Dinner? Chocolates? Roses? A teddy bear?
Please. We know that’s not your style. Impress your crush by shedding the commercial trappings of “Heart Day,” and invite next-level romance and fun with these snack and date pairings.
Snack & Date Pairing 1: Sunset Hike + Coconut Snacks
Sunset hikes make great dates. The gorgeous foliage, the sweet fresh air, and the stunning backdrop of a pink and gold sunset all create instant romance.
When you escape from city crowds, long lines, and noisy bars and restaurants, you might actually be able to hear what your date is saying. (We’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.) A sunset hike also touts your thoughtfulness, which leads to our biggest tip if you choose this snack and date pairing: plan ahead.
Find out where to park, make sure you know exactly what time the sun sets on date night, and plan your hiking route to be sure you reach a good midway resting point at that crucial moment when the sun dips down. When properly planned, this romantic date will feel effortless.
We’re not saying you’re not sweet enough to please your partner, but the apple of your eye might also be a little bit hungry from your hike. Show your date you have a few more tricks up your sleeve by pulling out Nutiva O’Coconut Classic and O’Coconut Hemp & Chia Treats. These treats are organic, non-GMO, fair trade, and low in calories. (Your thoughtfulness is really showing now.) Let’s just say these coconut goodies taste sweet, robust, and lovable—just like you!
Snack & Date Pairing 2: Strawberry Picking + Dark Chocolate barkThins
If this date goes well, the Best Man at your wedding might work this romantic story into his speech:
“…they thought they were just harvesting fruit that day. But really, they were harvesting their budding young love.”
Maybe not. Still, picking sweet berries is super fun, and it’s a great way to get to know someone. And if things aren’t going well, you can always focus your attention on finding the best berries and blame your stony silence on a steadfast commitment to quality fruit.
If the date does go well, you can follow up with a lesson on how to make homemade jam. How adorable are you?
Strawberries and dark chocolate make a winning combination. Can’t you just taste it? The perfect whenever, whyever chocolate snacks, barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond and Dark Chocolate Pretzel will taste glorious after you’ve picked (and tasted) some fresh strawberries. These snackable barks are made with non-GMO Project Verified ingredients that will leave your adventure on a high note. As a bonus, the antioxidant-rich dark chocolate in barkTHINS is made with certified fair-trade ingredients.
Snack & Date Pairing 3: Art Gallery + Stroopwafel
You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to impress your date at an art gallery. Consider each work a super-convenient conversation starter just waiting for you say something charming and original (as you stare pensively, of course). The perfect opportunity to show your deep side.
The Snack: Daelmans Caramel Stroopwafel from the The Brand Passport
The odds are pretty good that any art museum you choose will have at least one piece created by someone from the Netherlands. (Look it up beforehand just to be safe.) When you start getting hungry, usher your date to the Dutch section and spout a fun fact about one of the pieces. (Repeat: do your research beforehand, or this won’t work.) Then, suddenly remember that you have the perfect snack in your bag. Shall we enjoy our stroopwafels in the sculpture garden, mon cher?
Daelmans’ Caramel Stroopwafels are utterly delicious. Do not miss your chance to make sure your date forever associates you with something this good. Daelmans has been making their stroopwafels for over a hundred years – way before they were trendy. The makers use only the finest ingredients available, ingredients that you and your date will love enjoying together.
If your date seems to love the stroopwafel, it might be a classy move to be “too full” to finish yours.
Snack & Date Pairing 4: Outdoor Movie + Sea Salt Popcorn
We’re so glad outdoor movies are on every city’s menu these days. There’s something magical about watching a technology-powered story unfold under the backdrop of the vast night sky. Plus, outdoor movies make better dates than theater movies because you can talk a little bit and nobody tosses gummy bears at you.
Best of all, you can bring your snacks to an outdoor movie.
Tip: If it’s not the season for outdoor movies in your area, try your luck with this drive-in movie finder: http://www.driveinmovie.com/
The Snack: Angie’s BoomChickaPop Sea Salt Popcorn
Angie’s BoomChickaPop Sea Salt Popcorn beats that old bucket of synthetic buttery movie-theater popcorn. Angie’s is healthier than the traditional alternative, and it also won’t make your hands gross and greasy, which is the last thing you want if any romantic hand-holding is going to happen. This light popcorn is free of preservatives, trans fats, and gluten. It has only 35 calories per cup, so you don’t even have to count the kernels.
Snack & Date Pairing 5: Alpine Scrambling + Meat Sticks
Take your date scrambling and you’ll definitely get points for originality. Alpine scrambling is a hybrid of hiking and rock climbing that doesn’t require any gear, serious skills, or training. Scrambling happens when you want to scale some rocky terrain that’s not steep enough for ropes, but also isn’t flat enough to climb using your feet alone. So you crouch down on all fours and scramble.
Tip: Make sure you search for “alpine scrambling near me” or “mountain scrambling near me” to avoid long lists of breakfast joints.
Tip Part 2: If your search doesn’t return any recommended scrambles, you can go find your own. But be careful! Beginning scrambles should be flat enough that you can slip and not slide down the slope.
You and your date are about to get feral, so you need a rugged snack to match your ferocity. Enter Vermont Smoke & Cure Original Beef & Pork Sticks. Sit on your scramble peak and tear (wildly) into these delicious meat sticks. The sticks are made from lean beef and pork with plenty of protein and no added hormones or antibiotics. Their spicy, savory flavor makes a well-earned reward. Plus, the lean sticks will give you plenty of energy to persevere on the way back down the incline. (Just FYI, the way down might be the hardest part. Silver lining: You’ll definitely know if your date has a sense of humor by the end of your excursion.)