I love holidays. All of them. Every single one. I don't care if Hallmark and other companies diabolically collaborate on these days to extract as many dollars out of us as possible. I love the spirit of the days, how people seem to smile a bit more, meet the eyes of strangers, take a reflective moment to think of their loved ones, and how just being with loved ones can be magnified. Maybe the day is superficial to some, just another day, but only if you see it that way. I've heard so many people complain that the holidays have become commercialized and overdone but I counter with the idea that the holidays have as much meaning and symbolism as you put into them. Everything else is just glitter and gift wrap.
Making the candy is so easy! Melt down some high quality dark chocolate - I like Green and Black's organic, 70% cocoa and either use molds for the pieces or spoon the clusters onto waxed paper. The fruit is best dipped with toothpicks and I use skewers on the apples to make a nice handle. Stir the chocolate frequently, and you can add your favorite peanut butter too to add some extra flavor!
Happy Valentine's Day!