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Eight Years of Chocolate Blogging & a Valentine’s Day Giveaway #86

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Giveaways | 14th February 2017 | By

Happy Valentine’s Day. Today is of course a very important day for lovers. For me, however, Valentines Day has additional meaning. it’s the day CT and I set off on our year long adventure around the Antipodes and the day we arrived back home. It’s also the day I started my blog, Chocolate Log Blog, as it was then. So to celebrate this love of all things chocolate, I have a box of luscious chocolates from Hotel Chocolat for one lucky chocolate lover – a Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

Now that Chocolate Log Blog has morphed into Tin and Thyme, I don’t do as much chocolate blogging as I used to, but it’s still very much a passion and I create at least one new chocolate recipe a month. I’m also still running the monthly chocolate blogging challenge, We Should Cocoa. Astonishingly, this has been going for over six years now. Where does the time go?

To mark this blogiversay and my enduring love of chocolate, Hotel Chocolat sent me The Valentine’s. This box of heart shaped delights is from their Sleekster range and contains 27 delectable chocolates. Flavours include a fiery hazelnut praline with habanero chilli, salted espresso, honey, prosecco and gin and passion fruit cream. I love them all, but I was most surprised by the buttered rum, which I think might be my new favourite chocolate.

Valentines Day Giveaway

Anyway, this anniversary is a celebration of my readers too. This blog and the recipes I create would not exist if it wasn’t for you. Thank you so much for reading my posts, trying out my recipes and commenting. A special thank you goes to those who have stuck with me through the years – you deserve a medal! So to the giveaway.

The Valentine Sleekster is obviously no longer appropriate after today. Be not disappointed. For my Valentine’s Day Giveaway, I have a splendid Mother’s Day Sleekster to offer instead. A whopping 350g of dark, milk and white chocolates are filled with pralines, caramel, fruity truffles and tipsy ones too. If you want to get organised for Mother’s Day, which falls on the 26th March this year, this box is available at Hotel Chocolat retail outlets or online for £22.50.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Hotel Chocolate is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader a Hotel Chocolat Mother’s Day Sleekster box worth £22.50. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received who will then be contacted via e-mail. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 3 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives. 

Valentine's Day Giveaway

The Mother’s Day Sleekster is offered and provided by Hotel Chocolat and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.

Closing date is Tuesday 14 March 2017 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.

Hotel Chocolate Valentine’s Day

 I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Valentine Sleekster as a thank you. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. Tracy K Nixon

    14th February 2017 at 10:34 am

    It is a day to spend time with your loved ones, whether it is a partner, your family or a pet. And if you are completely on your own, you can treat yourself to something you love or enjoy!

    • Emma Eminoglu

      1st March 2017 at 12:20 pm

      To appreciate your better half.

  2. Jo Glasspool

    14th February 2017 at 10:35 am

    Its a day to spoil and be spoilt. Just have fun together.

  3. Rebecca Nisbet

    14th February 2017 at 10:35 am

    another expense!! but a good reason to get spoilt!!

  4. Tracey Peach

    14th February 2017 at 10:39 am

    Nothing much to be honest because I’m single I just treat it as a normal day But I do love Hotel Chocolat 🙂 x

  5. Peter Watson

    14th February 2017 at 10:42 am

    Valentine’s Day is a celebration of lust and lust means choccies.

  6. Debbie Smith

    14th February 2017 at 1:05 pm

    for me it means getting flowers and my partner being nice to me lol xx

  7. Laura

    14th February 2017 at 1:20 pm

    It means a time to enjoy all the pretty things that people put out. I don’t really go for Valentine’s Day in the typical sense because I don’t think a special day is needed to show someone you love them. Heart and flower shaped goodies are never a bad thing though!

  8. Corina

    14th February 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I love Hotel Chocolat and would love to win this! To me Valentine’s day is all about having a great day spending time with my husband and children

  9. Katie Skeoch

    14th February 2017 at 2:09 pm

    It’s a day where I remind myself how lucky I am to have my partner & gorgeous boys around me.

  10. Angie McDonald

    14th February 2017 at 3:25 pm

    To me it’s just a day that represents the love that we all appreciate

  11. William Gould

    14th February 2017 at 3:38 pm

    It really doesn’t mean that much as we’ve been married for so long. It meant an “extra effort of wooing day” when I was younger and single though! lol

  12. Tania Atfield

    14th February 2017 at 3:58 pm

    It means a day to cherish with each other – if we have the time

  13. emma walters

    14th February 2017 at 4:36 pm

    a day to just take five in the mad rush of the morning and have that extra hug and cup of tea together

  14. Isabel O

    14th February 2017 at 5:40 pm

    It doesn’t really mean that much to be honest as I’m single but I’ll still curl up with a good book and my cat snuggled up on my feet this evening. 🙂

  15. Kim M

    14th February 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I think it’s a lovely day to make that extra effort for your loved one to show them how much you care x

  16. Kim Neville

    14th February 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Having some romantic time with my OH and a nice Italian meal, prosecco and praline chocolates

    • Clara E

      14th March 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I’d love to win some of these yummy chocs

  17. Shaheen

    14th February 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Choclette. Blogging world has changed so much and there are only a few blogs I follow loyally, though I may not always comment and yours is one of them. I am genuinely so happy for you and truly wish you many many good years of blogging and happiness with your CT.

    • Choclette

      14th February 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Shaheen. Blogging has truly changed, so I do really appreciate comments and interaction from my vintage blogging friends.

