Vintage Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Grandma's vintage Valentine's Day dessert recipes are perfect for making homemade cakes, cookies, and hand-dipped chocolates for serving at your next party, or for edible Valentine gift giving. Everybody will love these delicious heart-shaped candy treats!

You will also find a collection of vintage Valentine party ice breaker games you can instantly download. Everything you'll need to enjoy a fun-filled, old fashioned St. Valentine's Day party.

Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes for Making Heart Shaped Treats

Homemade Valentine Chocolate HeartsMake Valentine's Day Party Desserts and Treats
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History of St. Valentine's Day

Stained Glass Window of Saint ValentineSaint Valentine
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St. Valentine's Day history is uncertain. Some historians believe its origin lies with two martyrs of the early Christian church.

Both saints were named Valentine, and both were recorded as being beheaded on February 14th, about A.D. 269, during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Claudius II.

It is said that one of these men, a humble parish priest, was executed for secretly marrying young couples in defiance of the emperor's edict that young, single men destined for the army not marry.

Over two centuries later in A.D. 496, Saint Pope Gelasius the First named February 14th as St. Valentine's Day.

Heart Shaped Valentine Cookie

It's thought that Valentine's Day celebrations began in England in the 1400s. It's on record that the first Valentine greeting was sent by a Frenchman named Charles, the Duke of Orleans (1394-1465).

Charles was captured and imprisoned in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and from his prison cell that same year, he sent his wife Bonne of Armagnac an affectionate letter in rhyming verse. He ended his plaintive poem with the words, "I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine."

Sadly, Charles was never to see his gentle Valentine again. Bonne died before Charles was released from his imprisonment years later.

The sending of romantic poems and handwritten expressions of love eventually became popular, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that mass-produced greetings known as "valentines" were first manufactured. These first cards were hand-painted and colorfully decorated with fine satin, feathers, ribbon, and lace.

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The Origin of Valentine Chocolates

Young Boy Giving Valentine Chocolates to a Young GirlGive the Gift of Homemade Valentine Chocolates
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Men had often given gifts of candy to their sweethearts, but it wasn't until chocolate-maker Richard Cadbury produced a decorated hart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in 1868 that candy became commercially associated with romance, and the tradition of giving chocolates to a loved one continues today.

Get Grandma's Valentine's Day dessert recipes for making chocolate hearts without molds, heart shaped Valentine cakes, and cookies that taste as delicious as they look.

Vintage Valentine's Day Cards

Vintage Kid's Valentine Card 1920Front of Card
Chidren's Valentine Card 1920Inside of Valentine Card c.1920

Mom received the above Valentine card at a classroom Valentine party in 1920, when she was just 9 years old. Back then, it was unusual to receive a store-bought card, as they were costly and most of her classmates made their own.

The card shown below is an another example of an old fashioned children's store-bought card. They were considered extra-special, and it's no wonder that Mom had them as keepsakes.

Old Fashioned Valentine Card circa 1920sOld Fashioned Valentine Card, circa 1920s
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