Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gift Guide: Best Valentine's Day Candy

Hope y'all are all staying warm during the snowstorm that has been traveling up the east coast!  Valentine's Day is upon us and there is still time to pick up a sweet treat for your Valentine (if you aren't buried in snow!).  I would prefer to get a few pieces of really high end candy than deal with piles of cheap candy, which is not really worth the calories (I'm looking at you Hershey's Kisses).

Godiva is always a good choice...if you are buying one of the pre-packaged boxes and don't feel like waiting in line at the store, check out department stores like Macy's and Lord and Taylor, which usually have a display of boxed candy somewhere in the store.  If you live in the D.C. area, head over to Artisan Confections in Arlington or Merrifield.  I've blogged about them before, but they are simply the best chocolate in D.C.!

Valentine's Day Truffle Flight
Image Source: Godiva

Just because I would prefer fancy pants dark chocolate doesn't mean I can't appreciate some drug store treats!  If you don't have an easily accessible chocolate shop, you can't go wrong with Lindt Truffles which are available at any grocery store, drug store, Target, or Walmart.

Lindt Valentine's Truffles
$15.60 for 60 Truffles
Image Source: Amazon

Aren't these heart shaped Junior Mints adorable (and yummy!)?  I've spotted them at Target before.
Heart Shaped Junior Mints
Image Source: Paper Source

My other favorite drugstore candy for Valentine's Day include Red Hots, SweeTart Hearts, Nerds, heart-shaped York Peppermint Patties, and Cherry Sours.  I also love the Jolly Rancher heart shaped lollipops (A great sweet treat that helps me portion control.  I've found it's really difficult to fall off the diet bandwagon with only lollipops to tempt you.).  Did I miss any yummy treats?  Let me know!

Posh Purpose Bonus Tip: If you have a wedding in March, April, or May and are using pink, red, or white as your colors, consider stocking up on Valentine's candy when it goes on sale over the weekend.  Stay away from anything that has Valentine's Day wrapping on it, but candy like jelly beans, gummies, or other hard candies would be a great way to save some pennies and stock your candy bar, favors, or welcome bags.  For large bags of candy that aren't individually wrapped, put them in clear containers on your candy bar or divvy them up into cellophane bags.  Check the expiration dates on the packaging before you buy it, but most of these types of candies are good for 6 months (disturbing, I know!).