  18. frances hopkins

    14th February 2017 at 7:10 pm

    We don’t really do a lot on valentines day, I just think love should be shown all year – not just on one day x

  19. laura banks

    14th February 2017 at 8:20 pm

    we usually end up celebrating it on a weekend near to the day if it falls on a weekday so its not really a special day as such to us

  20. Iris W

    14th February 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Blogaversiary. We don’t really do anything special on Valentines Day, but I would love these chocolates though and would share with my loved ones

    • Choclette

      15th February 2017 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Iris. I’m all into sharing the chocolate love 🙂

  21. Sophie Roberts

    14th February 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t see it as a particularly special day, it’s crazy to express how you feel about someone on one day of the year. It should be all year round!

  22. Suelle

    14th February 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Valentine’s Day used to be a day when people could let others know that they had romantic intentions, although as Valentine’s cards were anonymous and not signed with real names, I’m not sure how that worked! It would be nice to go back to a gentler sort of celebration, and take the emphasis off spending money!

    • Choclette

      15th February 2017 at 9:38 am

      Yes, so true Suelle. It’s rather sad that it’s become associated with so much commercial hype.

  23. Anthony Harrington

    14th February 2017 at 9:44 pm

    It means a lot to us as our Daughter was born on a Valentines Day, so extra special

    • Choclette

      15th February 2017 at 9:37 am

      Oh how lovely. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  24. Jeanette

    14th February 2017 at 9:46 pm

    It’s just a nice way to think about my family and be thankful for them.

  25. Virginia C.

    14th February 2017 at 9:55 pm

    It is not a particularly special day for me. I think it’s quite commercial and an excuse to get people to spend money. I much prefer romantic gestures like cooking a meal for my partner or going for a long walk with him.

  26. Scott

    14th February 2017 at 10:01 pm

    All I want is chocolate chocolate chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day to me 🙂 lol

  27. Stephanie Coals

    14th February 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Have to admit that i’m not a fan of it, I think the idea behind it is lovely but it has now become so over commercialised and present focused that it’s lost its meaning for me.

  28. Linda

    14th February 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversaries, funny how some dates are are occurring theme in our lives. Love the idea of creating a new recipe every month, where does the inspiration come from?

    • Choclette

      15th February 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Linda. Feb 14th is definitely an interesting day for me, but not in the obvious sense. Inspiration for creating recipes probably comes from thinking about food far too much.

  29. Jenna Parrington

    14th February 2017 at 11:54 pm

    For me it’s all about letting the person you love know how much they mean to you. It’s not all about the gifts.

  30. Spencer Broadley

    15th February 2017 at 10:29 am

    Absolutely nothing – it is too cmomercialised and over-priced. A card and a home-made meal at home with possibly candles and wine is all that is needed

  31. Eb Gargano

    15th February 2017 at 11:41 am

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Wow 8 years – you must have seen a lot of changes in blogging over the last 8 years…wishing you many more years of happy blogging! Eb x

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Eb. Indeed, things are vastly different now, but I’m hoping I can hang on in there for a few more years yet.

  32. Helen Thurston

    15th February 2017 at 12:14 pm

    We don’t do much more than a card for Valentines Day (and some years we don’t even do that!) – far too commercialised. Having said that – nothing like a Happy Valentines Day text to make me smile 🙂

  33. Jennifer Bruce

    15th February 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Valentine’s day is a nice excuse for a bit of fun, even if it with not spending any money. We find our own way, our favourite meal, a “no tech” night and family time.

  34. Donna S

    15th February 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Valentine’s day means a nice meal probably a takeaway and some chocolates … or flowers… maybe both

  35. Solange

    15th February 2017 at 4:54 pm

    A day to celebrate love.

  36. Natalie Crossan

    15th February 2017 at 9:36 pm

    A celebration of love…. and chocs….. and champers 😉 😀

  37. felicity smith

    15th February 2017 at 9:46 pm

    it’s my birthday so it means never going out in a group with friends as places don’t want a group booking and your friends are all off with their significant other anyway…

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Oh nooooooooo! Perhaps you could have an official birthday and then you can choose your own date.

  38. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    15th February 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Congratulations! 14 Feb is a significant day for you and the chocolates look lovely. Now you just need to organise another trip to the Antipodes to celebrate 🙂

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hahaha, indeed that would be wonderful Johanna, especially as I now have family living in Melbourne.

  39. melanie stirling

    16th February 2017 at 12:23 am

    Valentines day isn’t very different to any other day to me,my husband and I tell each other we love them about 20 times a day anyway.I did get nice flowers and a card though.

  40. Helen Moulden

    16th February 2017 at 9:11 am

    I think it’s a day where companies make a lot of money. Romance shouldn’t be about just one day, it should be everyday.

  41. Victoria Prince

    16th February 2017 at 10:38 am

    To me Valentine’s Day is a day to make your loved one feel particularly special, and celebrate your love for each other

  42. Jinger Kat

    16th February 2017 at 11:56 am

    These chocolates look so special, I’m sure they taste great too. I’m a huge chocoholic


    16th February 2017 at 6:19 pm

    everyday is love and valetines day

  44. Natalie White

    16th February 2017 at 8:27 pm

    A chance to spoil each other! 🙂

  45. kate kathurima

    17th February 2017 at 12:40 am

    Valentine is just another day me and my husband as one of us is always working

  46. Sarahann Tonner

    17th February 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Fir me, Valentines day is just a bit of din. I don’t take it seriously, we don’t exchange lavish gifts and are quite happy just using it as an excuse for more chocolate.

  47. Jayne Townson

    17th February 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Valentine’s Days to me means chocolate! We don’t bother with cards as it just seems an excuse for the card shops to make money, but I do like having a box of yummy valentines day chocolates.

  48. Kirsty Fox

    18th February 2017 at 7:00 pm

    It’s time for me and my husband to spend together, just us.

