Valentine’s Day is still several weeks away, but heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and glittery cards are already lining the aisles of my local Walgreens. They seem to taunt me as I head to the refrigerated section for milk:

“Buy us now! Don’t worry—you won’t eat us before the 14th. You have more will-power than that!”

But this year, they won’t get me. This year, I’m sticking to homemade aphrodisiac-indulgences. After all, it’s a lot easier to toss a banana peel or two in the garbage than to strategically cover a wad of candy wrappers.


  • 1  frozen banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup(s) milk
  • 3 tablespoon(s) (or to taste) chocolate syrup
  • 3  (or 4) ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Top with whipped cream and/or another drizzle of chocolate syrup if you like.

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