For this Valentine’s Day, or any evening you feel like sharing some fun together, you can create easy, delicious, and even healthy treats with help from Pairings! If staying in for the night, make an amazing home-made treat to take your date-night to the next level. Even if dining out, pass on dessert at the restaurant and snag some Pairings staples. Your significant other will be so impressed with your skills and your thoughtfulness, while you will have Pairings flavor expertise and sneaky tricks up your sleeve the whole time!
Find our favorite dessert recipes below that you can make with just a few pantry staples and a Pairings balsamic or oil.
Ice Cream with Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle
It’s so simple you can make it in minutes, even with last minute preparation. Just have the ingredients on hand any time of year, and let your craving loose without feeling super guilty. For a Valentine’s Day flair, you can add fresh red berries like strawberries and raspberries for some extra color and sweetness.
- 2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream (Or your favorite flavor, or even Frozen Yogurt, if that’s your thing. Did you get the idea yet that this is super easy?)
- 1-2 Tbsp of Chocolate Balsamic drizzled over the top
- That’s it! Enjoy!
Purchase online, or stop in for a taste test. Warning, as soon as you try it, you’ll be hooked!
Raspberry Balsamic Brownies
The Aged Raspberry Balsamic adds a delightful twist to your classic Dark Chocolate brownies. This thick, rich, perfectly balanced Balsamic oozes with the natural flavor of fresh, ripe raspberries. Both sweet and tart, it’s perfect tossed with a mixed greens salad and a little feta cheese. But in chocolate, it truly sings!
Try out this recipe, from Touring and Tasting, for the perfect blend of chocolate and balsamic and you won’t be disappointed!
Blood Orange Whipped Cream
For topping any dessert, you can really astound by making your own homemade whipped cream. (Don’t worry, if you have a stand mixer with whisk, or even an old school hand mixer, it’s simpler than it sounds!) And of course, it’s even extra impressive when it’s paired with our Blood Orange Olive Oil for that extra layer of flavor and panache! The recipe is simple:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Pairings Blood Orange Agrumato Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- Whip the cream and blood orange olive oil with the confectioners’ sugar with a mixer or in the blender until soft peaks form.
You can pair this with any dessert to add a ‘Wow!’ factor. If you end up just eating it off of a spoon, no judgment… but this Blood Orange Whipped Creme is delectable topping fresh chocolate brownies, ice cream sundaes, or even as a simple dip for strawberries. It’s an easy treat to share with your sweetheart this weekend.
Champagne with Cranberry Balsamic
For a bubbly treat to start (or even finish!) the night off, this divine drink will hit the spot! It’s a delicious bubbly drink perfect for any holiday or date night using our festive Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic and your favorite (or best value!) sparkling wine! Featured on the Pairings Blog, this can be an easy drink to prepare on the spot while you’re enjoying your chill dinner-night-in.
- Drizzle in about 1 teaspoon of cranberry balsamic to taste in each flute
- Pour bubbly in champagne flute
- Float a few sugar-coated cranberries in glass for garnish
Balsamic Glazed Baked Apples
Ever want to feast on the apple pie filling but could take or leave the crust? Check out the recipe from The Skinny Gourmet for a fun take on dessert that breaks all the rules! It transforms your ordinary apples into a sort of deconstructed apple pie that gives the tartness of apples and a little punch with some acidic, earthy yet sweet traditional aged balsamic.
Aged Espresso Balsamic Tiramisu
Feeling adventurous? Our Aged Espresso Balsamic is a must for making sweet treats and amazing drinks! In a previous Pairings Recipe, we use it to create a traditional Tiramisu with a twist. While it does take a bit more effort and planning, it’s well worth the wait! This decadent dessert blends the subtle flavors of coffee and chocolate with creamy whipped cream and cheese.
No matter which dessert you choose, you can’t go wrong with sharing the love and doing something sweet for someone you care about. Let Pairings help you out this Valentine’s Day, or any day you feel like stepping up your dessert game. Stop in our shoppe to try any of the oils and balsamics here: 701 Pleasant Grove Blvd. #180, Roseville, CA 95678. Or give us a call to chat about your whole menu! Phone: 916-772-PAIR