February is all about love. Whether the object of your affection is a romantic partner, your children, your parents, your best friend, or even yourself, you deserve to celebrate that relationship in a special way on Valentine’s Day. This year, why not go above and beyond by transforming the classic (some might even say cliché) gift of candy into a meaningful gesture by making your very own chocolate. Sound too hard? It doesn’t have to be!
Better Homes and Gardens offers this detailed recipe and step-by-step instruction guide on how to make the perfect homemade chocolate. We especially love the helpful tips they’ve sprinkled throughout the guide to make the process as smooth as possible. For example, did you know that you should constantly stir chocolate while it’s melting to prevent it from scorching?
While the BHG recipe is easy to follow, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to start baking, especially if this is your first foray into homemade chocolate. Make a few batches in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Find cute wrapping paper and you could hand these out as gifts at work or even bring a few to your neighbor. The unexpected gesture is often the most memorable.
If you’re celebrating with your significant other or even hosting a Singles Awareness Day soiree in the evening, this recipe could make for a great activity for you and your sweetheart or guests. Several of our TriBridge apartments, like Jackson Square at the Hermitage, feature gourmet kitchens that make for the perfect setting. Add some candle light and music, and you’re sure to have a fun and romantic evening.
You can make the event as elegant or as low key as you’d like by choosing different kinds of toppings and bases to drizzle the chocolate on. Go with fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapples, oranges, or cranberries. Or, put out bowls of pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, dried nuts, and brownies and allow your guests to create their own customized chocolates.
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with someone special, a great group of friends, or if you just want to spread the love to some unexpected recipients, make sure you find a way to spread the love. If you have a unique Valentine’s Day gift or date idea, share it with us on our facebook page.
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