Beyond any emotional hurdles we face in the great sugary sentiment-fest that is Valentine’s Day, there’s another, unspoken hurdle: finding a way to tolerate white chocolate.

I know, I’m stepping into explosive territory. White chocolate’s a divisive issue, at least among those who regularly engage in heated cacao discussions. In truth I don’t even count myself among the haters. I just never found the stuff interesting. Maybe it’s the fault of second-rate, mass-market candy makers, who regularly sub in vegetable oil for the cocoa butter of the traditional white chocolate recipe, resulting in a waxier, less flavorful substance.

It might also have something to do with the total absence of chocolate flavor. We don’t call salad “leafy steak,” because we know there is no steak in it, and we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. White chocolate seems haunted by the ghost of what could have been.

But in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (or something) I figured why not give white chocolate a second chance. So here are a few recipes showing off the surprising versatility—and dare we say elegance?—of white chocolate. Have a favorite white chocolate recipe? Hate the stuff? Share with us in the comments section.

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