Good Valentine’s candy

You can forget the boring hearts and chocolate kisses this Valentine’s Day and go straight to something with a little more ... bite. The R.M. Palmer company has come out with a new option: A 5-ounce “You’re Jawsome” Shark. Milk chocolate with crispy rice in the shape of smiling shark, the treat is available at major stores that carry Valentine’s Day candy. Cost is $3.

Good calorie-free cocktail sweetner

RSVP Skinnies are a new zero-calorie mixer designed to bump up your alcoholic drinks. Mix one pack with vodka and soda water and you’ve got a cosmopolitan. They’re also available in flavors so you can make a margarita, a gimlet and more just by pouring one of the packets into a glass and mixing in alcohol and water or soda. They’re made with fruit and plant-based extracts and the sweetness comes from stevia and melons. Cost is around $19-$24 for a 24-pack box. Available at

One good cold-weather drink

We’re in the heart of winter now and this decidedly simple and decadently delicious drink is sure to warm a person on the inside.

Compiled by Steve Pardo

Scotch Chocolate

2 parts Dewar’s 12-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky

3-4 parts hot cocoa

Whipped cream

Cocoa powder

In an Irish coffee glass, combine Dewar’s 12 with hot cocoa/hot chocolate; top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

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