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11 Adorable Food Gadgets That Your Valentine Will Love

There’s officially less than a week before Valentine’s Day, which means you probably still need to buy a gift, make reservations, and maybe even find a Valentine. So, in order to help you through this process, this gift guide should assist in finding something truly unique that will stand out more than some cheap candy — and will probably taste better too.

This year, instead of relying solely on the florist or a gourmet chocolatier — find something that will capture the essence of love, while also serving a physical purpose. For those of us caught up in the Valentine’s Day gift struggle to swoon your favorite foodie, these easy to find, food-centric gift ideas won’t break the bank, and will show Bae how much you care.

Covered X & O Silicone Ice Cube Tray 

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Looking for a cute and classy way to tell your lover, you want to XOXO them all over? Using this awesome ice tray from Bed Bath and Beyond, might be the easiest way. As they say, love is in the air on Valentine’s Day — and now it will be in your drink! $12.99, online only. 

Heart-Shaped Measuring Cups

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Although these heart-shaped measuring cups won’t hold flowers, they’ll definitely hold flour. These romantic, yet functional kitchen utensils are the perfect gift for the adorable baker or chef in your life. This is also the next best way to tell your sweetheart that you’re in love with their cooking.

Food-Themed Enamel Pins 

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Do you love pizza more than your Valentine, but can’t admit it? That’s okay because these adorable enamel pins by The Sleepy Mountain will be the best way show them what’s most important. $10

Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shaker 

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The genius minds who create the adorable things at Smoko Inc. usually have the perfect gift for any occasion. While some Valentine’s Day gifts might seem a bit cheesy, Smoko’s Peas in a Pod Salt & Pepper Shaker will always remind your Valentine of the special bond you share — and will help make every meal just a bit more delicious. $19.99

Adorable Emoji Portable Chargers

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Is your darling always complaining about their phone dying? WattzUp Power is the portable problem solver. Right now, they have super cute designs, like the Smitten Kitten emoji that are purrfect for Valentine’s Day.  But, wait — how is this related to food? Think about it, now you’ll never have to worry about your battery dying if you have to call for some delivery.  $39.99

An Awesome Nacho Cookbook

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We all know that nachos are awesome. What’s even better is a whole cookbook on nacho recipes can that easily be recreated for any occasion  — you know, not just one time on a certain night in February — hint, hint. But, that should at least give you some ideas. ¡Buenos Nachos! by Gina Hamadey, $25

Can You Feel My Love Buzz?

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Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks on Valentine’s Day, but what about after? Your lover will always crack a smile every time he or she reaches to crack open a bottle. $22.00, 

Food Grade Coconut Bath Soak 

CoconutMilk_BathSoakBesides food, the next best thing about Valentine’s Day is getting pampered. Herbivore’s food grade coconut milk bath soak combines the best of both! $18.00

Chocolate Melting Pot

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Chocolate dipped strawberries are super delicious, but it’s been done over and over again. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a box of week old strawberries, you can show your Valentine how resourceful and creative you are when you bust out this chocolate melting pot and create some chocolate dipped treats of your own. $17.99

Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser

Heart Shaped Tea InfuserValentine’s Day is only one day a year, so why spend money on something that’s just going to get thrown out in a week. This heart-shaped tea infuser will allow your favorite tea lover to feel the warmth of your love while brewing cup after cup of delicious homemade tea. $6.21

Cooking Set with Valentine’s Day Recipe E-book

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This might be the best thing on this list. Before you spend your life savings on an overpriced steak dinner, it might be easier — and less expensive — to learn how to cook for once in your life. This cooking set comes with two e-books, one specifically for Valentine’s Day recipes. $17.48

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Why Cubed Ice Is — and Always Will Be — Better Than Crushed

Last week, my editor (a “crushed ice” person) asked me to write an opinion piece on crushed vs. cubed ice. And while I set out to take the old facetious route a la April’s Tabasco vs. Sriracha debate, upon further reflection, I’ve realized doing so would a crime, an insult, an affront not only to myself but to the millions of other ice-rs out there who know the truth.

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F@#king

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Sucks.

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It’s awful.

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Seriously, how are there people out there who like this stuff?

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I mean, sure it’s smaller than cubed, which means it cools drinks down faster.

But you know what else it does?

That’s right, it dilutes. It dilutes drinks down like a mother-f@#ker.

It’s like, I’m sorry, did I order my Coke topped with a layer of tears and sadness?

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Did I ask for diet-diet Mint Julep?

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And speaking of the myriad states of water being places they’re not wanted, why do you keep trying to get all up in my straw, crushies? Clogging sh*t, stopping me from getting my drank on?

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Really crushed ice, would you please just

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The only thing crushed ice is good for is cooling down water.

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Chewing, occasionally.

Maybe diluting drinks that need to be diluted anyway, like too-sweet Cherry Limeades from Sonic. Or god-awful $1 Sauza margaritas.

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But let’s face it, crushed ice will never, ever even come close to beating cubed.

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You can’t make adorably geeky ice cubes with it.

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You can’t stick flowers in it.

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Heck, you can’t make even make proper cocktails with it, ones you’d actually want to taste. It’s called “on the rocks,” for a reason people, not “on the annoying watery pebbles.”

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Aw, but you like having something to chew on? Buy gum you weirdo. Eat more food, you freak.

Take your oral fixation elsewhere.

Because the fact of the matter is, Cubed Is and Always Will Be Better Than Crushed.

Class dismissed.

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Gin & Titonic Ice Tray

Would you like front row seats to one of the most infamous shipwreck disasters in history?  Now you can watch a re-enactment of the Titanic sinking every time you have a drink. These would be great for history buffs and movie theme parties. The ice tray, designed by Jason Amendolara at Fred Studio, makes four ships and four icebergs per tray.  ($7.95 @ Neatoshop)

 

 

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Cool Shooters Ice Tray: Shot Glass Ice Mold

Let’s face it, people define you by the shot glass you have. That’s why if you want to be a baller, you want to drink out of a shot glass that you can subsequently smash without regard for wasting your money. Even better? Swallow the entire glass after a nice shot of tequila! All these options are now possible with this Cool Shooters Ice Tray. Each tray comes with 4 picardie-style shot glasses indented, works with water, but seems even more baller with juice or anything with a low enough alcohol level that will freeze. The entire tray is 5″ x 5″ x 2.5″, dishwasher safe, and designed by Jason Amendolara of Fred Studio. Drink on? ($7.95 @ NeatoShop)