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Valentine Day Ideas!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider incorporating a little Hungarian in the lives of those you love by wishing them Boldog Bálint Napot! Happy Valentine’s Day! While Valentine’s Day is more of a U.S. custom there is nothing wrong with adding a Hungarian touch to your celebration. If you don’t speak Hungarian, szeretlek “I love you” is quite possibly the most important first phrase to learn and can come in handy for February 14th!

There are many ways to express your love for others.

We have put together several FREE printable Hungarian folk art valentines — printing on card stock will yield the best results! Happy Coloring! Be sure to check them out here!

You don’t have to have amazing creative abilities yourself, you can buy a big cookie at the mall and ask them to write “szeretlek” on it. Most people do not tire of hearing the words “I love you” whether in English or Hungarian but you can also express your feelings through baking, cooking, serving, or creating. Sometimes the most thoughtful gesture requires little or no expenditure of money.

A traditional gift for a sweetheart is Mézeskalács ~ Hungarian Honey Cakes. Read all about the history of mézeskalács HERE. We also have mézeskalács available for purchase at the Magyar Marketing website. While there are many mézeskalács artists in Hungary, we do have a few in the United States and their work is beautiful.

Gingerbread Academy is wonderful resource for Hungarian honey cake recipes, techniques, and inspiration and is available through our website. Check them out here!

[Thank you to Petra for her permission to use the photo below in this post. Petra was recently married and her mother brought with her these precious mézeskalács baked by pastry chef Pusztai Gyula Istvánné Erzsike in Siofok, Hungary to serve as guest gifts. This undoubtedly added a beautiful Hungarian touch to the wedding!]

Tree of hearts


Magyar Marketing is a second-generation family business that began in 1988. Our mission is to provide you with resources and encouragement to discover, celebrate, and share your Hungarian heritage with friends and family! To receive our free product catalog or learn about our tours to Hungary and Transylvania, please email or call 1-800-786-7851.