Valentine’s Day is here, and we can’t wait for the latest updates from Cupid’s arrow. It doesn’t appear that we’ll see new Starbucks Valentine’s drinks this year, but they are offering some great discounts and launching new merch.
What’s New at Starbucks?
Last month, Starbucks rolled out its Valentine’s Day merch, which stars a variety of pink and red tumblers, cups and mugs covered in hearts for the season. Our favorites include a “kaleidoscope” red cold cup decorated with hearts, a gradient-hued red plastic tumble, and a reusable plastic cup that looks just like our regular Starbucks cup emblazoned with red and purple hearts. There’s also a blush-pink ceramic tumbler decorated with red, pink, purple and green hearts that’s definitely going to become our to-go cup for the season!
While these sell fast, you might still have a chance to get your hands on some. Just keep an eye out at your local Starbucks cafe and at Target!
Starbucks Valentine’s Drinks from the Secret Menu
Even though this year we’ll have to live without new official Starbucks beverages, you can order all sorts of festive items from the Starbucks secret menu that have a Valentine’s Day twist.
We like this unofficial Valentine’s Day Frappuccino, bursting with strawberries and chocolate, or the Strawberry Cold Brew, topped with fruity, pink cream. If you prefer just chocolate, try out the Molten Chocolate Frappuccino instead. Just remember, these drinks aren’t on the menu, so you’ll have come armed with the recipes or order via the app. Your barista and fellow customers will love you for not holding up the line!
How Do I Get 50% Off Starbucks?
Starbucks is offering a delicious discount on orders placed on Monday, February 14, 2022, aka Valentine’s Day. That’s right—customers can get 50% off their order on Uber Eats (up to $10) by using the code VDAY50.
Your coffee will even arrive in Valentine’s-themed paper bags. Sweet!
Enjoy frosting sweet sentiments onto these valentines cupcakes by baking a batch ahead of time using no-fuss cake mix. You don’t even need a heart-shaped muffin tin to make them. — Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Your sweetie will love these other Valentine’s Day cupcakes, too.
Dress up special occasions with these high-fashion fruit treats! The strawberries are easy to decorate, and folks love them. —Gisella Sellers, Seminole, Florida
Stay in and make your significant other one of these easy Valentine’s Day dinners.
Here’s a lovely dessert that your guests will think is almost too pretty to eat! I love the graceful heart shape of the raspberry meringue. —Mary Lou Wayman, Salt Lake City, Utah
You’ll love these other Valentine’s Day desserts too.
When our kids have friends sleep over, I like to surprise them with this chocolate treat. Our favorite dippers include fruit, marshmallows, cookies and pound cake. —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
Editor’s tip: Pair these sweet desserts with a few savory Valentine’s Day appetizers for a balanced holiday spread.
There’s nothing better than a sweet, from-scratch delight like traditional cherry pie. These precious little hand pies always go fast when I sell them at my pie bakery! —Allison Cebulla, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Everyone loves red velvet, but any cake mix can work here. I’ve even rolled chopped macadamia nuts into pineapple cake and dipped them into white chocolate. Whatever you do, have fun! —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama
Our seven children and four grandkids voted this festive, flavorful cookie a “keeper.” We gave a batch to our mail carrier, in thanks for trudging through so much snow, and she asked for the recipe. —Ruth Anne Dale, Titusville, Pennsylvania
Check out even more Valentine’s Day cookie recipes.
My favorite hockey team the Boston Bruins inspired these cupcakes. Add a love note on top using a little white icing. —Alisa Christensen, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Take a look at these Valentine’s Day cake recipes.
I found this recipe in an old cookbook and changed a few ingredients to suit my family’s taste. They really enjoy this candy pizza. You’ll love how fast, fun and simple it is! Get the kids to help you spread the toppings. —Becky Thesman, Enid, Oklahoma
Here’s a recipe that’s literally sealed with a “kiss.” This cookie’s bound to tickle any sweet tooth. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
I enjoy making this lovely coffee cake for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. I found the recipe more than 30 years ago, and I’ve been making it ever since. The delicious treat is a hit with family and friends.
