If I have to pick out a holiday in which chocolates reign supreme, it would have to be on Valentine’s Day. Of course, I’m a woman and chocolate reigns supreme to me pretty much 90% of all the days of the year, but I’m talking about serious skyrocketing sales here. Every year, billions of people around the world spend their money on flowers and chocolates for the Love Day. While many will argue that the holiday is being promoted by florists as well as chocolate and greeting card companies for the purpose of profit, no one can deny that a lot of people out there are inspired by Valentine’s Day to tap into their romantic side and whip up something for their significant other.
In Japanese culture, it is common practice for young women to give out chocolates to the guy they like – some of which they make themselves. As Americans, we pretty much have the luxury of ordering our chocolates beforehand, but considering the influx of orders in this time of the year, you have to properly schedule when you order your treats. However, if you’re like me who wants to add a personal touch to your V-Day gift, you can whip up your own sweet treat for your significant other yourself. In this article, I will share recipe ideas that will help you decide which treat to give your loved one this holiday season.
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries – You will need strawberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Heat some water in a pan and put a bowl over it. When the water boils, turn off the heat and place the chocolate chips into the bowl. Let the heat from the water melt the chocolate. Dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and place in a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Let the chocolate cool and harden.
- Peanut Butter Balls – Ingredients are chunky peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and melted chocolate. Mix peanut butter, butter and sugar in a bowl. Form into a ball. Place in a baking sheet covered with wax paper and slowly pour melted chocolate over them. Let the chocolate cool and harden.
- Easy Nutella Cupcake – You will need a chocolate cake mix and a jar of Nutella. Mix the cake mix according to the instructions in the box. Using a regular size baking pan lined with cupcake cups, pour two tablespoons of cake mixture into each cup and add a tablespoon of Nutella. Cover the dollop of Nutella with another tablespoon of cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and let it cool.
There you have it ladies and gents – three easy desserts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can pretty much make these any day you want and not just for the holiday. Whether you’re single or with your significant other this season, remember to fill every day with love as if it’s Valentine’s Day.