Who doesn’t love chocolate? It’s delicious, it’s sweet, and there are so many ways to enjoy it! Valentine’s day is the perfect day to show your significant other how much you care about them with homemade chocolates, but where do you start? Follow these simple steps to learn how to make the most delicious Valentine’s Day chocolate. You can even tailor this basic recipe to make your own special chocolates; check out this site for some great ideas!
Start by gathering your ingredients. You will need 4 ounces of melted chocolate, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Remember that you can substitute any other types of chocolate or peanut butter if you prefer (or have allergies), but use 8 ounces if you decide to do so! Make sure that all your ingredients are measured correctly. If not, your chocolate will either be too sweet or too runny! 1.)
Melt your chocolate
Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Make sure it doesn’t burn, though! Once it’s completely melted, set it aside to cool for about 5 minutes. By then, you should also have finished measuring out two cups of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of peanut butter.
2.) In a bowl with a pour spout, mix together one cup of melted chocolate with one cup of powdered sugar until completely combined. Once it is mixed well, add in two tablespoons of peanut butter and use a spatula to combine those as well.
3.) Fill your molds up halfway with your mixture and spread it evenly on top using an offset spatula. It helps if you put some cardboard or parchment paper underneath your molds first; that way, you can easily lift them out once they’re done cooling! Repeat with your other half cup of melted chocolate, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.
4.) Set your tray in a cool area for about 45 minutes to 1 hour (and don’t forget to clean off any excess chocolate from your mold before it hardens!) Once cooled, pop them out from their molds (they should come right off), place each piece back into its own cupcake liner, wrap individually in plastic wrap, tie a ribbon around each one…and tada! You’re done. 🙂 I hope you and your loved ones enjoy these as much as my friends and I did.
Here are a few bonus tips to help you make sure your chocolate is fresh and tastes great: 1. When it comes to quality chocolate, not all brands are created equal. If you really want a gift that will stand out, seek out bars from small, local chocolate makers who use high-quality ingredients like cacao butter and whole milk powder. Not only will their products taste better than mainstream candy bars, but they’ll also be more likely to include healthier and even organic ingredients.
2. Look for milk or dark varieties with cocoa percentages of 70% or higher for maximum quality (and minimum sugar).
3. Local craft beer works well as an accompaniment—or even mix it into your melted chocolate for something truly decadent!
4. Avoid sweets filled with artificial flavorings and other chemicals that might leave a bad aftertaste in someone’s mouth. Organic chocolates tend to be made without preservatives, so there is less chance of having a disagreeable aftertaste in their mouth.
5. Make sure any chocolates made for gifting are wrapped properly before putting them in your bag or on display on top of your desk at work. They should be stored in a temperature-controlled environment between 50 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit; refrigeration isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely hot climate.
6. Once unwrapped, keep your special chocolate bar somewhere dry where it won’t get knocked over or damaged if bumped into accidentally by others while being transported through crowds during busy shopping trips leading up to Valentine’s Day.
7. After opening a package of chocolate, enjoy it within six months for optimal freshness
8. Remember: Breaking off a piece means you’re breaking up with part of what was once one beautiful block of delicious treats – treat yourself to just one piece!
9. And remember to make time every day to appreciate what you have in life – including food and loved ones – rather than focusing on what’s missing from your life.