  49. sam macaree

    18th February 2017 at 8:51 pm

    i’m currently single so it means nothing to me! (except cheap chocolate in the days after!)

  50. Kat Lucas

    18th February 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Valentines means taking extra time and effort to show your partner how much you care about them

  51. Sirley Young

    19th February 2017 at 7:39 am

    It’s a good excuse to go heart mad in my planner 🙂

  52. Holly

    19th February 2017 at 11:08 am

    It means a warm breeze in the air and a spring in your step

  53. Laura Nice

    19th February 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Just to have time alone with my partner which we every rarely do.

  54. Judith

    19th February 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Treat my mum to a day out and always have chocolates. Happy Mothers Day

  55. Samantha O'D

    19th February 2017 at 10:59 pm

    We don’t do valentines day, it’s not really a big deal to us

  56. clair downham

    21st February 2017 at 4:56 pm

    nothing as we have got older we are always too busy with the kids

  57. Kim Styles

    22nd February 2017 at 3:17 pm

    An excuse for a meal out !!

  58. Liam Bishop

    24th February 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Just showing my wife how much I still love her. We don’t go mad, but we do something together and make time for it.

  59. Tee simpson

    24th February 2017 at 9:29 pm

    It means a day where I think about loved ones past and present

  60. Lin Martin

    25th February 2017 at 9:22 am

    A day to remind us how we should all be more loving, to everyone everyday and chocolate should always be quality!

  61. Emma Ferguson

    25th February 2017 at 9:24 am

    It is a day to show how much you love that person

  62. Katie

    25th February 2017 at 10:03 am

    Just a day to exchange a card and remind each other of our love x

  63. Elaine Savage

    25th February 2017 at 10:14 am

    Celebrating the very day we met, 42 years ago!

  64. Rob Hutchinson

    25th February 2017 at 10:46 am

    Valentine’s Day means nothing to me – it’s just a day, like any other day.

  65. Susan Lloyd

    25th February 2017 at 11:30 am

    It’s a good excuse for us to spoil each other x

  66. Laura Todd

    25th February 2017 at 11:44 am

    Valentines day mean to me a special day to celebrate love & have a few chocs!

  67. Harline Parkin

    25th February 2017 at 11:44 am

    To me it’s a time to rekindle a relationship with a loved one when sometimes in the year you just don’t get the chance for that lovely romance with both of us working

  68. iain maciver

    25th February 2017 at 11:54 am

    a bit of pampering for my wife

  69. lia sturman

    25th February 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Valentine’s day means a nice meal probably a takeaway and some chocolates

  70. Romana Richards

    25th February 2017 at 12:15 pm

    It means little to us now. We did celebrate it when first courting, then we were married, kids came along, work became busy, kids now left and married and we have retired and sort of celebrate it continually by loving companionship. We enjoy and excuse to make a special meal whether it’s chineses new year, national sweet potato day or valentines. However, I am partial to the odd very nice chocolate treat, bunch of daisies or great tasting tipple but that is an expected ‘surprise’ year-round.

    • Choclette

      25th February 2017 at 12:53 pm

      All sounds just as it should be. But now I want to know about sweet potato day 🙂

  71. pete c

    25th February 2017 at 1:25 pm

    an opportunity to express the love you have for your partner

  72. kim wallace

    25th February 2017 at 1:55 pm

    we have been married 27 years so just another day as every day special

  73. Jennifer hull

    25th February 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Nice day to share a meal and choc

  74. Beverley Cousins

    25th February 2017 at 2:38 pm

    To pen quality time together doing things you would not normally do

  75. Hazel Rea

    25th February 2017 at 3:27 pm

    A day to spend with my husband – we’ve been married over 30 years.

  76. Brad Start

    25th February 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Hotel Chocolat is so yummy, I’d love to win it for my mummy!

  77. kat pope

    25th February 2017 at 4:10 pm

    absolutely nothing. i’ve been single for a very very long time!

  78. Polly Rogers

    25th February 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Just another day..

  79. Angela Treadway

    25th February 2017 at 6:56 pm

    to be honest you should show your partner you care everyday, not just valentines day x

  80. Claire C

    25th February 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Valentine’s Day for me is a bit of fun. A chance to show your loved one you care about them, and to do something nice. Me and my husband always treat it as a fun day, a chance for a silly present and to appreciate what we have.

  81. Natalie

    25th February 2017 at 7:37 pm

    The day to show the one you love that you love them and spoil them a bit 🙂

  82. Maria Hackett

    25th February 2017 at 9:18 pm

    a day with the family. we usually go out for a meal but this year we have twin babies so we just did a takeaway. x

  83. Lorraine Mabbitt

    25th February 2017 at 9:38 pm

    It’s a day of romance with the person you are dating or been with a long time

  84. Cath Joyce

    25th February 2017 at 10:21 pm

    It’s a day to appreciate loved ones

  85. Alix boswell

    26th February 2017 at 1:01 am

    Another day to waste money – be single and buy yourself cake instead!

  86. Keith Hunt

    26th February 2017 at 7:06 am

    Not a lot as we gave up getting gifts and just take a posh holiday each year.

  87. Jennifer Haden

    26th February 2017 at 8:44 am

    Valentine’s is a day where we get to show our love to those we don’t normally always remind, that we do indeed love and cherish them greatly 🙂 x

  88. Claire Woods

    26th February 2017 at 10:17 am

    Showing the person I love that I love them.

  89. Hannah Scudder

    26th February 2017 at 11:02 am

    It is a good excuse for a date night with your partner.


