We Tried This Year's Newest Valentine's Day Candy
We’re getting closer to Valentine’s Day—that chocolate-covered, heart-shaped holiday that you always gripe was invented by Hallmark (when you’re single, at least). Whether you’re single, madly in love, or throwing around the idea of cutting off all personal relationships and backpacking around Europe for three months, there is one thing about Valentine’s Day that appeals to everyone: the candy.
This year, candy companies are launching some seriously mouth-watering treats that serve as a good reminder that even if you don’t love a person, you’ll always love sweets. There are strawberry-flavored Peeps, white chocolate “cupcake” Hershey’s Kisses, and a very festive bag of red and pink Skittles. Yes, you should try them all, but wouldn’t you like to know which candies are must-haves before you stock up on all the Valentine’s Day goodies you can eat while watching romantic comedies? Don’t worry, we did all the heavy lifting for you (and by that I mean, we ate all the candy). Here is the Food & Wine staff’s ranking of this year’s Valentine’s Day candy.
1. Dove Milk Chocolate & Caramel Love Notes
Our staff called these classic chocolates both “mighty tasty” and “melt-in-your-mouth perfection.”
Dove Valentine's Love Notes, $4 at target.com
2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Love Bugs
Sure, these chocolates stick to a tried-and-true Reese’s formula, peanut butter covered in milk chocolate, but the “love bug” packaging adds an adorable twist to a candy we’d probably eat regardless of the season.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Love Bugs, $3 at target.com
3. Skittles Love Mix
These Valentine's Day-themed Skittles come in several new flavors, as well as some old favorites: white grape, watermelon, cherry, strawberry and the very mysteriously named “yumberry”. Asked to describe just how much she loved the new Skittles, one of our editors said, “They are life.” If that doesn’t recommend them, I don’t know what will.
Skittles Love Valentine's Mix, $3 attarget.com
4. Godiva Cake and Cookie Inspired Chocolates
It’s not truly Valentine’s Day unless you’re eating a box of chocolates. Godiva has a new one this year; each flavor was inspired by different cakes and cookies. One staffer said that the chocolates taste like “rich truffle.”
Godiva Valentine's Cookie and Cake Gift Box, $15 at target.com
5. Hershey’s Cupcake Kisses
This white chocolate take on traditional Hershey’s Kisses has a satisfying crunch from its pink cookie filling. The consensus in our office, however, is that they taste like canned buttercream frosting—which on second thought might actually be a good thing.
Hershey’s Kisses White Cookie Cupcake Candies, $3 at target.com
6. Ghirardelli Valentine’s White Chocolate Crème Brulee
These Ghirardelli squares are sprinkled with bits of toffee—a nice compliment to the chocolate, but like so much Valentine’s Day candy, they are quite sweet.
Ghirardelli Valentine's Crème Brulee Squares Bag, $4 at target.com
7. Peeps Delights Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge
Confession: I love the way Peeps are packaged. Those neon colors and sparkling sugar in the little rectangle package is irresistible to me; I always end up eating more than I mean to. The new Peeps Delights flavor had a similar effect on my taste buds—I ripped the package open, took a bite out of one and was greeted by a flavor similar to the densest, sweetest strawberry shortcake I could imagine. Reserved for those only with a powerful sweet tooth.
Peeps Delights Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Crème Flavored Fudge, $3 count at peepsandcompany.com