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Valentine gifts for boyfriends: How to make chocolate candy roses for V-Day

Intro: Scouting for ideas for cute Valentine's gifts for boyfriends? Then no doubt, you'll want to learn how to make chocolate candy roses for your guy. These aren't chocolate clay roses. Rather, this easy tutorial teaches you the trick for modeling chocolate roses from store-bought candies like Rolos and Hershey's Kisses, allowing you to make a chocolate flower bouquet for your boyfriend.

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Why Make the Chocolate Rose Bouquet for Your Boyfriend for V-Day?

Aside from the fact that homemade Valentine's gifts are just more personal and sentimental, some of you may be on a budget and need to find some ideas for cheap Valentine's Day gifts for your guy.

The nice thing about this tutorial for modeling chocolate roses from candy is that you can make it for $20.00 or less (most of the time). Most of the items you can find at the local dollar store, in fact. And it combines two items that are a V-Day mainstay, chocolate and roses in one cute Valentine's Day craft.

How to Make a Chocolate Rose for Your Boyfriend:


  • Colored cellophane - red or pink (4 x4-inch square)
  • Skewers with pointed ends
  • Rolos
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Green tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Green floral tape
  • Glue

Instructions for Making Chocolate Roses:

  1. Cut a leaf shape from the green tissue paper. Set aside. This becomes the leaf for the Valentine gift you're making for your boyfriend.
  2. Cut a small piece of tape that will wrap around the skewer a couple of times and set aside.
  3. Sit the Rolo on its base and skewer the top of the Rolo. Don't unwrap any of the candy.
  4. Turn the skewer upside down and put a tiny glue dot on top.
  5. Place the base of the chocolate kiss onto the Rolo. Hold for a second until the glue dot sticks.
  6. Wrap the candy in the red cellophane and twist the bottom so that it encircles the skewer. Twist tightly. It'll make your chocolate candy rose more secure.
  7. Tape the stem so that the cellophane stays in place. You'll tape it at the base of the chocolate flower. If you're adept enough at this, you don't have to cut one small strip of tape, but rather take the end of the tape and wrap it all the way down the skewer to make the stem green. It's up to you. (See the "how to make a chocolate rose" tutorial video at the top if you need a visual.)
  8. Tape the tissue paper leaf onto the stem, using the florist's tape. You'll bunch it at the bottom of the leaf and then wrap it into the tape.
  9. Cut the tape, leaving a tiny bit extra on the end. Wrap the end of the tape around the end of the skewer.


  • Rotate the stick and not the tape when you're wrapping the chocolate rose stem.
  • You can make this more decorative by adding more leaves.
  • If you make a bunch of flowers, wrap them in cellophane and pretty paper like the florist would.
  • Or put them into a rose vase. A whole bouquet of chocolate roses makes an even better Valentine gift for boyfriends than a single candy rose. You can order bud vases on Amazon.
  • Don't have time to make a DIY Valentine gift? Amazon has V-Day gifts on sale right now, including chocolate roses and other unique Valentine's gifts for him.

This is a variation on a earlier tutorial that I wrote. See those instructions to learn how to make slightly different chocolate roses.

Buffy Naillon is the author of the bestselling book "Clare's Chocolates Cookbook: Best Recipes for Cake and Cookie Pops, Fudge, Fondue, Cupcakes & More." The book features delicious recipes that are just right for Valentine's Day. It's available on Kindle now.

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