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  91. kelly wheelhouse

    26th February 2017 at 1:11 pm

    valentine’s day is just another day to me. the way I feel is that if you love someone you show it every day of the year, one day shouldn’t be any different to the others 🙂

  92. Caroline Hunter

    26th February 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I think it’s just an nice day to say I love you to someone special in your life. I know some people are a bit bah humbug about it but it doesn’t have to cost anything. To cook some one a nice meal or have an extra cuddle is enough 🙂

  93. jo liddement

    26th February 2017 at 4:45 pm

    We don’t usually celebrate Valentines Day but this year we actually crossed the border from Cornwall into Devon and went for a nice meal at an Italian restaurant.

  94. Lindsey Stuart

    26th February 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I actually really enjoy Valentines 🙂 To me it means date night! 🙂 I either prepare a nice meal at home for my partner and I or we go out! This year I made a lovely steak dinner and I was treated to lovely flowers and candles! To me it isn’t about giving it is just nice to have a romantic evening in together 🙂

  95. Sheena Batey

    26th February 2017 at 5:27 pm

    It shouldn’t really be any different to any other day but it makes you stop and consider each other. The same goes for Mother’s day.

  96. Suzanne O'Neill

    26th February 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Its the day when i go into work and come out in the daylight 🙂

  97. E.O'Brien

    27th February 2017 at 10:24 am

    Take time out to appreciate each other and reminisce about the old times together and when you met, or got engaged or married.


    27th February 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Valentines day for me means showing my family even more how much i love them by having love themed stuff such as for breakfast we have love heart pancakes

  99. maria blythin

    27th February 2017 at 7:53 pm

    it means love and fun to me and its also my wedding anniversary on valentines day x

    • Choclette

      28th February 2017 at 7:57 am

      A double celebration. I hope you had a lovely day.

  100. Rachel Craig

    27th February 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Valentine’s Day is for Celebrating Romantic Love. A Delicios meal and night at the theatre can be a wonderful way to Celebrate Valentines with a loved one.

  101. Judith Allen

    27th February 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I’m not really a fan, especially not of all the commercial pressure. It’s just a day. Though chocolate is always welcome.

  102. Tracy Newton

    28th February 2017 at 1:19 pm

    To me, Valentines Day means spending time with your loved ones.

  103. Angela Kelly

    28th February 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t think you should need a special day to tell someone you love them.

  104. Alison Johnson

    28th February 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Love the chocolates & flowers but to be honest every day is Valentines Day with my Hubby. He is very romantic & I know I am lucky.

  105. Ann-Marie Gould

    28th February 2017 at 10:19 pm

    i dont have a partner but i think its a nice day to spoil someone you love and spend time with family

  106. Zoe C

    28th February 2017 at 10:23 pm

    An excuse to spend even more time with my husband!

  107. Alexandra Dixon-Mersh

    28th February 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Chocolates and a lovely meal!

  108. sofie

    28th February 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Valentine’s day is a wonderful idea to think about loved ones, that has sadly turned too commercial

  109. barbara daniels

    28th February 2017 at 10:28 pm

    spending time with each other and being generous and loving

  110. Christine Forbes

    28th February 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I love Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the very rare occasions my husband & I have a night out without the children!

  111. Rachel Smith

    28th February 2017 at 10:31 pm

    It’s time for me and my boyfriend to spend quality time together

  112. Colette Booth

    28th February 2017 at 10:31 pm

    A day to tressure with the special women in your family and to feel treasured

  113. Louise Comb

    28th February 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Being honest, Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that much to me and me fella. We used to buy each other cards, and have a special meal. But the thing is, I’m a very lucky lady when it comes to love. Every day is like Valentine’s Day, so we don’t really need a ‘special’ day to celebrate it. Having said that, we would still give these yummy chocs a very good home, if I’m lucky enough to win 🙂

  114. Ali Thorpe

    28th February 2017 at 10:44 pm

    It’s a day to spoil one another but I think it’s good to make the effort all year round.

  115. Lisa Buckley

    28th February 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Being soppy with my other half…and staying at home for a nice meal

  116. Jan Beal

    28th February 2017 at 10:56 pm

    A time to appreciate the years we’ve spent together and the love we still share

  117. Alica

    28th February 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Not a lot now we have been married for 11 years, we don’t bother with it any more, we treat each other all year long 🙂

  118. Huw Jones

    28th February 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Had a taste of these in their store the other day, if I don’t win will definitely be buying my mother a box!!

  119. Emily Turner

    28th February 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Despite believing that Valentine’s Day is far too commercialised, and that I love my boyfriend every day of the year, I love setting aside a special day to appreciate each other and show our love 🙂

  120. glenn hutton

    28th February 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I think it is a bit of a con as if you do not show it all year round then what’s the point? Invented consumerism, but yes I do buy a card and some chocs… 🙂

  121. Paul Wilson

    28th February 2017 at 11:37 pm

    If you’re a bloke it means you have to pay through the nose, or your really pay the price.

  122. Helen W

    28th February 2017 at 11:49 pm

    It’s a day to spend time with loved ones. and show them that you appreciate them.

  123. Jodie Cook

    1st March 2017 at 12:26 am

    It is a day to stop and think about how much you appreciate your loved ones and show them you care.

  124. Rich Tyler

    1st March 2017 at 2:04 am

    It means making sure the other person knows how much you think of them

  125. Maxine G

    1st March 2017 at 6:35 am

    We don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, it just seems a shame that it takes a ‘day’ to tell someone special how special they are to you!

  126. Emily Knight

    1st March 2017 at 6:54 am

    It doesn’t really mean anything to us! We get each other a card, but that’s it – it’s all a bit too commercialised for us…

  127. Fiona K

    1st March 2017 at 6:55 am

    To me it is an excuse to buy chocolates and flowers

  128. Jane Allen

    1st March 2017 at 7:03 am

    Not a great deal really. I have never bothered much with Valentines day. I do like the discount valentines chocolate in the shops after though!

