Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cha Cha Chocolate

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a super last minute idea or more likely – an early idea for next year. Just something quick and cute.

And if you don’t need any treats, you might want to mosey on down towards the middle of this post.

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I made little heart chocolates. Hi.

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And packaged them up like tiny candy bars. Too cute. And thanks for reading.

This is super easy. You’ll need a candy mold though. The product number is in the photo below if you want to search for it. I found mine at Cake Art. The squares are 1.25 inch.

And because I have a mini candy coating store growing in my kitchen, I decided to use some of it up for these.

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Melt pink candy coating and then using a toothpick, draw heart shapes in the cavity of the candy molds. Let it dry and then pour melted chocolate candy coating over the top. Mercken’s is what I used for these. Fill the cavity enough so it reaches the corners without overflowing and then tap the mold on the counter to settle and even out the coating. Repeat with the remaining cavities. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to set and then pop them right out of the mold and place on wax paper. Repeat and repeat until you have what you need.

Of course, you make these even easier and unwrap existing candy bars to use.

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Now the fun part. I had these pink foil wrappers that were lonely and waiting to cuddle something. They were really too big for the bars I made so I cut them in half.

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Lay the chocolate on the wrapper, fold the two short pieces first and then the long ones.

The foil is super thin so you can press it pretty flat.

These are also fun to wrap up your cake pops if you do simple decorations.

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After your bars are all wrapped in foil, you can add paper wrappers.

I created these with different sayings.

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Even one for the pinterest lovers out there.

Here’s a pdf if you want it.

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Making your own wrappers is a cute gift or favor idea. Use the same process and create your own wrappers for your theme. You can turn any candy bar into something a little more special.

But now let me tell you why I really made these.

I bought something for myself a few weeks ago that I thought was the cutest thing ever.

Or at least the cutest thing that week.

It was on sale thank goodness. Wanna see?

It goes with the theme so far.

And it’s really what inspired these tiny wrapped chocolate bars.

But this chocolate is a little bit bigger.

And sassier.

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The good thing is it won’t melt in my hands.

Check it out. A Cha Cha Chocolate Clutch.

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From Kate Spade.

Loving the label.

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And look at the chocolate candy clasp.

I die.

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And the inside lining. So cute.

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It’s pretty big, too. Actually it’s a really big clutch.

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Big enough to carry all my cha cha chocolates.

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Thankfully it has a chain strap, too.

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And yes, I couldn’t help but make little Cha Cha labels. It’s just too much fun to say.

But I haven’t mentioned the best part about this bag. It turns out I didn’t just buy one.

Yep. Right now I have one for each hand and that just looks plain silly.

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So who wants to help me out and take one of these off my hands?

Anybody?

Somebody?

Enter for a chance to win a Kate Spade Cha Cha Chocolate Clutch.

  • Just leave a comment on this post and say something sweet about someone you love. It’s that kind of day you know.
  • Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner Announced Below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday evening.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day and good luck!

Okay, cha cha time. Let’s see who won the cute clutch. By the way, I’m so glad I didn’t have to choose based on your comments. I would have never been able to pick. So many of you have the sweetest sweethearts in your lives. It made me so happy to read your comments. Smiles and smiles.

But the random winner is………

chachawinnerYay! Congratulations Gayl! Hope you have fun with the clutch.

Note: Giveaway sponsored by moi.


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Shawna B said...

LOVE this!!!! Jamie you are my heart and soul..and im sooo lucky you call me your girl!

February 16, 2012 03:17 PM
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Vicki said...

My husband of almost three decades – because he doesn’t mind (too much) how many purses I buy!

February 16, 2012 03:18 PM
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Catie said...

Kate Spade is just great! My mom is the greatest! She taught me everything I know about baking! (Well, aside from this blog!)

February 16, 2012 03:20 PM
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Melissa said...

That purse is the cutest thing ever! Just like my sweet husband who is so patient and kind!

