Valentine’s Day is coming up this Saturday and if you don’t already know, it’s a day where women give chocolate (with the expectation of it being handmade) to their significant other as a gift, or as a means of confessing how they feel to their crush. Some women also give chocolate out of politeness to their co-workers or male friends, called giri choco.
If you’re not much of a chef but would like to give this unique custom a try, here’s an easy way to make some handmade chocolate without a lot of fuss.
First things first, you need some chocolate. I usually grab a few bars from the convenience store or supermarket, but you can use any kind of chocolate you want as long as it has a good consistency when it melts. I’ve even used chocolate chips in the past. For this, I used about 6-8 bars of chocolate.
Mr. J really likes strawberries, and as luck would have it January/February is the peak season for them here, so I’ve picked those up as well. I’ve also picked up some various decoration baking supplies from the 100 yen store.
You’ll also need some nice wrapping. The 100 yen store also sells a wide range of wrappers, boxes, and bags that are suitable for bite size chocolates, muffins, cakes, and pretty much whatever else you can come up with that has chocolate in it.
If you’ve got a fondue set-up at home, this will go a lot faster, but if not you can use a small pot or frying pan. Put the heat on the lowest setting and the chocolate you bought. It should melt into a nice consistency, which you can then pour into plain chocolate wrappers. If you feel like this is cheating, put a nut or a small square of caramel into the wrapper before you start pouring. I’m also dipping the strawberries in chocolate.
After you’re finished pouring, decorate the chocolates quickly and then put them into the fridge for a couple of hours so they harden. Ta-da!.
Finally, package them up and give them away! Pretty easy, right?
Happy Valentine’s Day, ya’ll!