  129. Kelly Miotti

    1st March 2017 at 7:14 am

    Just another day. You should spoil and show your love everyday, not just because convention says you should. Still I will always get my partner a small card and maybe a little treat or a night away in a local English pub.

  130. T. Brailey

    1st March 2017 at 8:05 am

    Cared for, loved, respected and happy. I love valentines day as it makes you feel as one.

  131. Andrew Petrie

    1st March 2017 at 8:37 am

    Valentine’s day to me is a very good meal with a very good bottle. And just the two of us.

  132. Helen Tovell

    1st March 2017 at 9:27 am

    The chance to spoil the ones you love

  133. Laura Jeffs

    1st March 2017 at 9:28 am

    Valentines Day doesn’t mean a great deal to me, to be honest..if you love your partner you cherish them every day, not just one day a year..Having said that, my hubby and I do tend to go out for a nice meal on Valentines Day

  134. Helen Tovell

    1st March 2017 at 9:30 am

    The chance to spend time with and spoil those you love, not just your partner

  135. Bob Clark

    1st March 2017 at 9:46 am

    A time to reflect on 35 years of happy marriage

  136. Claire Nutman

    1st March 2017 at 10:18 am

    Answering honestly, nothing but a chance for commercialism to shine its light, we are romantic throughout the year and make time genuinely, not when society tell us too !

  137. Freya Knudsen

    1st March 2017 at 10:52 am

    It doesn’t mean a huge amount to me as my partner is nice to me all year round and loving although its the one time of year where I might get a bunch of flowers.

  138. Clare Hubbard

    1st March 2017 at 11:33 am

    It’s just another day for us, we don’t sent cards to each other but we do try and sit down together after the children go to bed.

  139. Marycarol

    1st March 2017 at 11:37 am

    A wee meal out with my husband and some time for ourselves x

  140. Lorraine Stone

    1st March 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Being spoilt, maybe with flowers and chocolates too! Time for a cuddle-up on the sofa.

  141. Mark Johnson

    1st March 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Valetines Day is a very commercial day, a day for tokens and avoidance of commercialism

  142. Helen Winson

    1st March 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Is a day to cherish and spoil, loved ones!

  143. Fiona Martin

    1st March 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Valentines Day for me is a day to spend quality time with your loved ones, make an effort, spend the evening together away from tablets and phones!

  144. Christine Taylor

    1st March 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It means giving cards and having cuddles, maybe dinner for two at home or a movie night – nothing flash x

  145. Jamielee Wells

    1st March 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Valentines day is a day to spend with loved ones. Im not a huge celebrator of valentines day to be honest as i feel you should be able to celebrate your love any day of the year

  146. Lauren Tourle

    1st March 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Its a day to spend time with your loved ones and show them how much you appreciate them 🙂

  147. Louise Smith

    1st March 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Its the day one of the year we get to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner together and the only time my hubby sends me flowers!

  148. Debbie W

    1st March 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Unfortunately it means nothing to my husband so we don’t celebrate it, but we see eye to eye on most things so I tend to let him off the hook!

  149. Alison

    1st March 2017 at 1:18 pm

    It means nothing to me as Im single

  150. Louise A

    1st March 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Doesn’t mean much to me, we have never celebrated it either by way of card or present

  151. maddlena dalton

    1st March 2017 at 1:57 pm

    It means romance and showing your other half you care

  152. Laura H

    1st March 2017 at 2:12 pm

    It’s something special between me and my partner that doesn’t involve the kids!

  153. Jo Young

    1st March 2017 at 2:49 pm

    It doesn’t mean much as we don’t celebrate it.

  154. Carole E

    1st March 2017 at 2:51 pm

    It’s a nice chance to spend some time with loved ones. We don’t have to spend money on presents. Time is more precious.

  155. Heidi Brown

    1st March 2017 at 4:17 pm


  156. AshenFox

    1st March 2017 at 5:33 pm

    A chance to show my other half that they are

  157. greig spencer

    1st March 2017 at 6:07 pm

    a good reason to get spoilt

  158. Phillipa ODonovan

    1st March 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Nothing much, I think it puts pressure on people to impress, especially with social media. My partner and I ignore it completely

  159. Sam McKean

    1st March 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Valentines is a lovely way to show someone how much they mean to you

  160. Steven S

    1st March 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Being honest, very little. Comes soon after Xmas, my B’day and our Anniversary. Everything is expensive so would rather leave for another time and really treat my wife to a special day. We do discuss though so I know we are on the same page.

  161. Alan Chung

    1st March 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Valentines Day is about spending time with your loved ones and making them know they are special

  162. Emma Wallace

    1st March 2017 at 8:23 pm

    To be honest Valentines has lost its appeal over the years now that Im married – but I still celebrate it with a takeaway and small (non-romantic) gift

  163. Jo Carroll

    1st March 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I treat Valentine’s Day in a similar way to how I treat Mother’s Day…it’s an unashamed opportunity to tell your nearest and dearest how much they really mean to you. We don’t say it enough in day to day life do we?

  164. Elisabeth Ries

    1st March 2017 at 9:15 pm

    It might be seen as a bit commercial, but it is a nice day to make some time for your loved ones.

  165. Rachael G

    1st March 2017 at 9:25 pm

    A day to celebrate our relationship.

  166. Kellie McIntyre

    1st March 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Absolutely nothing-it’s just a normal day where flowers and chocolate prices increase!

