Valentine's Picks for Single Food Lovers

NASFT's foodspring offers ideas for indulgent treats

(New York, N.Y.) No sweetheart? No problem. foodspring.com presents six great picks for Valentine's Day for specialty food lovers who are flying solo this year.

Lobster Mac & Cheese, Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce and Burnt Caramels with Hawaiian Sea Salt are some of the decadent products suggested in "Alone and Loving It."

For those looking for a treat for their sweetheart, foodspring steps in with "Love Bites," ideas that are easy on the wallet and are sure to be more impressive than a mere heart-shaped box of chocolates.

The choices include:
 Dark Chocolate Dipped Very Cherry Jelly Beans from Jelly Belly
 Caviar Claudine Trout Roe from California Caviar
 Rosé from Provence from Wines of Provence
 Chocolate Mascarpone Pie from Crave Cheese
 Black Heart Limited Edition Love & Kisses from Norman Love Confections

foodspring is a website for specialty food enthusiasts from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., (NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans and entrepreneurs.

Chocolate is the third largest category for product introductions in the $63-billion specialty food industry, according to NASFT research. This year, sweethearts and singles can enjoy new twists on chocolate, starting when they awaken February 14. That is because "Chocolate for Breakfast" has been tagged as one of the top five food trends for 2011, according to a panel of specialty food experts at the NASFT's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last month. Chocolate products that stood out for the experts included:

 Belgian Chocolate Granola Crunch from Lizi's
 Chocolate Indulgence from One Planet Granola
 Belgian Chocolate Waffles from Julian's Recipe
 Red Velvet Chocolate Tea from The Republic of Tea
 Chocolate Almond Tea from Talbott Teas
 Hot Chocolate Sticks from Belgium's Chocolate Source
"The specialty food industry is all about innovation, and this year we are already seeing wonderful new chocolates," says NASFT President Ann Daw. "Specialty food is a distinctive and affordable gift for your Valentine, or for yourself."

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The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT's website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, food entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For further information on the NASFT, go to www.foodspring.com/about/nasft. For information on the NASFT's Fancy Food Shows, go to www.foodspring.com/about/fancyfood.

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