolates Gift Basket, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

What’s the best way to let someone know you care? With red velvet and chocolate, of course! This sweet gift basket is packed with red velvet cookies that taste just like a red velvet cake, decadent chocolate, and chocolate wafer rolls. Top it off with cube cookies and a soft and cuddly teddy bear and you’re sure to make the object of your affection feel great. Giving this gift means they’ll enjoy:

  • A Plush Bear
  • Red Velvet Cookies by Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory
  • Valentine’s Chocolate Presents by Madelaine Chocolates
  • Strawberry Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet
  • Heart Crispy Treat by Selma’s Cookie Company
  • Chocolate Cubetti by Fusion Gourmet

Valentine’s Day Baked Goods Gift Box, $29.99

Valentine's Day Baked Goods Gift Box

Gourmet Gift Baskets has taken the tastiest, freshest cookies they could find, fudge brownie and chocolate chip, and packed them in a very attractive red, pink, and white XO-themed gift box. Then they added a heart-shaped, drizzled chocolate crispy treat. This is the perfect gift for your sweetheart or anyone else who could use a little added sweetness for Valentine’s Day. Your love or bestie will enjoy the following:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – (2) 2 pack
  • Fudge Brownie Cookies – (3) 2 pack
  • Heart-Shaped Drizzled Crispy Treat

All baked goods in this gift box are Kosher OU-D certified except for the crispy treat.

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin, $39.99 – $59.99

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin

Love is in the air and what’s better for celebrating than gourmet popcorn?! Our Valentine’s Day 2-gallon popcorn tin has three of our best and most beloved flavors including Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup, while our one-gallon tin includes white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s® & waffle shaped pretzels. All packaged in a heart patterned Valentine’s Day themed tin. This popcorn gift is just the thing for a sweetheart that loves to snack! One tin design contains two different sizes and flavor combinations and is as follows:

  • Gallon – Tin w/handle & cover – Cupid’s Crunch: Luxurious white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s and waffle shaped pretzels.
  • Gallon – Tin w/cover – Chocolate Dreams Trio: Includes Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup popcorn flavors.

Valentine’s Day Wine Duo, $99.99

Valentine's Day Wine Duo

When one bottle of wine just won’t do, your sweetheart will fall head over heels for our Valentine’s Day Wine Duo! Nestled side by side in our new water hyacinth basket is a bottle each of Pinot Noir and Rosé wines*. Accompanying these incredible wine selections is our house-made cinnamon & brown sugar kettle corn and a selection of Valentine’s day candies. This perfect for two gift basket contains:

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettlecorn
  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Pinot Noir by I Am Wines
  • Rosé All Day

*Wine glasses not included.

We’d be happy to any of these Valentine’s Day gift baskets (okay, all of them) and we know you would too. We’d love to know which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets would you like to receive for Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day?

Sweet Love: Give the Gift of Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons

We’re almost to the end of January and you know what that means. It is go-time for Valentine’s Day preparations. While romantic dinner reservations at expensive restaurants are out, it doesn’t mean you can’t sweep your significant other off their feet with some culinary delights. Why not capture the heart of your love or best friend with the gift od delicious sweetness. We’ll be sharing a few favorites and today, we’re diving mouth first into some exquisite heart-shaped goodness, the Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons from Pastreez. For those who are not familiar, Pastreez is a California-based Macaron shop founded by the husband and wife team, Yami & Anthony, French Chefs from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Who knows french pastries better than French chefs! Naturally, it’s who we’d turn to for this iconic French dessert. We promise they are guaranteed to enchant the tastebuds of your love.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Known for their decadent macarons that are shipped fresh from their kitchen to your door, the Pastreez macarons will tantalize your palate. The Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons are the perfect gift for your Valentine or Galentine. *A reminder that February 13th is Galentine’s Day and the time to celebrate your friends. The heart-shaped, creme-filled treats come in four options – 48 regular macarons or a gift box of 20 macarons in Vanilla, Rose, and Strawberry; or 48 vegan macarons, or a vegan gift box of 20 in Coconut and Strawberry. All are gluten-free,  1.7″ in size, and under 50 calories each.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

We love that Pastreez will guarantee the freshness of your macarons when you place an order. All of their macarons (heart-shaped and classic round) are handmade in-house, in small batches upon receiving an order. The sweet treats are then placed into an insulated pouch, air cushions, and a sturdy carton; this ensures 100% freshness upon arrival at your door.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Since Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day are coming up quickly, we recommend you place your order now. To get your Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons by Feb. 14th, select Valentine’s reservation at checkout.

Valentine's Day Gifts: All Sets for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Gifts: All Set(s) for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

This gift set isWhen it comes to gift-giving on Valentine’s Day, it’s always best to give something personal. Nothing is more personal than the gift of fragrance, plus it’s a no-fail option Valentine’s Day gifts. For those special women in your life, we present the following must-have fragrances; these fragrances are sure to excite, and they come with bonuses. We’re sharing the best fragrance gift sets to give the love of your life or your best friend.