  167. Kev C

    1st March 2017 at 9:42 pm

    its a chance to show mum some extra appreciation on her special day 🙂

  168. Sarah Birkett

    2nd March 2017 at 10:51 am

    over commercialised. more aimed at the under 25s I think. I dont like someone buying flowers because he “has” to, it doesnt mean anything

  169. Andy Burns

    2nd March 2017 at 11:00 am

    we dont go in for the commercial side what we do is come together as a family, make a lovely meal together and generally just have a special film night it with some extra goodies. My wife and i do however make our own cards for one another

  170. Claire Conniff

    2nd March 2017 at 11:34 am

    Its just another day in the calendar. I don’t need to be told a particular day to tell or show my partner I love them.

  171. Danielle Spencer

    2nd March 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Valentine’s day is a day to spend with your loved ones, doing things you love. Not buying over priced flowers or going out to eat! haha.

  172. Ruth Harwood

    2nd March 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Well, to me, it’s just a way for companies to make you buy stuff you don’t need!!

  173. Krzysia

    2nd March 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I’m afraid to say I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day. I would prefer to give or get given a pressie out of the blue rather than on a set date.

  174. Clare H

    2nd March 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I hate it! overhyped and just another excuse for the shops to get money out of you!

  175. Ursula Hunt

    3rd March 2017 at 11:31 am

    It means time to concentrate on your loved one

  176. leanne weir

    3rd March 2017 at 10:36 pm

    It means I should change the bed sheets. Only joking!

  177. Jo Hutchinson

    4th March 2017 at 12:06 am

    Valentines Day is about spoiling your loved one even if its just to show how much you love them still.

  178. Kirsten S

    4th March 2017 at 9:45 am

    Chocolate, lots of chocolate, and a reminder that my partner is the best. Then a little bit more chocolate.

  179. A.E. ADKINS

    4th March 2017 at 1:57 pm

    To be honest: not a great deal. We go out for a meal but not usually on the day itself as we are both too rubbish to book a table in time

  180. bella smyth

    4th March 2017 at 4:47 pm

    To be honest with you not a great deal. Its just another day and a waste of money, i hate wasting cash so if my partner came home with flowers id be very cross as we live with a strict budget and its hard enough as it is without spending cash we dont have.

  181. hali kinson

    4th March 2017 at 4:49 pm

    an excuse to go out for a meal!

  182. tammy westrup

    4th March 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Taking time out to say/show how much you care

  183. Ben Robb

    4th March 2017 at 5:00 pm

    making more of an effort to express my love + passion!

  184. Sam Rhodes

    4th March 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Means spending time and enjoying and appreciating the person you love!

  185. Kate Knight

    4th March 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Time to spend quality time with my boyfriend

  186. Kristy Brown

    4th March 2017 at 8:56 pm

    A chance to spoil my man but be disappointed that he forgot 🙂

  187. amy bondoc

    4th March 2017 at 9:06 pm

    i dont celebrate valentines day at all probably cause i never get a gift. id be lucky if hubby remembers our wedding anniversay!

  188. aaron reck

    4th March 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. There is not enough love in the world. I think it’s more about the love of all mankind and being good to each other promoting each other in a way that is positive and beneficial to all. Everyday should be Valentine’s Day!

  189. claire griffiths

    5th March 2017 at 1:45 am

    a day to spoil your loved ones

  190. Heather brannan

    5th March 2017 at 8:52 am

    It’s a super romantic day that you spend with your partner doing special things together

  191. Louise McArthur

    5th March 2017 at 10:40 am

    It’s a time for family I think, my son always runs me a bubble bath bless him

  192. Emma Lycett

    5th March 2017 at 10:46 am

    Nothing, we should spread light and love every day of the year

    • Choclette

      5th March 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Definitely Emma. If we all did that, the world would be a truly wonderful place.

  193. purpleshoes

    5th March 2017 at 12:02 pm

    another day to spend time with my husband, but I like to do that everyday

  194. Sarah Ann

    5th March 2017 at 1:39 pm

    It doesn’t mean much to us, we buy each other chocolates but don’t take it too seriously!

  195. Susan Smith

    5th March 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Oh wow, when i was younger it used to be the big think, sending and receiving cards, but i am now too long in the tooth to bother with it

  196. Lynne Oconnor

    5th March 2017 at 3:14 pm

    After over 30 years together it’s not really a big deal

  197. Linda Griffiths

    5th March 2017 at 8:12 pm

    it means spending time with the one you love

  198. Shannon O'Donnell

    6th March 2017 at 4:32 am

    It’s a day to show your loved ones how grateful you are for their love and support and a chance to return the favour with any number of gestures to fit the budget

  199. Susan Hoggett

    6th March 2017 at 11:16 am

    I must admit we don’t usually bother and prefer to save our money to put towards other things but I do like the idea of having a romantic day with my hubby.

  200. Sarah Rees

    6th March 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Not an awful lot really, we have been together years so we don’t really celebrate it at all. We usually celebrate our anniversary though

  201. Kirsty M

    6th March 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Like to have a nice meal for the family and a yummy desert but apart from that my hubby and I don’t do presents.

  202. Keri Jones

    6th March 2017 at 9:05 pm

    To me Valentines is just another day. My husband went all out for our very first Valentines together and I doubt he will ever be able to top it so we don’t celebrate x

  203. Christine Caple

    6th March 2017 at 10:55 pm

    We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have special days throughout the year though.

  204. Lisa Wilkinson

    8th March 2017 at 12:08 pm

    We don’t do a lot for Valentine’s Day. This year we just used it as an excuse to get a takeaway

  205. Kimberley Ryan

    8th March 2017 at 12:37 pm

    A little bit of fun and can be quite nice, but overly commercialised

  206. Katy Malkin

    8th March 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Just a day to love and be loved, hopefully like every day!

