Is this your first Valentine’s Day with your gluten free significant other? You could be in for a rough evening if you make a gluten related faux pas. But never fear, your friends at American Gluten Free have some tips to make sure your gluten free Valentine’s day is a huge success.
Not All Chocolate is Gluten Free
You can try to impress your date without chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but we certainly don’t recommend it. To hedge your bets, a selection of delectable sweets is a wise decision. But keep in mind that not all chocolate is gluten free. Most instances of chocolate that contains gluten is due to cross-contamination, where the chocolate was made or handled in an facility that also processes gluten products. This usually happens in facilities that routinely make baked goods alongside their chocolate, or incorporate their chocolate products in baked goods. Bakeries and fudge shops are places you might have a problem with gluten contamination, so be forewarned. Hopefully, you played it safe and ordered some gluten free Cocopotamus truffles. We included some in your February box, too, you lucky ducks.
Make Your Own Gluten Free Treats
Take the guesswork out of buying gluten free sweets by making your own. If you’re not confident in your gluten free baking skills, there are plenty of other ways to create something sweet for your sweetie. Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make, and you can also easily blend some walnuts and coconut to add to chocolate covered fruits. Remember, it’s really difficult to mess up any dish if it’s covered in chocolate, so be creative!
It Doesn’t Have to Be About Food
You don’t have to go out to a restaurant to make it a proper Valentine’s Day. You only increase the risk of contamination, so it’s not a bad idea to skip going out to eat altogether. Pack a gluten free snack, grab a bottle of wine, take a hike in the woods or a walk on the beach. Just try to make it a unique experience for the two of you. And if we’re honest, a few glasses of red wine is just as filling as a meal. There’s very little risk of contamination with grapes, so plan the evening accordingly.
As long as you show up on time, put your phone away, and don’t take your date to an Italian restaurant, you should be ok on Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to do a little homework on your chocolate and food choices to make sure your date goes off without a hitch. You can get more expert gluten free advice, recipes, and product reviews by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and checking us out on Instagram.