Yes, Valentine’s Day has traditionally centered around celebrating your love for your S.O. But it’s 2017, and the times are a-changing. These days, the holiday is no longer synonymous with extravagant gift exchanges and over-the-top candlelit dinners. From celebrating February 14 with your friends to exchanging cards with family, there are plenty of ways to show all of your loved ones that you care.
Take, for instance, Houston-based blogger Caroline Harper. Although she enjoys commemorating the holiday with her husband, the House of Harper blogger also chooses to spread the V-Day love to her sons, her friends, extended family, and even the neighbors down the block. And what’s the easiest way into their hearts? A little snack, of course.
“It’s always fun to get unexpected gifts, and it makes them feel loved and appreciated,” says Harper. “Plus, recipes don’t have to cost a lot of money; it’s always the thought that counts.”
Best of all, you can buy all of the ingredients you’ll need in one fell swoop on Jet.com, where discounts deepen as you add certain items to your cart. (And don’t stop at groceries: The site also sells home décor, kitchen appliances, and so much more.)
Keep scrolling to get the V-Day recipe anyone can make (and enjoy!).
Valentine's Trail Mix
“This recipe is the perfect mix of salty and sweet, and the sprinkles and pink-and-red M&Ms add a festive Valentine’s touch,” Harper tells us of her go-to gift. Feel free to get creative and use as much of each ingredient as you’d like. Serving size varies.
16-oz. bag mini pretzels
4-oz. bag popcorn
12-oz. box Rice Chex cereal
10-oz. bag candy melts
42-oz. bag M&M’s (pink and red, if available)
10-oz. bag chocolate chips
Sprinkles (pink and red, if available)
Start by spreading the mini pretzels, popcorn, and cereal onto a cookie sheet with a nonstick mat. Melt the chocolates in a microwave-safe dish. Pour the melted chocolate onto the pretzels, cereal, and popcorn. Add sprinkles while the chocolate is still warm. Allow the chocolate to set, then mix the ingredients with the M&M’s and chocolate chips in a bowl. Pour the mix into Mason jars, top it off with a bow and a special note.
Prices on Jet.com are dynamic and subject to change. Prices quoted are approximate reflections of prices on Jet.com on January 24, 2017.
What are you cooking for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below.