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Spread the love with something sweet this Valentine’s Day. Nothing shows how much you care quite like the time and attention you put into a homemade chocolate dessert. These Valentine recipes using HERSHEY’S Chocolate are perfect for surprising friends or topping off a special Valentine’s dinner with that special someone.

Chocolate desserts are the way to the heart.

The best thing about Valentine’s Day? It’s the closest thing we have to a holiday that’s all about chocolate. Besides National Chocolate Day, that is. It’s also a chance to make special memories with those you love. This year, surprise your Valentine with one of these homemade dessert recipes. Or make it a family day and bond over some baking. Because the best way to the heart is through the sweet tooth — at least that’s what we like to think! Here are a few of our most beloved Valentine’s recipes:

1. Sweetheart Chocolate Cupcakes

Sweetheart Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake + pink vanilla frosting = the perfect cupcakes to share with all of your Valentines. Melted baking chips in a squeeze bottle or piping bag become the handmade chocolate hearts on top. Draw them freehand, or trace them from a page of heart shapes placed under the wax paper.


2. Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

Inspired by the indulgence of chocolate-covered strawberries, this Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake is a lesson in temptation. And you can make it with HERSHEY’S Strawberry Syrup! Cover it in chocolate royal glaze for an easy upgrade from the usual cake frosting.


3. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Become a chocolatier for a day with this simple yet elegant recipe. The perfect balance of rich and brightly sweet, chocolate-covered strawberries are sure to win anyone’s heart. And you can make them with any HERSHEY’S Chocolate you have at home … even a chocolate bar! Use them to top your Chocolate Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake for an expert touch.


4. European Mocha Fudge Cake

European Mocha Fudge Cake

Your mocha-loving Valentine will feel so special when you serve them this cake. Layers of dense fudge cake and creamy coffee filling make for one dazzlingly decadent dessert. Top it all off with chocolate curls and chocolate-covered strawberries. Voila!


5. HERSHEY’S HUGS & KISSES Valentine’s Cake

HERSHEY’S HUGS & KISSES Valentine’s Cake

Share your sweet side with this completely adorable heart-shaped cake. HERSHEY’S HUGS Candies decorate the top and HERSHEY’S KISSES Candies line the edge. Whipped cream frosting is a dreamy alternative to buttercream, lending this cake the nostalgic taste of a grocery store cupcake. Just like the ones you used to hand out in class!


6. Valentine Chocolate Cookie Pops

Valentine Chocolate Cookie Pops

The kids will love helping you surprise Mom or Dad with these chocolate cookie pops! A HERSHEY’S Cocoa cookie is served up in an extra-special way, then decorated with pink and white frosting to share a Valentine’s Day message. And, unlike cake pops, the popsicle sticks bake right in — so there’s no fuss about trying to make them stay attached.


Bake something special with Hershey

Baking is a way to show you care and turn even ordinary days into a celebration. These chocolate Valentine desserts take that message to heart. Maybe you’re looking for a Valentine’s-themed activity to do with the kids. Or maybe you’re planning a day full of surprises ending in the best gift of all: Dessert! Whether you’re baking for friends, family or a Valentine, make it special with Hershey.

For more heartwarming ideas, explore our complete collection of recipes.