Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Do you need a quick, simple and personalize gift for  Valentine's Day?.Well I think the best idea is something that is straight from the heart, such as a delicious homemade treat.Your special someone will be surprised and quite appreciative that you put so much work into the gift.So, now,what treat should you make?

Well have you ever thought about making a batch of delicious homemade chocolates.Its not as a taunting task as you may think and is actually quite a creative process.Just think all you need is chocolate and some extra add-on if you desire.

Now, the best way to go about making this treat is of course using a good quality chocolate.However it is possible to make this treat with a cheaper chocolate or chocolate chips.This will just cause differences in appearance,flavor and texture.So, its really about what you choose and what your special someone will love.

For me, I made a batch of chocolate pieces by using leftover melted chocolate chips from my last use of my fondue fountain.I hate throwing away anything and I felt this was a great opportunity to make a treat to celebrate valentines day's.So I made a variety of chocolates with my semisweet chips with the add on's of almonds,sea salt and even peanut butter.They were definitely a hit with the family and the sea salt version was the favorite. So are you convinced? Well if you want to make homemade chocolates, then listen in to the next part.

Making chocolate pieces is actually quite a simple process.Really its all about melting the chocolate the right way for the best texture and appearance.So all you really have to do is melt down your chosen chocolate, lets say 8 ounces.Make sure the chocolate is chop up into pieces and place into a large glass bowl.From there its basically placing the bowl over a pot of simmering water and slowly stirring, until completely melted.Then its time to act quickly and fill the candy molds.It's also time to get creative and put your add on's towards the chocolate.Then once that's completed its time to let them set in the fridge or freezer.Once their set, its time to pop them out and keep them in the fridge until ready to serve.It's as simple as that and once you get the hang of it you can get really creative with your chocolates.

Also, if you don't have any chocolate/candy molds on hand you can improvise by using mini muffin tins,plastic shot glasses or even small plastic cups.The idea's are endless.Lastly,you can check out my previous chocolate recipes I have made for more information on the subject.

Anyways,I hope more people have given away homemade gifts this Friday because its more personal and thoughtful.So I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day and enjoy their treats.

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