My husband has a sweet tooth. He grew up with homemade desserts at the end of every meal. Scrumptious pies and cakes, cookies, puddings, crumbles — You name it and my mother-in-law made it from scratch! Truth be told, I won my husband over with my decadent cheesecakes and baked goods, but I’m not a fan of overly sweet sweets! This said, I do bake and make sweets on special occasions like birthdays, dinner parties, Christmas and of course, Valentine’s Day. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day with out Valentine sweets!
Since Little One isn’t much of a sweets person and Hubby is, I was trying to figure out what Valentine sweets to make that would please them both. I remembered that though my kid seems to have an aversion to anything super sweet, she seems to really like whipped cream!
3 Valentine Sweets that call for Gay Lea whipped cream
Chocolate Valentine’s Pudding
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 1/2 c baking cocoa
- 1/4 c cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 c milk
- My mother-in-law says “butter the size of an egg”. I use about 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla (I use my homemade vanilla)
- Gay Lea Whipped Cream to garnish just at the end
- Strawberries to garnish
- Combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan.
- Add milk gradually. Bring to a boil over med heat.
- Boil and stir for 2 about minutes. Let it thicken.
- Remove from the heat and then stir in the butter and vanilla.
- Spoon into individual serving dishes. You can chill until serving and then add the whipped cream on top of each serving. Garnish with sliced strawberries. We like eating our chocolate pudding while it’s still warm!
I don’t bake cakes often especially since A) our waistlines don’t need them and B) Little One doesn’t even like cake. She likes the idea of cake, but not actually eating them. She’d prefer an apple over a slice of cake! She will not turn down ice cream though! For this reason, I’ve come up with a few ice cream cake recipes. Here’s one:
Valentine Ice Cream Cake
Option A: My Strawberry Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream Cake recipe
- 2 pints strawberry ice cream
- 1 pint coconut vanilla ice cream
- shortbread crust, baked and cooled (homemade or bought)
- strawberries to garnish
- Gay Lea whipped cream to garnish
- Line an 9×11 inch baking dish with parchment paper
- Add layer of shortbread crust to dish
- Add a layer of strawberry ice cream, then a layer of coconut vanilla ice cream, and another layer of strawberry ice cream. You can freeze ice cream for 30 min in between adding layers, but it’s not necessary
- Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 4 hrs
- Remove from dish & decorate with Gay Lea whipped cream and strawberries
My 5 year old decorated this ice cream cake
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa
- 3/4 c granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 c boiling water
- 4 c milk
- Torani Syrup’s Salted Caramel
- Gay Lea whipped cream
- Combine the cocoa & sugar in a saucepan. Slowly add in the boiling water & blend.
- Bring cocoa & sugar mixture to an easy boil, stirring all the while.
- Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch while stirring to make sure that it doesn’t scorch.
- Stir in 4 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Divide hot chocolate between 4 mugs. To each mug of hot chocolate, add 2 squirts of Torani’s Salted Caramel syrup (that’s if you have the dispenser. If not, then a bout 1 tsp to each mug). Stir. Add the whipped cream to the hot chocolate and enjoy!
There you go! 3 different Valentine sweets for your sweethearts!
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