It’s Valentine’s Day this week and if you’re planning on impressing your date with a home cooked meal, then a chocolate based dessert should be on the menu!

Chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac, so incorporating it in your meal will help to create the right atmosphere. Dark chocolate is the type most associated with love-stimulating chemicals, but obviously, go with your date's preference if you're trying to really impress. 

Either way, we've got some inspiration for you with the following recipes; we have a great collection of heart-fluttering desserts for you to whip up. Each recipe is a crowd-pleaser and loved by our readers, as well as hitting the perfect chocolate note. 

Doughnut Holes with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

These doughnut holes are small enough to make sure that you don't feel as though you've overindulged during the match, but sweet enough to ensure that you're satisfied after all the savoury fare. They’re also perfect to eat with your hands, meaning that you can easily share this decadent dessert. 

Baked Chocolate Cheesecake

Is there anything more impressive than a baked cheesecake? This recipe from Camerino Bakery is foolproof and big enough to ensure that you have enough leftovers for your second date. You can decorate the cheesecake however you like, but we think the addition of rose petals and chopped pistachios evokes a really romantic vibe.

Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake

Clearly, our readers love cheesecake, so you’re definitely onto a winner with this recipe. Citrus fruit is another aphrodisiac, so the zesty flavour in this dessert will certainly help to get you and your date into a romantic mood. We love the idea of pouring warm marmalade over the top of the cheesecake to give a professional finish that’s really easy to achieve.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you need a gluten-free option, then this cake will definitely fit the bill. The cake is really rich and decadent, so make sure you only go for small slices so you’re not too full! The chocolate topping is a must-do for Valentine’s Day as it will show that you’re pulling out all the stops for your date.

Chocolate and Caramel Slices

Another great recipe for people looking for something 'alternative' and even better, completely vegan. These slices are bursting with chocolatey goodness; the recipe, from Holly White, is pretty simple to make and can be frozen, so any pieces that you don’t use can be saved for the future (or future dates?).

What will you be making for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.