February 16, 2012 03:21 PM
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Ashley said...

I LOVE the chocolate wrapper designs! Seriously adorable!!! And that clutch is so major, I will gladly take it off your hands ;)

I have to give the love shout out to my Fiance…during all of the stress and frustrations that planning a wedding has brought on he has been an amazing friend and support. I couldn’t be a luckier lady and am extremely blessed!

February 16, 2012 03:21 PM
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JT said...

my special “someone” is my dog!! guess that should be special animal :)

February 16, 2012 03:21 PM
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kat said...

Hearts and Chocolate – the perfect combination! These look scrumptious.

My husband is my forever valentine. We have been together so long, and he still makes my heart flutter!

February 16, 2012 03:22 PM
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Jeleen said...

Love those wee chocolates you made, too cute! And that clutch bag…Oh my. *squee!* I’m so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family who make me feel so special just by being there for me. Everyday is Valentine’s Day when they’re around. :) Not to mention the fact that they all make excellent taste-testers, LOL!

February 16, 2012 03:22 PM
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LesleaM said...

I love the chocolates and the clutch of course! Way too cute!
I have three special someones that bring a smile, and possibly a roll of the eye or two, or three, to my face each and every day!

February 16, 2012 03:24 PM
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Sara said...

The chocolate and the clutch are both adorable!

February 16, 2012 03:25 PM
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Lauren said...

If I win that clutch, my boyfriend promised to scream like a girl with me. That’s why I love him. He supports my crazy obsession with all things sweet! Hey, it’s not harming anyone..

February 16, 2012 03:25 PM
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Wendy Bees said...

I would just DIE to have this clutch! I love me some kate spade, oh I do hope I win, I do, I do!
But…wait a second here….does it come with the chocolates, because I can’t think of anything that would beat that right there!!!! Pick me please!

February 16, 2012 03:28 PM
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Vic said...

These chocolates look AMAZING!!! So cute and perfect for valentine’s day :)

February 16, 2012 03:30 PM
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Lindsey said...

That purse is amazing! My son is the best thing in my life, I can’t not imagine a day without him. He has taught me to love more and laugh more and I love him so much!

February 16, 2012 03:31 PM
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Jen said...

Does it come filled with the chocolates? No…darn!

I love my three sweet girls for being my baking buddies!

February 16, 2012 03:33 PM
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Carma said...

The chocolates are a wonderful idea, you could really personalize them any way you wanted! Thanks!

February 16, 2012 03:38 PM
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ML said...

I love my cousin in S.C. She has been going through a rough time lately & can use your good thoughts & prayers.
Love you gal
ML

February 16, 2012 03:47 PM
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Nicki said...

Sweet is my daughter who out of her own good heart cleans the kitchen (she’s just turned 12) and buys me a chocolate bar for Valentines day with her own birthday money and never asks for anything for herself. I’m blessed beyond words to have a child like this.

February 16, 2012 03:51 PM
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A. Gilles said...

My Valentine is actually 2 people. My Mom & Dad. Thanks to them I can pursue my dream of cake decorating while I’ve been looking for a job. I graduated grad school last year and my Sister graduated Law school and we BOTH can’t find jobs. Our parents have been supporting us and allowing us to pursue our interests until we find something that can help us pay off these student loans!!!

Love you Mum and Pop!

February 16, 2012 03:52 PM
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KimG said...

My daughters are the sweetest people alive. They take care of my mom who has cancer. They take care of me who works full time. I love them to pieces.

February 16, 2012 03:52 PM
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Heather said...

So cute!!

My valentine’s this year: my 14 month old twin boys Gamble and Gage. They’re the sweetest things ever, and darned cute; best valentine’s a mommy could ask for!

February 16, 2012 03:55 PM
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Liz Rowely said...

Four years with my hubby Today! Love him more now than ever.

