Every year millions of people a year to exchange chocolates on February 14th for Valentine's Day. This trend has become very popular lately, especially with the rise of quality chocolates (... and the number of suckers). Yet even in these modern times, there are some things you should consider before you run out and grab a chocolate gift.
Fresh chocolates are best for
Some of the biggest chocolate candy makers make their chocolates for the "high season" (December to February) when DST. This means that some of the packaged chocolates can buy several months. In addition, some of these chocolates are made with the addition of preservatives that allow chocolate to keep in good condition longer but can affect flavour.
If you send your chocolates to someone far away, check to see if there is a good site that could deliver fresh chocolates for you and reduce the risk of traffic accidents.
Nothing beats a homemade gift
For a more personal touch, you can make your own box of chocolates to give to your Valentine. See the recipe for Chocolate Truffle below for a good way to make your own homemade gift.
You can be creative with cookie cutters, stencils or decorator icing to give your chocolates extra touch, like drawing a heart, smiley face, or bow on your chocolates. Also, the different ways you can dress up the gift box with ribbons, flowers, love poems written by hand, etc.
Milk chocolate is the only chocolate some
While most Americans prefer milk chocolate, do not be afraid to use dark chocolate in your gift; For example, you can do a mixed selection of 1/2 milk chocolate and 1/2 dark chocolate. If you do not know if your boyfriend likes dark chocolate you can go the soft, sweet taste of semisweet chocolate. If you want to go for intense chocolate flavour then go with the bitterness of the dark chocolate.
Generally, the higher the percentage of cocoa more bitter chocolate taste. If you use sugar or yeast chocolate, then you'll want to mix it with something else, like cream and sugar to help reduce the level of intensity.
Timing is everything
It is important to give the right amount of time for your chocolate gifts. If you buy the chocolates you need to get your order in early to help avoid the last minute rush. Some places have a hearing date to receive Valentine orders, especially if shipping or local delivery is involved. If you make the chocolates you might want to try a workout to work on all the little faults that may occur and to help you familiarize yourself with the recipe.
Make sure you can get the ingredients you need in the store since the holiday rush can often reduce the local supply of chocolate, sugar and other ingredients on hand. If you buy chocolate early, store it in a dry, cool, dark, not the refrigerator.
Chocolate, so little time
There is a wide variety of chocolate gifts you can give: chocolate truffles, candy (chocolate shell with a creamy center), cake, brownies, fudge, cookies (chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate covered, etc.), chocolate Dipped fruits/nuts / pretzels / whatever, and many others that you can buy and then let your imagination run wild.
As a final tip, here is a recipe for chocolate truffles to get you started:
½ cup sour cream
8 oz chocolate bitter dark half (no chips), chopped
Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
2 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
Required equipment: roasters, baking paper, pastry bag:
1. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate and butter until it is completed melted.
2. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in vanilla.
3. Place the hills lined baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Roll the hills of powdered sugar, then roll the balls back and forth between his hands, using more powdered sugar to prevent sticking to you.
5. Next, roll balls in cocoa powder until completely covered.
Makes about 35 truffles.