Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Panini…plus a Sweet Giveaway!

by on February 13, 2013

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It’s something I’ve learned from my kids, but I’ve found it works on me too – food suddenly becomes much more appealing when it’s heart-shaped.

Of course, it hardly takes any convincing at all to get most of us to try a sandwich filled with dark chocolate spread. Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Panini are my homage to Valentine’s Day this year, along with a “sweet” giveaway: one lucky winner will receive a trio of Nudo Italia Dark Chocolate Spreads. Read on to see how I pulled together these panini and to enter the chocolate spread giveaway!

Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Panini

My inspiration for these panini came from a pin I saw on Pinterest from a German blog called der Design & Food Blog, featuring the cutest little sandwich with a heart cutout that had been filled in with colorful sprinkles. I made (and instagrammed) those sandwiches about 10 minutes later to the great delight of my two little kids.

As you can see, they’re incredibly easy to make – just spread your chocolate on a slice of bread, butter another slice of bread (for extra-nice grill marks), punch out a heart and assemble your sandwich. I opted to trim the crusts on mine because I liked how the square panini looked, but that’s completely up to you. Then it’s just a few minutes on the panini press to toast the bread and you’re done.

The Nudo Italia spreads remind me a lot of Nutella, but they’re olive oil-based (yes, chocolate and olive oil are a match made in heaven!), made with dark cocoa and come in several different flavors. They’re almost mousse-like in texture and are perfect for adding a deep, rich chocolaty finish to panini like the ones I’m sharing today, as a crepe filling or even a dip for strawberries.

And now for the chance to WIN some…

WIN a set of Nudo Italia Dark Chocolate Spreads!

 ** Win a Nudo Italia Dark Chocolate Spread Trio!! **

Nudo Italia would love to send one Panini Happy reader their Trio of Chocolate Crema (mandarin, chili and lemon flavors).

Here are four ways to enter, you can do any or all of them for a maximum of four entries (please leave separate comments for each entry):

The giveaway will close on Friday, February 15 at 5:00 PM PST. I will use random.org to select one winner and announce the winner in this post. I will contact the winner via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. My apologies to international readers, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Panini

Thanks to Nudo Italia for providing chocolate spreads for this giveaway.

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1 Angel S. February 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

This looks yummy! I will be making a special dinner for my family and celebrating our oldest coming home from college for the weekend!

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2 Angel S. February 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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3 grace February 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

i’m having a root canal for valentine’s day! seriously!
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4 sara February 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day at a local restaurant with my boyfriend! :)
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8 Madeline February 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I’m spending Valentines with my husband – we’re eating heart-shape ravioli, passionfruit glazed chicken, and canoodling together, heehee :)

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12 jessica w February 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

We will spend valentines day at home just hanging out together( Me and the hubs)
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16 MaryB February 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

Hubby’s out of town at a business meeting so his mom, who is visiting from out of town and a girlfriend and I will be having a girls’ night out to celebrate.

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20 Hope February 14, 2013 at 6:21 am

I’ll be spending valentines day at work, then at the chiropractor, and then at Fazoli’s with my husband.

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21 Susan Christy February 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

Babysitting for friends kids so they can go out.

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25 Christine February 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

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Low key night tonight–gymnastics & school stuff for the kids. Tomorrow pm hubby & I will have clam cakes & chowder–YUM!

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26 kari /Salted Nuts February 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’m staying home and making a nice meal for my family. We’re having a date night on Friday-yay!

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27 Babs February 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Spending Valentine’s Day at work and then home making Shrimp Scampi for myself and my husband. Our favorite!

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29 kristin February 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

we will be spending the evening at home, eating sweet potato burgers and drinking wine.

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31 Marnely Rodriguez Murray February 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

We had our valentine’s day dinner last week at No. 9 Park in Boston, so we’re staying in today!
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35 Alexandra S. February 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

I will spending valentines day with my beloved family at homeenjoying homemade pizza, a good romantic comedy, and enjoying each others company. It gets no better than that for us :)

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40 Jacqui February 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

I am spending Valentine’s Day with my mom, dad and sister this year. We have not seen each other in awhile, so I am looking forward to the four of us going out to dinner!

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44 Kim - Liv Life February 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m completely intrigued!! My son adores Nutella, however it has quite a bit of dairy in it and his lactose intolerant system doesn’t process it well. Curious about the dairy content of this Italian treat. I’m going to have to do some research.
Valentine’s day?? It’s a family day this year… orthodontist, dance photos, driving, etc. Luckily husband comes home from a trip later today!
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45 Kim - Liv Life February 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

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46 Kim - Liv Life February 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

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47 Erin R. February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

Oh, my gosh! How cute! And what a gorgeous bread you used. We never do anything after work during the week so we’ll probably just have toast for dinner or something. :)

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48 Erin R. February 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

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49 Chelsea February 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

YUM! Looks so delicious. And, lucky for me, Valentine’s Day falls on date night :) We will be heading out to dinner.
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50 Erin H. February 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

I will be spending Valentine’s tonight with my husband. There is nothing like being together! We just moved in to our first home, so we look forward to raising a family one day. :-)

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54 Rachel @ Bakerita February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Kathy – this looks incredible! I’m just hanging out with my best (single!) girlfriends tonight, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. :)
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55 Rachel @ Bakerita February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Already subscribed via email. And those spreads…look…soo…good!
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56 Rachel @ Bakerita February 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

I already “like” you on FB as well :)

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57 Rachel @ Bakerita February 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

I also follow on Pinterest! Happy VDay :)
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58 Shelly February 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I’ll be spending it with my 2 year old daughter making Valentine treats!

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62 Diane {Created by Diane} February 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

adorable and looks delicious!
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63 Belinda February 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I’m spending the day hiking in the sunshine with my 2 furry family members (dogs), sending fun e-cards to my family who live all over teh country and having dinner with a long time friend to celebrate our friendship over the years! ;-)

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64 Marissa Kubinski February 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I’m spending Valentine’s Day evening with my husband and going out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

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65 Laura R February 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Spending Valentine’s day with my Hubs, our Fist as Husband and Wife!

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67 Rose Scott February 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I will be baking heart shaped pizzas that I bought at a local pizzaria. To follow, we’ll have mint ice cream laced with Fanny Mae mint.

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68 Laura R February 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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69 Amy @Very Culinary February 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

So cute, Kathy!
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70 barbara n February 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I am having a romantic dinner for two at home!

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71 barbara n February 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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72 Jeanette February 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

These are adorable Kathy! Made some fun foods for the kids for Valentine’s Day and my hubby and I are headed out for a nice dinner alone ;).
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73 Jeffrey February 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I spent Valentines Day in a class and then went on a run with my wife and kids, its our Thursday family time.

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74 Jeffrey February 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

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77 Debbie Godshalk February 15, 2013 at 2:55 am

Never thought about chocolate panini but sounds great! Anything with chocolate… Hubby and I are going out to dinner and braving the crowds. Giving my Breville a break for the evening …smile…

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78 Erin February 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

I worked the night before so I slept all day and then made a lovey dinner and spent the evening with my amazing husband.

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79 Erin February 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

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82 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

So Darn Cute!!
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83 Corisa February 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

i worked!

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84 MaryBeth February 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

After work, we’ll spend a quiet evening with a nice dinner, exchange cards and eat chocolate :-)

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85 Elena February 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

My husband and I went out for dinner

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87 JulieD February 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Sooo cute, Kathy!! I love these, so clever!
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88 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

adorable! Fabulous idea!
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