February 16, 2012 03:58 PM
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jules mcnubbin said...

that is soo cute! the ones i love surprised me this year, first the guy sent me a diamond ring, that was totally unexpected.. and my daughter handmade a card with 12 free massage coupons :-)

February 16, 2012 03:59 PM
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Sarandipity Sara said...

(That bag is over the top cute!)

One of my favorite things about my Valentine is that he’ll spend forever picking out exactly the right, mushy card for me. I know that when I read it, he’s picked it out for the message it says to me. *swoon*

February 16, 2012 04:00 PM
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Natalie said...

Love those chocolates & that purse! My little sister would love that purse – she is in the Air Force & doesn’t get a chance to be girly during the week, I know she’d love something cutesy like that. She is not just my sister, but my best friend & she was my Valentine this year.

February 16, 2012 04:01 PM
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amy beth said...

so so cute!! your candies and the clutch!! my husband gives the most thoughtful gifts of anyone i know…my friends scoffed at my present this year, but its awesome and it shows me that he takes an interest in whatever i happen to be taking an interest in…what’s better than that!? xo

February 16, 2012 04:02 PM
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Julia said...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
My valentine is sweet,
Very loving and true.

February 16, 2012 04:03 PM
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Ilissa said...

I just love me some cake and I love my little dog Pudge, THAT PURSE IS SO CUTE!!!

February 16, 2012 04:04 PM
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Patty said...

So adorable! My special someone is my hubby of course. He has immense quantities of patience to put up with me. xoxox him!

February 16, 2012 04:04 PM
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Karina said...

The chocolates look like so much fun to make and wrap. You always make things look pretty and fun and that is one of the things I like the most about your blog.

My favorite thing about my valentine this year is that he is so very patient with me, even when I am an annoying mess.

February 16, 2012 04:05 PM
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karen hill said...

I will take this idea and run with it! I see some kind of Mother’s Day wrappers to make a special treat for the perfect mother.

I love love love my grandchildren who love me unconditionally and always tell me I am the best! Now who wouldn’t love that?

February 16, 2012 04:08 PM
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Mariya said...

You are the best Bakerella!!! I love all your ideas!!

My special someone is my pain in the butt fiance. I love him so much. He was a great valentine! =)

February 16, 2012 04:08 PM
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Raquel said...

AHhh!! These would be perfect favors for my sister’s wedding in Vegas this next weekend, Feb. 25! She has decided against favors, but seriously, these would be so darlin’ and seem easy enough to make….. So, speaking of my sister, (Kirsten is her name)– she’s my best friend. The only one I can tell everything about anything to. Lurvvv her to the moon & back :)
*I really need a chocolate bar purse*

February 16, 2012 04:08 PM
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Jill said...

So cute! I’m the only female in my little family of four, but my boys know how to treat me right! I’m especially excited that I had a new little valentine this year: my four month old son.

February 16, 2012 04:12 PM
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Karen said...

Tom rocks!!

February 16, 2012 04:13 PM
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Lindsay said...

My dad is my sweetest Valentine. On valentine’s day, I woke up to find a card and a beautiful bouqet of flowers. I was in awe and very grateful to have my dad in my life. My dad also made me dinner. :)

February 16, 2012 04:14 PM
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Meggan said...

My three boys (hubby and two sons) are the best guys around!

February 16, 2012 04:14 PM
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Leah said...

My special someone is my grandmother. She has been taking care of my poor, sick Papa for the past two months without uttering a single complaint. True love.

February 16, 2012 04:18 PM
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Martha said...

My love for chocolate and Kate Spade can only be matched by my love for my fiance :-)

February 16, 2012 04:22 PM
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Ashley said...

i have a boyfriend, his name is Andrew and he’s the sweetest… he’s always there for me when i’m going through a difficult time, he can always tell when something’s off and he always knows how to cheer me up. i actually made him your valentine’s day gift box of red cake pop “truffles” for valentine’s day and he loved it! check it out at my site! thanks for the awesome, awesome idea!!!!

February 16, 2012 04:24 PM
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Jennifer said...

