Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is…tomorrow! Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or just a guy’s night in the Man Cave, you’re likely to encounter plenty of food, games, and fun centered around our old friend, gluten. But as always, if you’ve got gluten problems, we’ve got solutions. Your gluten-free Valentine’s Day will be just as romantic and delicious as any gluten-eaters’ – and then some. Turns out, Valentine’s Day is a great time to be gluten-free, so forward this link to your Friday Night date, and watch the gluten-free sparks fly.
1. Your date has to get creative.
While chocolates and heart shaped cookies are well and good, they’re more than a little overdone. When you’re gluten-free on Valentine’s Day, your date has no choice but to get creative. It’s for their own good – the old tried and true traditions of V-Day desperately need to be revamped. While there’s no way around the inevitable appearance of stuffed animals and cheesy greeting cards (there could be gluten on the envelope’s seal…?), your gluten sensitivity is a get out of jail free card this holiday. Looking for gluten-free gift ideas? Beautiful Sweets Organic Bakery offers Valentine’s Day Cookie Gift Sets, Cookies By Design has an impressive gluten-free basket selection, and Well Baskets even offer a well-stocked gluten-free gift basket, available for quick delivery on Amazon. If you’re looking to go the homemade route, check out Pinterest for Valentine’s themed dessert and dinner recipes.
2. Wine will be involved.
As you well know, wine is almost always gluten-free. This means you can wine and dine with the best of them this Valentine’s Day. Those of us that are gluten-free usually know our way around the wine aisle pretty well by now, so put your skills to good use and capitalize on the holiday’s affinity for wine. If you’re not a fan, champagne is usually gluten-free as well, so pop the bubbly and enjoy your night.
3. Flowers are gluten-free.
The old standby of flowers on Valentine’s Day is unaffected by the gluten-free lifestyle. Whether this is good news or bad depends on whether you’re the one buying, or receiving. All we can say is it’s a simple fallback if you’re short on ideas; and the romance of a dozen roses has proven to be pretty timeless. As allergy sensitive people, double check that your date isn’t allergic to flowers – you’ll get bonus points for your thoughtfulness.
4. Romance knows no gluten.
The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with good old fashioned romance. After all the gifts, elaborate meals, and gluten-free desserts, the real fun is in the time you spend with friends, family, and partners. Take the day (and night) to finally do the things you’ve been talking about for months: watch movies, try a new recipe, go skiing, meet up with old friends, or dig through old photos and home movies. The day is all about sharing love with those closest to you; no gluten required.
5. There ARE gluten-free candy options.
But seriously, there is no Valentine’s Day without candy. Even the most avid V-Day haters can’t resist sneaking some heart shaped Reeses or candy hearts on February 14th. So, which heart shaped sweets are gluten-free and which aren’t? Check out our comprehensive Candy list, which provides a Gluten Free Confidence Score for each item. The famous Sweethearts, made by Necco, are gluten-free and safe to eat – but be sure to check the ingredients on candy hearts made by other companies. Check the status of your other favorite candies on our Food List.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the GFB! How are you celebrating your gluten-free Valentine’s Day? Share your favorite V-Day indulgences with us in the comments section below!