Chris O’Kelley

Chris O’Kelley

What is new to eat in restaurants this winter?  That’s the big question.  It seems like at the start of each new quarter of the year, the new stuff rolls out.  You also see it in the fall when it’s pumpkin season.  The same thing happens in the summer for peach and watermelon flavors.  Christmas becomes crazy with Little Debbie cakes and peppermint.

This February for Valentine’s Day is no different.  Those offers for Valentine’s dinner specials and flowers soon will be showing up on your social media feeds.  So get ready.  What about those who are single and not participating in the month of love?

February Means New Foods

We have some great new items in stores and restaurants for the Valentine’s holiday.  You see a lot of these:

  • Little Debbie Snack Cakes
  • Peanut Butter Cups shaped like hearts.
  • The Brocks Tiny Message Candy’s
  • The hearts of chocolate
  • The Valentine’s Fun Dip
  • M & M’s

All of these are traditional and standard but there are some new items out for a limited time and we’ll hit those and introduce you to them shortly.

From The Did You Know File About Valentines

According to Good Housekeeping these are some pretty wild facts about Valentine’s Day

  • 250 million roses are grown for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Getting a red rose represents love.
  • Americans spent $26 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day in 2023.
  • $193.00 is the average we’ll spend this year.
  • 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged on February 14th.
  • Around 27 million households spend around $751 million dollars on their pets for Valentine’s.
  • What about jewelry? 5.5 billion dollars will be spent on bling.

Being single in February isn’t so bad after all.

So while you are out and about this Valentine’s season and ask, what is new to eat, you can thank love for some of these great new menu items.

  • Dairy Queen

    Just in time for Valentine’s, Americas favorite place for a treat has upped their game.   How can they make the Blizzard better? Well, they have and they did it with Red Velvet Cake.  The greatest cake ever meets the greatest ice cream treat ever.  Don’t even try to fuss about this one.   They have also introduced The Love Triangle.  Red Velvet Cake pieces with cream cheese icing and they add the famous DQ soft serve ice cream.

  • Wendy's

    Wendy’s is known for its chocolate Frosty being one of the best treats you can get at a fast food restaurant.  Back in May of 2023, Wendy’s gave the the vanilla Frosty a little time off. In that time they had some different flavors that included summer strawberry,  pumpkin for the Fall and peppermint for Christmas.  Now the vanilla is back, what’s next?  I’m sure they have something on deck.  Until then, lets go get some fries and start dipping.

  • Sour Patch Kid Candy

    Another treat that is making a change for the Valentine’s holiday is one that you may not think of when it comes to love.  The Sour Patch Kids just brought back Sour Hearts.  Unless you just love sour candy and can’t get enough of these, you may not want to receive these for Valentines Day!   Someone maybe sending you a message.  For the second year in a row, it’s black hearts, Black Raspberry Sour Hearts.  Stay on her good side and you will not have to worry about this.  

  • Krispy Kreme

    Krispy Kreme is no stranger to doing specialty doughnuts and why would Valentines be different.  They killed it at Christmas with the Elf themed doughnuts.  They were so popular that it was hard to get them.  So that tell me that you may want to be quick to the draw on these.  The are also offering for the big game, football themed doughnuts as well.  Those would be a great dessert to bring to the big game party

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