My special someone is my boyfriend and I hope our love will always stay as deliciously sweet as the oreo truffles I made for him for valentines :)

February 16, 2012 04:26 PM
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Kelsey said...

Love that idea! I can modify it for my Girl Guides and give them trefoil chocolates =) Also, that purse is adorable…

February 16, 2012 04:28 PM
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Brandie said...

Had the best Valentines ever with my fantastic 8 year old son… we made peanut blossom cookies with peanut butter hearts in them :)

Cute Bag!

February 16, 2012 04:29 PM
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Candice said...

I am so blessed to have two amazine men in my life, my husband and my dad, thank you everything that you both do for me. Love always – Candice

February 16, 2012 04:29 PM
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Sheri M said...

So cute! I love that clutch!

February 16, 2012 04:31 PM
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Sabrina said...

Just gave birth to my first son on the 070212, and was discharged from hospital on Valentine’s Day! He’s the cutest, the sweetest Valentine :) xoxo

February 16, 2012 04:32 PM
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Lauren said...

I could kiss him forever. Nothing else matters when I’m with ma babe.

February 16, 2012 04:35 PM
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Sophia said...

I love them, their are so cute.

February 16, 2012 04:36 PM
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Tristan said...

I have the best Huzzband ever. He takes care of our family and works so hard to give our two kids everything they need and knows when to draw the line on everything they want!

February 16, 2012 04:36 PM
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maura said...

Holy awesomeness. My husband is my best friend and still the love of my life. He is so patient and truly the best dad ever to our son.

Thanks!

February 16, 2012 04:45 PM
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Kimberly C. said...

What an adorable purse! And the chocolates, too! I want to reach into my screen and grab a handful.

My dad has been away on business since Christmas and comes home today. I can’t wait to see him! He’s always willing to make breakfast for dinner and watch the rom coms with me. :)

February 16, 2012 04:49 PM
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barbara said...

My special someone is my entire family, husband, two daughters, two great son-in-laws and five awesome, beautiful grandchildren. I’m truly blessed every day.

February 16, 2012 04:50 PM
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Holly H said...

Cute cute cute! What a bag!

I have three amazing, talented, clever children who inspire me daily. My husband and I are so blessed… and we have such a great family dynamic! Wouldn’t change a thing…

February 16, 2012 04:52 PM
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Beth said...

That is adorable!!!!!!!!!

February 16, 2012 04:54 PM
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Nia said...

Cute bag!! I had a three year old bring me a Cars valentine. It was so cute.

February 16, 2012 04:59 PM
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Suzanne said...

my dogs are always good for snuggles — no matter what day it is!

February 16, 2012 05:00 PM
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Lily Cordell said...

The man I love is absolutely amazing. He works so hard so that I can go to graduate school and get my Master’s degree. He is wonderful!

February 16, 2012 05:02 PM
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Lilly said...

I love my mother to the end of infintey and back! She has always been there for me through thick and thin and I knwo she will never leave me. There aren’t enough words in the english language to express how much she means to me!
xoxo

February 16, 2012 05:02 PM
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Corrin said...

So adorable. I’m an absolute Kate Spade Groupie. This was my first single Valentine’s Day after my divorce and 25 of my blog readers came together to do a Valentine swap that totally made my day. Everyone got a surprise box of treats and there was so much excitement I wasn’t even worried about not having a date.

February 16, 2012 05:03 PM
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Karina said...

My family! They have been so supportive and helpful with my kids. I don’t know what I would do without them!

February 16, 2012 05:03 PM
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Maria said...

Love these chocolates and wrappers… too cute!

My valentines this year were my two boys (almost 2 & 4). They are the sweetest :o)

February 16, 2012 05:03 PM
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Kristen said...

Adorable! I love my mom. She is one of my best friends! She is always there no matter what and has the best advice :)

February 16, 2012 05:03 PM
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Leslie said...

