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9 Foods that Light Your Fire

Spice up date night with these recipes made from aphrodisiac foods including chocolate, oysters, hot peppers and more.

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Nutella-Stuffed Strawberries

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Strawberries
Gourmet strawberries are pricey to order but easy to make. We serve strawberries with hazelnut spread as a crowd-pleasing appetizer or dessert. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Oysters Rockefeller

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Oysters
My husband and I are oyster farmers, and this classic dish always delights. It’s deliciously simple! —Beth Walton, Eastham, Massachusetts
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Chocolate Truffles

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Chocolate
You may be tempted to save this recipe for a special occasion since these smooth, creamy chocolates are divine. But with just a few ingredients, they’re easy to make anytime. —Darlene Wiese-Appleby, Creston, Ohio
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French Banana Pancakes

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Banana
It’s a dessert, but you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. —Stephanie Harris, Montpelier, Virginia
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Grilled Figgy Pies

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Fig
Delicious figs combined with maple, walnuts and creamy mascarpone make a decadent treat that’s easy to enjoy at a backyard cookout. These unique hand pies always disappear quickly. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
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Avocado Crab Boats

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Avocado
These boats are great with tortilla chips, beans or rice. You can also cover them, pack them on ice, and take them to a picnic or potluck. Straight from the oven or cold, they’re always delicious. —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon
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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Pepper
There’s no faster way to get a party started than with these bacon-wrapped poppers. Make them ahead and bake just before serving. Even the hot pepper intolerant will love them. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
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Cherry Bars

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Cherry
Whip up a pan of these festive bars in just 20 minutes with staple ingredients and cherry pie filling. Between the easy preparation and pretty color, they’re destined to become a holiday classic. —Jane Kamp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Honey Cinnamon Butter

Aphrodisiac ingredient: Honey
This recipe is a simple yet special spread for breakfast bread and muffins. —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.
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