Roses, chocolates and cards are usually at the top of the list for Valentine’s Day gifts.
But two companies are offering some mouth-watering deals this year that don’t have anything to do with flowers or candy.
Grillo’s Pickles has step-by-step instructions on its website to make the perfect pickle bouquets for your love, while Olive Garden says the best way to get to your lover’s heart is with food and their “Breadstick Bouquets.”
After introducing the bouquets online last year, the Italian restaurant is making the gift available in-house for the first time starting Thursday.
A press release notes that the bouquets “feature new designs and pair perfectly with never-before-seen Chocolate Mint Boxes for your favorite after dinner mints.”
The bouquet wrappers and chocolate boxes will also be included in Olive Garden’s special Valentine’s Day ToGo Dinner for Two.
The wrappers, which include phrases such as “Love at first bite” and “My love for you is never ending,” are also available for download at online.
To make the perfect pickle bouquet, Grillio's Pickles advises using wooden skewers, floral foam, as well as ribbon, and "multiple varieties" of the popular pickle brand.
“We know there are a lot of pickle lovers out there that would love nothing more than to get a Valentine’s Day gift loaded with their favorite snack,” the website notes.
The directions are as follows:
1.Wrap floral tissue around the bottom of foam cylinder.
2.Place foam cylinder and tissue in Grillo’s Pickles container or vase.
3.Skewer variety of pickles + extras and set aside.
4.Arrange skewers in foam at varying heights and garnish with fresh dill or artificial greenery
5.Place finished bouquet in cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.
6.Share with your sweetie!
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While Grillo's Pickles are sold at grocery stores like Whole Foods and Stop & Shop across Southern New England, there are several Olive Garden locations throughout the region.