Valentine's Day Gifts: All Sets for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

This year, Viktor&Rolf and Valentino are making gifting fragrance even easier with their adorable Valentine’s Day sets featuring their iconic fragrances Flowerbomb, and Donna Born in Roma. Both of these Valentine’s Day gifts will ensure your special someone feels extra loved this year. Zodica captures the true essence of your loved one based on their zodiac traits and turns it into a fragrance as unique as they are, and the power of Jason Wu and Deborah Lippmann combine to bring you the ultimate gift set.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Valentine’s Day Box, $125.00 – this beautiful gift set contains a 50ml EDP, 50ml Shower Gel, a 40ml Body Cream, and a Flowerbomb Mini EDP.

Valentino Donna Born in Roma Valentine’s Day Set, $148.00 – this striking gift set contains a 100ml EDP and 30ml Body Cream. The fragrance is born in a trio of the world’s best-selected jasmine flower varieties, blended with vanilla bourbon. It’s also infused with the cool kick of a woody, animalistic overdose in an irreverent twist.

Zodica Perfumery 8ml Gift Set Twist & Spritz, $40.00 – this travel-size, handcrafted perfume is designed based on the zodiac signs and comes in an unbreakable container. They are all cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free. Our Scorpio fragrance features the following notes.: Oakmoss, Patchouli, Dark Musk, Apricot, Black Plum, Tuberose, Rose, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood. Made with Certified Organic Alcohol Derived from Grapes

Jason Wu x Deborah Lippmann Perfume & Polish Giftset, $25.00 – this Limited Edition collaboration is perfect for the beauty lover. This gift set is beautifully crafted from the inside out. The Eau de Parfum is constructed around one of perfumery’s most prized ingredients: the rare jasmine. Enhanced by an extravagant floral bouquet and sensual woods, the fragrance reflects Jason’s uncompromising passion and attention to detail.

Like we said, giving a fragrance gift set as Valentine’s Day gifts is no-fail. They are sure to love it!! Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these gift sets this V-Day?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

With 90% of Americans regularly treating themselves to a sweet, frozen dessert, it’s no wonder we go crazy for candy on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the old favorite, but there’s more variety than you might think when it comes to picking the perfect Valentine’s Day candy for your sweetheart.

For a long time, conversation hearts — those sweet candies with phrases like “be mine” and “xoxo” on them — won the battle of the sweets. But this year there’s a new top pick for Valentine’s Day candies. Here’s a breakdown of what’s sure to sell out when people are buying sweet treats for their sweethearts this year.

Which Candy Won Out?

For a long time, SweetHearts conversation hearts dominated the Valentine’s candy market. But they suffered a set back last year when they failed to appear on store shelves. That had a significant and lingering effect on conversation hearts.

In their place, treats like M&M’s are moving up. M&M’s claimed the number one spot in three states this year: Arizona, Kansas and New Jersey. That may be in part due to the drop off in conversation hearts. But M&M’s Cupid’s Mix and Cupid’s Message products also quickly became favorites since hitting the market.

Heart-Shaped Boxes Reigned in 2019 CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Of course, the old staples are still well represented. Things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Hershey kisses and chocolate roses placed in the top three for several states. Don’t count on these longtime favorites disappearing any time soon. Alongside M&M’s and conversation hearts, gift boxes, chocolate roses, and general chocolates appear as frequent contenders for each state’s favorite Valentine’s candy.

Here’s one you may not have considered: Cupid corn. Often associated with Halloween, candy corn is also making a push during Valentine’s Day. While candy corn, in general, is falling off as a favorite among consumers, there are some places, like Michigan, where the candy is still incredibly popular on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

Other Valentine’s Day Facts

Candy isn’t the only thing consumers are concerned about when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many are ready to throw down some serious money to make their loved one feel special for the holiday.

In fact, consumers are expected to spend $30.19 on family members this year, which is up from $29.87 last year. Friends will get about $14.69 (compared to $9.78 in 2019) and co-workers will see an average of $12.96 spent on their gifts (compared to $7.78 in 2019). Even pets are getting some love, with people expecting to spend an average of $12.21 on pets, up from $6.94 last year.

Overall, consumers are predicted to spend about $101 this year, which is up from $93.24 in 2019. That’s still down more than 60% compared to a decade ago.

And where will all that money go? A lot, $5.8 billion, is expected to be spent on jewelry, with another $.43 billion spent on a nice evening out with a significant other. Candy is predicted to account for $2.4 billion, with flowers close behind at $2.3 billion. Smaller amounts will be spent on things like gift cards, greeting cards and experiences.

Source: CandyStore.com.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, consider picking up the most-loved candy in their state (have fun with the interactive map directly above). After all, there’s a good chance they’ll also be a fan.