Chocolate and strawberry are the flavors of Valentine’s Day 2023

Valentine's Day 2022, See's Candies offerings, photo provided by Cristine Struble
Valentine's Day 2022, See's Candies offerings, photo provided by Cristine Struble /

While love might be in the air, the gift bag is far from empty. With estimates saying that consumers spend $1.8 billion on candy for Valentine’s Day 2023, store shelves are a bounty of options to entice that purchase. Although some people will always purchase that Reese’s heart or prefer aa box of See’s Candies Peanut Brittle, the reality is that food trends often influence new offerings on the shelf. This year, chocolate and strawberry seems to be the flavor of the moment.

The idea of chocolate and strawberry is not necessarily a new one. Who hasn’t enjoyed some chocolate covered strawberries with a special someone. Although that dessert is a classic flavor combination, it is not necessarily the most convenient option.

Valentine's Day 2022, See's Candies offerings
Valentine’s Day 2022, See’s Candies offerings, photo provided by Cristine Struble /

This year, it seems that the flavor combination is the food trend for Valentine’s Day 2023. Hershey’s launched its Chocolate Covered Strawberry Kisses. The flavor captures the dessert, but all that it requires is simply unwrapping.

Plus, that candy can bring the chocolate strawberry flavor to other desserts. From topping a cupcake to adding a strawberry boost to a molten chocolate cake, the options are many.

Lindt is another brand that captures the chocolate and strawberry flavor combination. The Lindt strawberries and cream white chocolate truffles have a delightful sweet, fruity flavor. The outside chocolate and strawberries give way to a creamy center. It is a lovely, tiny bite that satisfies in a big way.

For a more robust chocolate and strawberry flavor, See’s Candies Strawberry Truffles. The 6-count heart shaped truffles have a strawberry cream center and a white chocolate coating. They are just the right size to feel indulgent but not too big to be too much.

And, for people who really want a juicy strawberry, not just the flavor, remember fondue always makes a great Valentine’s Day treat. The Wilton Fondue Set is the perfect size for sharing with someone special.

Whether it is Valentine’s Day or just the love chocolate and strawberry, the flavor is waiting to be enjoyed. Just stock up on a few purchases before the offerings fade from view.