LONG BEACH, CA — Steve Angeles talks to an award-winning Pinoy chocolatier who breaks down the sweet science of why chocolates remain one of the holiday of love’s top gifts.
The flowers, cards and stuffed animals have invaded the stores, the most lovey dovey time of the year, is here, valentines day.
The National Retail Federation has found that only 51 percent of Americans will do Valentine’s shopping, down from 55 percent last year. However, the spending average is expected to be a record $162.
For award-winning Fil-Am chocolatier Romeo Garcia of Romeo Chocolates, it’s a sweet time.
Garcia enjoys showing off new ways to present a staple of the valentine’s diet, like this jewelry style box they developed for a local architect.
Chocolates continue to be one of the top Valentine’s presents, expected to generate nearly $2 billion. The Europe-trained Fil-Am chocolatier says there’s two big reasons that make these confections timeless.
For Garcia the celebration extends beyond the 14th hosting a series of valentines themed events one which involves with local chefs blindfolding couples for a ten-course meal, calling it blind date.