  207. Milly Youngman

    9th March 2017 at 4:48 pm

    The chance to eat lots of food, have some wine and enjoy the company of my fave boy!

  208. Victoria Hall

    9th March 2017 at 5:46 pm

    A chance to say thank you for all you do

  209. Patricia Avery

    9th March 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Valentine’s Day is a chance for hubby and I to sit back and reflect on all that has happened since we celebrated our 1st one together in 1968. We count our many blessings 🙂

  210. Rebecca L

    10th March 2017 at 2:09 pm

    It’s largely commercialised – we prefer to do spontaneous thing through the year instead!

  211. Sarah Wilson

    10th March 2017 at 3:47 pm

    It means the chance to do something special for my husband.

  212. Maureen Quinnell

    11th March 2017 at 10:26 am

    an overcommercialised made up day that manufacturers play on to boost sales – but I am still happy to receive a present…

  213. Emma Jackson

    11th March 2017 at 10:55 am

    It doesn’t mean anything to me, its a day when companies over-charge for flowers, cards, meals etc. Every day is a day to celebrate love and show those you care about that you love them <3

  214. N Parker

    11th March 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Overly commercialised.

  215. Ann MacLean Fleming

    11th March 2017 at 4:32 pm

    A chance to relax and spend some quality time together after a frenetic time at work helping other people get the perfect gifts for their loved ones

  216. Anthea Holloway

    11th March 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Valentine’s Day means a lot to me because I have celebrated 52 of these with my husband and everyone has been very special to us.

  217. Lindsey Loughtman

    11th March 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Valentines Day means a special meal and time together … we don’t do cards or presents

  218. donna l jones

    12th March 2017 at 12:13 pm

    to have a date night when you have children

  219. Ellie Wood

    12th March 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Spending time with my mum watching the great british bake off with a good G&T

  220. Jackie Stevens

    12th March 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Valentines Day used to mean more to me when I was younger but it was very special this year as it was the first Valentines I’ve had since getting engaged!

  221. Rennene Hartland

    12th March 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Valentines means to me spending quality time with your loved one and showing them how much you appreciate them

  222. Christina Palmer

    12th March 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Valentines is a time to spend some quality time together. Time for a treat – a takeaway and a bottle of wine

  223. Meryl Thomas

    12th March 2017 at 3:11 pm

    It’s a day to treasure your loved one, and to reflect on the love that is between you. It’s nice to have and give a pressie too as a token of the love between you. I always like to craft a pressie for my husband on Valentine’s day- I think it means more than one that is bought.

  224. Emma Nixon

    12th March 2017 at 6:17 pm

    We dont usually do much on valentines day. I prefer random surprises. I find it overpriced and commercialised

  225. sheri Darby

    12th March 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Not a lot our weeding anniversary is far more meaningful

  226. Ruth Palmer

    12th March 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Valentines day means….my birthday!!

  227. Em S

    12th March 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Valentine’s day is just another day for me, I try to remember buying a card for my husband but that’s about it.

  228. Jeremy Andrews

    12th March 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I avoid the commercial side but make sure I make my wife feel special like every other day.

  229. Laura-Jane Baker

    13th March 2017 at 8:44 am

    We don’t buy in to the fuss of Valentine’s day by spending extortionate amounts on each other but we do take the time so appreciate each other so it’s a good reminder not to take each other for granted.

  230. Marrian

    13th March 2017 at 11:08 am

    Being single lol.

  231. claire wilkinson

    13th March 2017 at 11:42 am

    Sorry but nothing!!! I think its a waste of money, we can tell each other we love them every day

  232. Andrew Hindley

    13th March 2017 at 11:55 am

    It’s a day to show your loved one that you really care

  233. Lucy Robinson

    13th March 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I love Valentines Day its the only time I get a present and some flowers.

  234. Sandra Jo Siddall

    13th March 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Not very much to me because I am a single pringle but me and the kids usually have a movie night and pizza on Valentines day.

  235. Michaela Jennings

    13th March 2017 at 6:25 pm

    It’s a day to show your loved one how much you appreciate them

  236. Alison

    13th March 2017 at 6:37 pm

    A chance to spend some time with loved ones and show them you care

  237. Zldcompy

    13th March 2017 at 6:49 pm

    To me Valentines Day means spending time cuddled up with my boyfriend and enjoying each others company. We show each other how much we love each other all the time, but Valentines Day is just an excuse to spend time as just us together and snuggle up. 🙂

  238. Karen R

    13th March 2017 at 8:40 pm

    It’s just a day to remind us not to take loved ones for granted

  239. Maddy

    13th March 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Rather bah Humbug, but it’s overhyped and has lost sight of the romantic roots.

  240. Helen

    13th March 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Crass commercialism

  241. Lynsey Buchanan

    13th March 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Valentines day is a bunch of commercial nonsense and not that important to me.

  242. Kat Allinson

    13th March 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I think that Valentines day is getting too expensive and commercial, I like the token gestures but that’s enough for me

  243. lesley brown

    13th March 2017 at 10:39 pm

    For me, valentines day will now forever be the anniversary of my first labour…my son’s birthday is 15th February!

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:14 am

      Both good memories and bad for you by the sound of it!

  244. Lindy Hine

    13th March 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Blatant commercialisation – it’s the rest of the year (and every year) that counts 🙂

  245. natalie holland

    13th March 2017 at 11:21 pm

    A little reminder to tell who you love how much you love them. (And mainly: An excuse to eat good food, drink nice wine and overindulge with your special someone!).

  246. Bev Cannar

    13th March 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Not a lot , we try to make time together every month, even a night in the campervan in a field nearby..

  247. Diane Duggan

    14th March 2017 at 12:06 am

    It’s over commercialised but chocolates and extra attention are nice.

