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The following are the Retro Rad Valentines Sweet Treats and Gifting Ideas that Emily Ellyn will demo:


  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Jam, demo (recipe below)
    • Gifted
    • Remixed into a brownie Sundae by cutting a brownie into a heart and top with ice cream and whipped cream!
    • Love is in the Air Ideas
      • Mason Jar – full of hearts with reasons you love your partner!!
      • AND, a how-to on shaking things up with a Be My Valentine Cocktail (recipe below).
      • "I Love You BEER-y Much" – Ideas for the man in your life!
      • Children Treats (see examples below)
        • Place Settings
        • Valentine's Popcorn
        • Sweet gifting ideas





Random Facts Anchors may want to talk about J


No one knows the real story behind Saint Valentine (at least three different saints named Valentine are recognized by the Roman Catholic church), but one legend claims that he secretly married young couples against the orders of an emperor who had banned marriage because he believed single men made better soldiers.


Today's tradition of trading love notes on February 14 became popular in England in the 17th century.


The first box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.


The oldest known valentine card dates back to the 1400s. Charles, duke of Orleans, sent it to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.


 "Be Mine," one of the original messages on Necco's Sweethearts candies when they debuted, still appears every year. Recent additions? "IM Me" and "Go Girl."



Sweet treats, smiles that shine.

Romantic dinner ideas with fine wine.

Recipes you'll love…oh so unique you'll find!

A delicious Retro Rad surprise for your Valentine!


Chocolate Cherry Jam

Recipe courtesy of Emily Ellyn, Retro Rad Television Chef, EmilyEllyn.com


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time:  30 - 40 minutes

Total Time:  45 - 55  minutes

Yield: About 3; 8-ounce jars



1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1 package (1.74 ounce) regular powdered fruit pectin

2 ½ cups crushed Bing cherries (fresh or frozen)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3 ½ cups granulated sugar



In a medium glass bowl, mix cocoa powder and pectin until evenly blended.  Set aside.


In a large heavy bottomed 5-quart saucepot, place crushed cherries and lemon juice.  Whisk in pectin mixture until dissolved.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Add sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil hard for 1 minute, scrapping sides and stirring.  Remove from heat and skim off foam.


Blend in blender or with stick blender for smooth texture if desired.


Serve immediately hot as an ice cream syrup or use as a jam for the best PB & J, or can according to Retro Rad Home Canning Instructions online.


Once open, store in the refrigerator. Unopened jam will last for up to 6 months.










Be My Valentine Cocktail:

Recipe courtesy of Emily Ellyn, more at www.EmilyEllyn.com


Yield:  1 cocktail



1 ½ ounces Vanilla Vodka

2 ounces heavy cream

1 ounce Chocolate Cherry Jam (or, sub chocolate syrup)

Splash of Rose Syrup



Chocolate Sauce

Pink rimming sugar

Whipped cream

Rose Petal



Rim your martini glass with chocolate sauce and then dip in rimming sugar.


Fill a cocktail shaker with 10 ice cubes. Add vodka, chocolate sauce and rose syrup. Shake vigorously until shaker is frosty and cold.


Strain into the martini glass and garnish with a whipped cream and a rose petal.   Cheers!






















Gifting Ideas: