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There's no better way to express love and (Credit: Doug Young)

There's no better way to express love and affection on Valentine's Day -- or any day -- than with homemade chocolate treats, says Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Easy chocolate candy Valentines

You don't need to be a professional chocolatier or own any special equipment to turn out rich truffles, chocolate bark and fudge in your humble kitchen. Check out Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman's collection of chocolate treats for Valentine's Day, or any day, then click through to the recipes.

There's no better way to express love and
(Credit: Doug Young)

There's no better way to express love and affection on Valentine's Day -- or any day -- than with homemade chocolate treats, says Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Lauren Chattman prepares chocolate-dipped grapes for Valentine's Day
(Credit: Doug Young)

Lauren Chattman prepares chocolate-dipped grapes for Valentine's Day in her kitchen in Sag Harbor. Make sure the grapes are dry and cold to help the chocolate set up properly. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman suggests bananas and
(Credit: Doug Young)

Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman suggests bananas and mangoes dipped in a chocolate-coconut fondue sauce for Valentine's Day. (Jan. 28, 2011)

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Quick Chocolate-Mint Truffles finesse the traditional but tedious
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Quick Chocolate-Mint Truffles finesse the traditional but tedious process of tempering the chocolate coating for truffles. You can skip this step and coat your truffles with cocoa powder instead, says Newsday's Lauren Chattman. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

Freezing the foil-lined pan before pouring the melted
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Freezing the foil-lined pan before pouring the melted chocolate allows this White Chocolate and Cherry Bark to set up quickly and with a shiny finish, says Newsday food columnist Lauren Chattman. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

Vanilla wafers, Fluff and bittersweet chocolate are the
(Credit: Doug Young)

Vanilla wafers, Fluff and bittersweet chocolate are the ingredients for Mini Chocolate-Marshmallow Cookies, one of the treats you can make for your Valentine, says Newsday's Lauren Chattman. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

Newsday food writer Lauren Chattman uses heart-shaped cookie
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Newsday food writer Lauren Chattman uses heart-shaped cookie cutters for her Valentine's Day Mocha-Almond Fudge. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day

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