-Norma Hammond, Leland, Iowa
My family loves Hostess Zingers, especially the raspberry flavor coated with coconut, inspiring this treat to make for school bake sales. We can make about four dozen in 30 minutes, and they sell out fast! —Pam Clark, Wheaton, Illinois
Pretty pastel cookies are a fun way to brighten any special occasion. Replace the vanilla with a different extract for a change of flavor. —Laurie Herr, Westford, Vermont
Here are some romantic Valentine’s Day dinners to make at home.
Lunch on the go just got a whole lot sweeter. Tuck jars of rich chocolate custard into lunch bags for a midday treat. These desserts in a jar are fun for picnics, too. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
These treats are so good! The strawberry filling, creamy glaze and crunchy nuts balance the sweet yeast rolls perfectly. My family loves to eat them as much as I enjoy making them. —Annie Thomas, Michigan, Mississippi
I first made these cakes for a friend when I lived in the dorms at college and had no access to appliances. Little did I know I would be making them 20 years later for my children! —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina
Expecting company? Have these quick delicious parfaits ready to pull out of the freezer for a welcoming treat—or an excellent dessert offering. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
This great butter cookie recipe is a favorite of my nephews, who love the creamy frosting. —Ruth Griggs, South Hill, Virginia
This lovely and luscious treat is rumored to have been the favorite dessert of European royalty long ago. I know that it’s won the hearts of everyone I’ve ever made it for. Enjoy! —Lorene Milligan, Chemainus, British Columbia
I’ve saved this jam-filled whoopie pie recipe for years after cutting it out of a newspaper. It’s one of my grandson’s personal favorites. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
Every year my mom and I collect cookie recipes we want to try and then get together in early December for an afternoon of baking. These no-fail lemon cookies have become an annual tradition. They’re a wonderful homemade holiday gift. —Kristen Stecklein, Glendale, Wisconsin
I combined fresh cranberry salad with the rich custard known as pots de crème, and the result is ever so elegant compared to the usual desserts. —Carmell Childs, Clawson, Utah
These little cheesecakes make a fun dessert that’s just right for cooks who don’t have a lot of time for fussy recipes. Plus, you get to eat a whole mini cheesecake yourself! —Kay Keller, Morenci, Michigan
These are among my family’s favorite cookies around Christmas. The cran-orange flavor makes them special. —Nancy Rollag, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
Eat these pretty treats as is or crush them into a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. Readers of my blog, utry.it, went nuts when I posted that idea.—Amy Tong, Anaheim, California
I make rich, fudgy cookies that taste like brownies with a marshmallow filling. I usually use heart-shaped cutters, but I’ve also left them uncut and filled with pink marshmallow creme.—Kelly Ward, Stratford, Ontario
Baking a fun treat is a must when my four grandchildren come to stay for “grandma camp.” Sometimes the grandkids help by piping the cake batter. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Cool, fruity and creamy, these gelatin valentine cut outs are noticeably richer than plain gelatin. They’re a fun finger food that can be easily cut into whichever shape you’d like for any holiday or theme.
—Annette Ellyson, Carolina, West Virginia
Steal hearts this Valentine’s Day with brownies that have cute frosting centers. They’re simply irresistible. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts. I thought it would be great to capture all that wonderful flavor, so I made these strawberry shortcake cookies topped with pink strawberry frosting. —Allison Anderson, Avondale, Arizona
Cookies that melt in your mouth and are practically fat-free—is it any wonder these crispy meringue morsels disappear as fast as I can whip them up? Friends and family love them. —Jo Ann Blomquest, Freeport, Illinois
Gourmet strawberries are pricey to order but easy to make. We serve strawberries with hazelnut spread as a crowd-pleasing appetizer or dessert. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
These flaky cookies melt in your mouth. Dipped in chocolate, they look festive.—Barbara Birk, St. George, Utah
I love a good strawberry shortcake, but this recipe is my favorite by far. The citrus zest in the dough adds a refreshing zip to the sweet dessert. —Nancy Hooper, Glen Burnie, Maryland
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