Chocolate ranks high on the list of favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for many people. Making your own chocolate gifts for Valentine’s Day is easier than you may think, and there are many ways to personalize your sweet delights for your favorite Valentine’s Day sweetheart.
Dipping, Drizzling, and Dunking
To make chocolate Valentine’s Day gifts, you will need some basic supplies to start and some optional extras for more elaborate chocolate creations. SOme of the basic supplies can often be found at the local craft store. One retailer that has many different chocolate supplies is A.C. Moore, though many supplies should be available at your local grocery store. You can add your own personal touches to each Valentine gift by experimenting with different variations.
-Melting chocolates (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mint chocolate, vanilla chocolate varieties)
-Chocolate molds (plastic molds in Valentine shapes or themes)
-Chocolate toppers (crushed candy bars, nuts,sprinkles)
-Pretzels or pretzel rods, strawberries, marshmallows
-Candy lolipop sticks
-Plastic gift boxes or bags
-Labels to personalize with a written message
-Flavor oils (orange, mint)
Pure chocolate Valentine’s Day treats can be made very quickly if you prepare ahead of time. Chocolate treats can be made in miniature form molds, larger heart themed molds, or as lolipops. Start with one bag of melting chocolates and melt over a double boiler on low-medium heat (turn the heat down to warming temperature once the chocolate has melted). The chocolate should melt down to a liquid form before pouring into molds.
Once you have melted the chocolate, you should begin to slowly spoon the chocolate into the molds and set aside to harden, later placing in the refrigerator to completely harden. If you are adding lolipop sticks, place them in the chocolate after about 5-10 minutes, after the chocolate has begin to set.
When the chocolate has hardened in the molds, you can gently turn them over and press the chocolates out unto wax paper or a large plate.
Finish your Valentine gift by placing the treats in small boxes or plastic gift bags, tied with a red, white, or pink ribbon. You can add a personalized gift label with a handwritten message for an extra touch.
Dipped Chocolate Gifts
One of the easiest ways to make a nice chocolate inspired gift for someone this Valentine’s Day is to start dipping. For a fresh chocolate dessert treat, try dipping some juicy, red strawberries in a batch of melted dark chocolates. Follow the same melting steps for the dark chocolate as listed above, but prepare some wax paper ahead of time and chill the strawberries for at least twenty minutes before dipping.
Hold each strawberry by the stem and dip directly into the melted chocolate, covering about 2/3 of each strawberry. Once you have finished dipping, place the wax paper on a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you want to make the dipped strawberries look even fancier, you can apply a second coat of chocolate in a different color or flavor such as white or milk chocolate. There are also pink and red chocolate melts available at some stores. Re-dip part of the strawberry or drizzle the second chocolate coating on the chilled berries. Serve on a doily placed on a nice dish.
Other possible dip items include marshmallows, favorite fruits, or cookies. Sprinkles, nuts, or crushed candy can be used to decorate any of the dipped chocolate treats. Just sprinkle or roll the extras on before the chocolate has set.