  248. ellie spider

    14th March 2017 at 12:28 am

    Valentines day means absolutely nothing to me – I’m single but even if I wasnt it wouldnt be a big deal – i think you should show someone you love them every day rather than just one day a year

  249. Rachel Heap

    14th March 2017 at 6:31 am

    I dont really think much of Valentines Day, I think you should be nice and treat your partner no matter whatever the occassion. x

  250. Leslie Evans

    14th March 2017 at 7:21 am

    A day where you show your partner your continued love.

  251. sion gibby

    14th March 2017 at 7:47 am

    i’m afraid it’s a bit too commerical these days!

  252. emma davison

    14th March 2017 at 8:25 am

    Too commercialised and about spending money. Pretty depressing all round really.

  253. Geoff Hibbert

    14th March 2017 at 11:17 am

    It doesn’t mean anything to me because I’m an old age pensioner and I don’t bother anymore

  254. Maria Jane Knight

    14th March 2017 at 11:34 am

    To me it means another gimmick to make money…me and my fella have been together 14 years and celebrate our love every day.

  255. Donna Gilligan

    14th March 2017 at 11:44 am

    It means that the shops make loads of money! Other than that not much, I tell him I love him every day!

  256. Ema J Lowe

    14th March 2017 at 11:53 am

    for me its just like any other day and I think its too commercialised these days.

  257. laura cooper

    14th March 2017 at 11:55 am

    An excuse to have a lovely date with the person you love and spoil each other

  258. Dawn Samples

    14th March 2017 at 1:30 pm

    It doesn’t mean a lot to me at the moment as I’m not part of a couple. This year my daughter had a valentines disco so it was nice to be involved getting her ready for the disco so I could still be a part of iit x

  259. Pat Stubbs

    14th March 2017 at 1:33 pm

    hype, commercialism and alot of anxiety for those whose loved ones don’t ” deliver”

  260. Tamsin Dean

    14th March 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Not really one for all the mushy stuff, but partner is, normally do things over the year

  261. Tasha

    14th March 2017 at 2:47 pm

    It’s a good excuse to go out for a meal or have a takeaway

  262. George Wright

    14th March 2017 at 3:21 pm

    It gives us an excuse to have a special dinner & a bottle of wine!

  263. Dawn Underwood

    14th March 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I love it – I always get a nice card and a bunch of flowers

  264. Diana

    14th March 2017 at 4:28 pm

    The day we don’t need to feel bad for buying more expensive piece of meat to cook a lovely dinner or treat ourselves to a meal out 🙂

  265. Christine Hobbs

    14th March 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I love Valentines Day for showing your Love in a well meaning way and not just with gifts, although chocolates are much appreciated and even if your single if you love someone show them by a gesture of cooking a meal or cup of tea on this special day.

  266. Jessica Hutton

    14th March 2017 at 5:44 pm

    It’s a day to spend with your loved ones. It’s not about expensive gifts to us. It’s more about quality time together xx

  267. sue mcdermott

    14th March 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Valentines is special to me as it was when my Husband proposed to me, we’ve been married for 27 years now!

  268. Hannah Smith

    14th March 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Valentines day used to drive me mad, but now I’ve got a long term boyfriend I quite enjoy it. We try to do something quite low key as the restaurants and shops always charge a fortune!

  269. Cathy O

    14th March 2017 at 7:37 pm

    A special day to remember just what love is and hopefully be spoilt too!

  270. hannah oneill

    14th March 2017 at 7:42 pm

    not that fussed about it. we don’t get cards for each other

  271. cat

    14th March 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Just a little time for each other

  272. Claire Nelson

    14th March 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Appreciating being loved. Spending time with family and indulging in something that you enjoy.

  273. Judy Beba-Brown

    14th March 2017 at 9:00 pm

    A day for cards and roses and a special meal – and having my clean socks all paired up for me! Ok, maybe a little unusual, but it makes me feel cherished.

  274. Angela Macdonald

    14th March 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I think it is just about appreciating the loved ones in your life, although I do think Valentines Day held more importance when I was younger and you sent cards as a secret admirer (and even received them from a secret admirer sometimes! with lovely/funny poems in them) x

  275. sharon martin

    14th March 2017 at 9:10 pm

    a day for relaxing and having some child free time to spoil ourselves

  276. Petra Hora

    14th March 2017 at 9:41 pm

    A dinner for my and my other half.

  277. Pete

    14th March 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I make sure my wife knows just how much I love her on 365 days of the year. She forbids me to buy her forced and over-priced flowers for Valentine’s Day

  278. Kerryanne Atkinson

    14th March 2017 at 10:16 pm

    To me it means the one day you stop being distracted and to focus on and show appreciation to your loved ones,

  279. Dawn Hull

    14th March 2017 at 10:17 pm

    For me Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to spend quality time with my husband.

  280. cheryl hadfield

    14th March 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I think Valentines is very over commercialised, I don’t need one day to say I love you

  281. Monika Bascombe

    14th March 2017 at 10:44 pm

    My favourite mummy moment is when i go for parent evening to my son school to hear how smart and well mannered my boy is. I burst with pride

  282. Jennifer Odell

    14th March 2017 at 11:03 pm

    It’s a day for romantic love.

    I don’t get the whole sending a valentine’s card to your son, daughter, auntie, uncle, grandma, cat, dog etc.

  283. tracy sinclair

    14th March 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Valentines Day to me, means a day of being spoilt, whether its you being spoilt or you’re spoiling someone special, maybe with a special gift and a nice card, something different to the usual day x

  284. Adrian Bold

    14th March 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Valentines to me is a chance to spoil and show how much you love the person you are with, if you are lucky enough to be with someone.


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