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By Paula Deen

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, y’all might be feelin’ pressure to come up with some big romantic gesture for someone you love.  And while it’s too late and too expensive to book a trip to Bali or hire Barry Manilow to make a house call, it’s never too late to show someone how much you love and appreciate them by giving ‘em something homemade from the heart.  It doesn’t need to be a big production; sometimes the simplest gestures are the sweetest ones.

This doesn’t mean doing a last-minute dash to the grocery to pick up a box of chocolates, like the ones with the little maps inside to let you know what you don’t want to eat.  Store-bought chocolates just say “re-gift”—not exactly the best way for someone to feel the love.  Of all the days, Valentine’s is just not the time to be settling for less.  The whole point of the holiday is to find a way to say “I love you” without even having to move your lips. 

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Whatever you may have heard about the complexities of candymakin’, rest assured that these Valentine’s Day chocolates are so easy.  “Simple and sweet” is the best way to describe these handmade boxes of chocolates that I’ve put together.  All you really need is your favorite brand of chocolate and some inspiration.
 
I found my inspiration in dozens of darling little molds used to make chocolate pops.  I fell in love with these lips that I wrapped tightly in bright red foil.  All I had to do was melt the chocolate, pour it in the mold, let it harden back up and pop it out.  I also made “nut clusters” by mixin’ in my favorite nuts and spooning it into festive paper liners in a mini-cupcake tin.  Once the chocolates set, I put them in a decorative container with my Valentines’ names written on them, keeping in mind that while presentation isn’t everything (taste is!), it still counts for something.

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Of course, no box of chocolates would be complete without a couple pieces of homemade fudge.  My simple recipe makes fudge that will just melt in your mouth.  And forget about drawing a map for your box of chocolates.  Your loved ones won’t be discriminating—they’ll eat every single morsel.

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You know, Valentine’s Day and a box of chocolates go hand in hand.  Like two people madly in love, they can’t be pried apart—not even with a crowbar, y’all.  Likewise, you won’t be able to pull these wonderful chocolates out of the hand that receives ‘em, so be sure stash away a few for yourself!  The cook deserves some lovin’, too.

*You can find similar supplies in your local craft stores!

Make your own homemade chocolate box with these recipes!
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge Candy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Devil Drop Cookies
Old Time Chocolate Fudge
Salted Caramel Brownies

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Paula, The cooking channel is not the same since you have been gone! They keep trying to get it better, but it will not be until you are back on! Keep up the good work! I very seldom watch since you left! I do watch the Pioneer Woman some! This whole thing was too ridiculous for words! Keep up your good Spirit!

By Jackie Weatherl on March 15, 2014

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Had to let you know the Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Blue Cheese Hot Dip is wonderful! Also, I bought your spring magazine today and was so glad to see it back at our local supermarket. WhooHoo!!!

By jbeal on March 05, 2014

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Your recipes help me bring quality of life to my family.

By Marilyn Rodriguez on February 19, 2014

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What a wonderful person you are! Thankfully all of the ridiculous carryings on are behind you and yours. I've missed you soooo much. I've just found your website, Paula. I'm thrilled with it and know I will be visiting it several times a week. It's wonderful to see you and the boys. I've always been a big fan. Keep up the great work.

By Joanne Hart on February 14, 2014

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Miss your show! Cooking channel is not good anymore.

By Kay Vincent on February 14, 2014

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I really miss your show. I feel like you are a good friend. Hold your head up high and keep up the good work. Go to another network. We miss you! I love to cook for my family and friends.

By Kay Vincent on February 14, 2014

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I miss Paula, hope all is well with you and your family. I pray that God continue to bless you....

By Dariann on February 13, 2014

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UR VERY BLESSED, FAM. GD.HEALTH NOW. ALL OF US THAT RESPECTS AND LOVES YOU.

By marie pabon on February 13, 2014

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Mz Paula, I don't know if you have ever seen any of my posts concerning the fracas in 2013. But I said it then, I say it now...you indeed are a Lady, you also happen to be gorgeous! You shall always and ever have my support, and distant love! You remind me of some of my favorite friends from some of Biloxi's sweetest families. May God keep you well, and continue to richly bless you!!!!

By Ricky Romero on February 12, 2014

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LOVE YOUR SHOW, GOT A KICK OUT OF YOUR BOYS. I HAVE 4 BOYS 1 GIRL WE ALL LOVE TO COOK&EAT;... I HOPE THINGS OUR GOING WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HANG ON ALL THINGS PASS.

By pamela hash on February 10, 2014

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Your Great Paula...... when are they going to get smart and get you back on the air..... or have you moved on to better things? any way, god bless and ill keep checking out your recipes, so keep them coming.....

By Roger Shykes on February 09, 2014

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WOW everything looks sooo good! Thank You Paula for the recipes I will be making some goodies! Happy Valentine's Day!

By Conni on February 09, 2014

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Miss your shows.... Enjoy so many of your recipes... Have several of your cookbooks..... Take care..

By Barbara Troxclair on February 09, 2014

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love ur food

By hellen sneed on February 09, 2014

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When are you coming back to tv??? I so miss your shows and watching your family grow! ♡♡♡ I HOPE IT'S SOON!!!!

By annemarie biolsi on February 09, 2014

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Recently diagnosed with diabetes. Very confused on the correct numbers to watch and the correct foods to eat. What diabetic diet would you recommend to follow ? My triglycerides are off the chart and cholesterol and sugar Extremely high. Eye site has been damaged and feet are affected with nerve pain I really need a wight loss diet to follow. Day menu. Do you have a book on how you managed your diabetes and the diet You followed. ? Please email me at vickiebiz@ gmail.com. Thanks Paula

By Vickie Bisignano on February 09, 2014

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WE LOVE YOU PAULA. MISS YOUR SHOW. ONLY REASON WHY I WATCHED THE FOOD NETWORK. LOVE YOUR RECIPES.HANG IN THERE.TEXAN IN ALABAMA

By Lila Tomson on February 08, 2014

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Hello Paula, I just want you to know I love your cooking show you were one of the main reason I watch the food network after I got married and moved away from home your recipes help me have that Alabama hometown feeling in much better city .. I hope to see and your cook show back on very soon .. Thank you my husband thanks you as well my cooking skill have gotten awesome I thank you

By Danielle on February 08, 2014

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PAULA, YOU COOK THE BEST AND LOOK THE BEST!!!!!Thank YOU!!!!!!

By renate on February 08, 2014

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Hello Paula, I want to congratulate you for having the stamina to stick in there and fight the good fight! Everything happens for a reason (good or not so good). God is just preparing you for your next great venture honey, so like my pastor says, get ready, get ready, get ready! You were good (& too funny) on the Food Network. It was you that brought true "life" to that network! We're ready to see what your next great venture will be. I know it'll be a blast, so hurry up Mrs. Lady, bcuz I ain't gettin no younger here....we love you! Congratulations in advance.... (-;

By Ehriqa Lofton-Smith on February 08, 2014

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I just want to say this I don't even know if is the right page all I ever wanted to say to Paula Deen welcome back I have missed you. You are my favorite home down girls keep your head up and hang on and feel the love. P.S. from a woman of color.
in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am