That purse so perfectly combines my love of chocolate and my obsession with cute purses! And, my husband and two children (and my big furry dog) are the sweetest valentines anyone could ever ask for!

February 16, 2012 05:13 PM
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Dae said...

Love love my boyfriend! Sweetest guy that has turned around my whole outlook on life… and love!

February 16, 2012 05:16 PM
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Chelsea said...

My someone that I love is my boyfriend, who planned our whole Valentine’s day and kept everything a surprise for me to find out along the way :) My favourite part was when he got up super early to drive to my house an hour away and surprise me with breakfast in bed at 7am before I had to go to my first class! He’s the sweetest guy I could ask for, and I love him so much. I also really love that clutch, and your website! So much inspiration for the little baker inside me who adores mixing up sweet little treats to bring in to work, class, or to my boyfriend.

February 16, 2012 05:16 PM
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Karyn said...

My hubby let’s me spend a nice chunk of our grocery budget on ingredients for baking so I can satisfy those pregnancy cravings. What a guy!

February 16, 2012 05:16 PM
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Amy said...

My sweetie husband who has the prettiest green eyes ever and cracks me up about the most random of things. :)

February 16, 2012 05:19 PM
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Meredith said...

i love the way my mom for always being there for me :)

February 16, 2012 05:20 PM
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em said...

My mom is awesome!! (Clutch please ;) )

February 16, 2012 05:22 PM
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Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh…that clutch is SO cute!! Someone I love is my daddy…he loves me no matter and is always doing those little things for me to make my day a little better. In fact, he makes me a little breakfast sandwich every morning…it’s the perfect “I Love You” to get my day started right!!

February 16, 2012 05:23 PM
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Connie T. said...

Cute! Both the chocolates and the clutch!

February 16, 2012 05:23 PM
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Katie said...

My special person is my fiancee. I love him so very much. Through everything, he is always there for me. Life without him is unimaginable!!!

February 16, 2012 05:26 PM
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E said...

I love my family and friends, they really are the best :)

February 16, 2012 05:26 PM
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Lori said...

OMG! Those chocolates are so cute, and the Kate Spade bag TDF!
But my hunny, who I’ve been with for 20 years today is the best. Even though we really don’t celebrate Valentine’s day he still treats me with a surprise bouquet of flowers- waiting for me when I get home.

February 16, 2012 05:34 PM
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Jenn said...

My husband did the SWEETEST thing when him and I first met online. I had been hankering for Baskin Robbins Love Potion #31 but where I was living, no longer had it available. :( booo…. (I was in Oregon, he was in Virginia).

Well, he took himself to the nearest Baskin Robbins, purchased a quart (mind you, a flavor he wouldn’t have chosen himself) and took pictures of himself eating it and sent it to me!

How sweet is that?! He’s my sweetheart and I love him lots!

February 16, 2012 05:34 PM
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Kathy said...

Love the cute chocolates!

My someone special is my husband. He’s always there for me and supports me in everything I do. I couldn’t have asked for someone better to share my life with.

February 16, 2012 05:34 PM
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Nikki said...

to my husband, who’s is always there for me, and has always supported me, especially during these tough times. He is my rock and I’ll love him forever

February 16, 2012 05:34 PM
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Natalie said...

I love my husband, Drew, with all of my heart. Through good times and bad he is my rock. I don’t think he knows how much I appreciate him. I am one lucky girl to have him in my life.

February 16, 2012 05:35 PM
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Suzanne said...

My mother in law passed away last week. She was the most patient person I’ve ever known and she would have loved one of those!

February 16, 2012 05:36 PM
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Kayiu said...

Your attention to detail always amazes me!
I love my family like monkeys love bananas! :)

February 16, 2012 05:37 PM
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Sydney S. said...

My mom is my rock and i love her so much. I don’t know what I would do without her. She is extremely funny and talkative and gives the best cards!

Happy Valentines Day Bakerella!!!!
You inspire me every day <3

February 16, 2012 05:37 PM
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Sonia said...

