- From the Italian dessert Tiramisu to home-made cookies, these are the chocolate alternatives that our readers suggest to give on Valentine’s Day
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Last week, we asked our readers, “Which food is the best to replace chocolate for Valentine’s Day?” Here’s what they had to say.
It’s tiramisu. In Italian, “tira” means “pull”, “mi” means “me”, and “su” means “up”. That means “pull me up” or “take me away”. It means taking away not only delicious food, but also love and happiness, so Italian couples love to eat tiramisu on Valentine’s Day.
As you can see, there’s a warm and touching love story behind the coffee-flavoured Italian dessert.
Joy Wong, 14, Christ College
Strawberry. In the Victorian language of flowers, the fruit represents perfection.
Legend has it that by breaking a double strawberry in half and sharing it with another person, you will fall in love with each other.
Sharma Kartik, 16, Rosaryhill Secondary School
As we all know, chocolate is full of sugar which is harmful to our health. Eating a lot of sugar can lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
So I recommend that you buy your boyfriend or girlfriend a nutritious granola bar. Granola bars are made of oats, nuts and dried fruit which can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
If your Valentine loves to skip breakfast, he or she can munch on a granola bar. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, isn’t it?
Boris Chan-ho, 17, Buddhist Tai Hung College
A zero-sugar peppermint drop can replace chocolate. As many couples will kiss or hug each other on the day, it would be embarrassing to have bad breath. So that piece of delicious candy could be the solution.
Jacinth Lam, 14, Christ College
Why not replace the high-calorie chocolate with something healthier and interactive – how about salad?
From buying the ingredients in a supermarket to washing the vegetables, plating and enjoying the meal together, making salad encourages couples to share and talk.
Love is nothing without good health. There’s no doubt February 14 would be a memorable day.
Minnie Yim Tsz-ki, 15, Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)
Apples can easily replace chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
Apple are red and shaped like a heart. What’s more, it’s a healthier alternative than chocolate. As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to stay healthy.
Abbie Lam Hoi-ching, 12, Christian Alliance SC Chan Memorial College
Home-made cupcakes! Since you need to put in a lot of effort and time to make cupcakes, it shows that you care about your partner.
Also, you can be creative and flexible when making your cupcakes. There are many different flavours, icings and toppings you can choose from.
It’s not only a great gift but also a really fun activity.
Caroline Qiu, 12, St Paul’s Co-Educational College
Apart from chocolate, I think a lollipop is a great choice. Its sweetness refers to the time you spent with your Valentine.
Also, it takes a long time to finish the lollipop which means your relationship can last for a long time.
People can even make their own lollipops shaped like hearts or stars.
Berry Tang Hiu-laam , 13, Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)
Chocolate contains chemicals that rouse your desire and make your Valentine more open to romance. So I would like to see a box of Turkish delights replace chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
You would be able to feel the warmth when the candy goes down your boyfriend or girlfriend’s throat. It symbolises love.
Then they’ll ask for more, just like chocolate.
Justin Jon Poon, 14, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary School
Home-made cookies, surely, because chocolate is so common these days.
You could make the day truly special by baking your own cookies and giving your loved one unforgettably sweet memories.
Nikki Au Yeung Yan-tung, 15, STFA Tam Pak Yu College