Heart-Shaped Foods That Will Delight Everyone on Valentine’s Day


It’s the season of love — a.k.a, Valentine’s Day. And you know what that means: it’s time to pull out all the stops when it comes to wowing the ones you adore. Of course, there are tons of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For some, the holiday is all about cooking up a delicious dinner for two, while for others, the main objective is getting the girls together for a Galentine’s Day gathering (virtually, of course!). But no matter how you’re celebrating, your festivities could always benefit from the addition of a few heart-shaped foods.

Sure, serving a plate full of heart-shaped pancakes is a great way to get kids into the holiday spirit. But revelers of all ages enjoy funky foods too — and the opportunities for heart-shaped treats are endless. You could make something savory — like a pretzel, pizza, or egg sandwich — or something sweet — like a waffle, cinnamon roll, or brownie. And here’s the best part: for most of these recipes, you don’t need any special supplies like novelty cake pans or cookie cutters. No matter what you’re looking to cook up, we’ve got you covered with the best heart-shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Many of them even make incredible homemade Valentine’s Day gifts for loved ones.

1. Chick-fil-A Heart-Shaped Trays of Goodies

Home of the fan-favorite crispy chicken sandwich and salty waffle fries, Chick-fil-A, is one of the many celebrating this Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to surprise your special someone or pick up a self-love treat of your own, the chicken chain is (once again) offering Heart-Shaped Trays filled with select menu items of both sweet and savory.

The options to choose from are: 30-count Chick-fil-A Nuggets, 10-count Chick-n-Minis, 6-count Chocolate Chunk Cookies, or 12-count Chocolate Fudge Brownie halves. This Chick-fil-A V-Day special is only available for a limited time until Feb. 25 (or while supplies last) and can either be ordered at participating stores or on the chain’s mobile app.

2. Dunkin’ Heart Donuts

What’s sweeter than donuts from Dunkin’? Beautifully decorated, heart-shaped donuts from Dunkin‘, that’s what. For starters, there’s the Cupid’s Choice Donut, which comes with Bavarian Kreme filling and gets topped with strawberry icing and festive red and pink sprinkles. As for the other crowd-pleaser in the mix, the Brownie Batter Donut is made with a smooth and chocolatey, brownie batter buttercream and layered with chocolate icing and Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

The coffee chain didn’t just dedicate two donuts to the lover’s holiday, in fact, participating locations will also be carrying donut-flavored chocolates (that come in a heart-shaped box) and iced coffee-flavored jelly bean hearts. Dunkin’s version of a box of chocolates comes with a mixture of the chain’s staple flavors, such as Boston Kreme, Brownie Batter, and Chocolate Creme. And if you’re a big Dunkin’ iced coffee fan, try the new flavored jelly hearts in Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Caramel Latte, Toasted Coconut, or Butter Pecan.

3. Papa Johns Heart-Shaped Pizza

If instead of a sugary dessert, you look forward to a mouthwatering main dish on Valentine’s Day, then Papa Johns says you’re in luck. You can get a heart-shaped thin-crust pizza with one topping of your choice (or more if you pay the price) from the pizza joint from Feb. 6-14 for just $11.99. While the pizza does come unsliced, this gives you the chance to cut up however big of a cheesy piece of pizza pie to share with your sweetheart.

4. Hardee’s Heart Biscuits

Give your heart to whom you wish, via a few soft, warm biscuits from Hardees. Each biscuit is made from scratch, with a combination of crumbly, tart, and tangy flavors.

After getting baked to perfection, Hardee’s Heart Shaped Biscuits get stuffed with a new cherry, jam-like filling and drizzled with sweet icing. You can pick up these festive homemade biscuits from Feb. 11 -14 at participating Hardee’s restaurants during the regular breakfast hours either individually for $2.99 or as part of a combo for $4.99.

5. Starbucks’ Special V-Day Pink Drink

Love and the color pink are in the air at Starbucks this V-Day. Normally the Pink Drink is a permanent sip on the menu, but in honor of the holiday, Starbucks is launching a special twist to the popular drink. Similar to enjoying chocolate-covered strawberries, customers can order a Pink Drink with Chocolate Cream Cold Foam—taking the brand’s creamy coconut milk Strawberry Açaí Refresher and topping it with a chocolate cold foam—to get the same taste palate.

America’s coffee chain has also brought back the delectable Red Velvet Loaf as part of the seasonal winter menu, combining swirled with red velvet cake and a rich slab of white chocolaty icing.

The Valentine’s Day-inspired beverage will only be available at participating Starbucks locations from Feb. 6 – 14, you can ask the in-store barista to mix it up for you or order one using the chain’s app.

6. Buca di Beppo Heart-Shaped Lasagna

To some, it’s questionable whether or not it’s worth going out to eat on Valentine’s Day, but one dish at Buca di Beppo may be just the thing to change your mind. Three words: Heart-Shaped Lasagna. Flawlessly made to serve two, the pasta dish towers with layers of meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone & Parmesan.

The deliciousness doesn’t just stop there. Buca di Beppo has put together a Lasagna Lovefeast, available on Feb. 14 only, including a four-course menu of garlic bread, salad, lasagna, and cannolis for $59.99 (prices may vary by location). Show your loved one, your better half, (or yourself for round 2 on Feb. 15) what your love is really made from—pasta!

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