What a precious (resisting the urge to say sweet) clutch! I want to say something nice about my lovely grandmother, who spent all of the 14th calling her friends in India and wishing them happy Valentine’s days! It was so adorable to watch, and I’m so glad that she’s able to keep in touch with her loved ones in Bombay (she just moved to the US to live with my family here). She even made our favourite Indian desserts to celebrate the holiday :)

February 16, 2012 05:39 PM
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Kristin said...

I love the color combination of the pink and chocolate. Cute!

February 16, 2012 05:40 PM
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Tiffany B said...

My boyfriend will get up at 5am to make me an iced (or hot) chai – he gives me choices at 5am! :D He’s so thoughtful and sweet! I just love that boy!

February 16, 2012 05:41 PM
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Emily D. said...

I love my little baby who I am 12 weeks pregnant with. :)

February 16, 2012 05:41 PM
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Tracy Bowen said...

My sweet husband is my Valetine! This is our first married Valentine’s and it was wonderful!

February 16, 2012 05:42 PM
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Kim said...

Oh, those chocolates are so cute! I think I’ll make some for Easter.
My guy is the nicest, he always carries things for me. :P Love!

February 16, 2012 05:44 PM
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Sandy said...

I want to say thank you to the wonderful friends who have motivated and inspired me; and who believed in me when it was hard for me to believe in myself.

February 16, 2012 05:46 PM
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Judea said...

You never cease to amaze me. What will you think of next?

February 16, 2012 05:48 PM
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Kim said...

Those chocolates are adorable! Almost too cute to unwrap and eat!

The person that I love is Mom – She would do anything for her girls, She’s always been right (although I’ll never tell her that) and She’s always honest – “Kimberly – if your mother can’t be honest with you, then who can?” :O)

February 16, 2012 05:54 PM
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Vanessa said...

I love this idea, will definately do it next year! My two daughers, my little angels-who are only 5 and 3 surprised me by waking up before me. Then they woke me up with a Valentine’s day card they made for me. I was so surprised and touched. They have beautiful souls!

February 16, 2012 05:54 PM
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Jennifer said...

My sweet husband, who always is a shining beacon of positivity, especially in our efforts to grow our family!

February 16, 2012 05:58 PM
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Amy said...

Bakerella is the best!!

February 16, 2012 06:05 PM
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sara said...

oooohh! I just saw this post and so glad I didn’t miss the deadline. I have to brag on my sweet husband for bringing me flowers today (instead of Valentine’s- he did something else for that!) because I had a rough day yesterday! Love that boy!

February 16, 2012 06:12 PM
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Brandi said...

Love this!

February 16, 2012 06:18 PM
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Heather said...

I’m not sure if I’m in time…but I love that bag. Adorable! I have a too-sweet husband who loves me despite my many blonde moments. :)

February 16, 2012 06:40 PM
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Christine S said...

I love my family (:

February 16, 2012 06:43 PM
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Marissa H. said...

That clutch is adorable! My aunt is a baker as well. I followed in her footsteps as a nurse and in baking. She’s been a big inspiration in my life, because she’s such a strong woman. Everything she has thrown at her, she seems to overcome. She’s a breast cancer survivor. She now has Multiple sclerosis, but she doesn’t let it get her down and usually showers me with baked treats when I give her her monthly shots. I hope I can be as strong in my life as this lady I love.

February 16, 2012 06:49 PM
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Hope McTaggart said...

OOOOOHHHHHH! My super wonderful daughter would absolutely love this little valentine gift!! I would have snatched it up if I had seen it! She is probably only 1% rebellious to her parents, which is hard to find in a 16 year old girl! She is fabulous and I love and appreciate her!

February 16, 2012 06:50 PM
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Abby said...

My fiancee is just the sweetest! He always has the perfect thing to say be it a kind compliment or a funny joke to cheer me up!

February 16, 2012 06:51 PM
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