Are you looking for Valentine's day ideas or awesome Valentine's day gifts?
Let me start by saying, no matter what your relationship "status" is Chocolate truffles are the perfect Valentine's day gift, even if they are for YOU! Or learn how to make butter toffee and give your best friend a magical sweet treat.
Typically, this holiday of love and Cupid was thought to be for couples.
But, forget about that! Whose rules are those anyways? We can rewrite the rules and make them better. This February 14th decide to spread the love. I like to spread love in the way of making delicious treats like chocolate truffles and rum balls for my loved ones. I always make way more than me, and my husband could ever eat so my neighbors and friends get some of the love.
I'm usually not a sweets person. I much prefer savory snacks, like savory spiced roasted nuts. However, I love making things from scratch and showing you how easy it is to do so. Also, I am a big believer in eating sweets that aren't boxed or from a store. You get to skip all the weird preservatives. Remember, the motto here is #realfoodforreal. Not 100% clean eating all the time. Cuz, you have to live a little. When I do want something that doesn't align with my recommended nutritional guidelines, I make sure that I make it from scratch and I have a little bit of it. I don't go crazy. I make it super decadent and then I savor every last bite and lick.
A few favorite Valentines treats that I make almost every year are:
Chocolate Truffles, I like mine spiked with rum.
I make these with really dark chocolate, so they aren't too sweet. Guittard chocolate is my absolute favorite chocolate to use in baking and in making these fantastic chocolate truffles. The chocolate and rum filling in this recipe can be used to make rum balls. When you make rum balls you form balls and then dunk them in a bowl of cocoa powder. These are super good like this.
Chocolate truffles require you to melt chocolate and then dunk the rum balls to coat them with a hard chocolate shell. Of course, these look super fancy and like make you look like an expert chocolatier. Try making them both. A mixed box or rum balls and chocolate truffles is a great Valentine's Day gift for him or her or you. You can use whatever chocolate chips that are your personal favorite. I do recommend darker chocolate like semi-sweet or bittersweet.
Do chocolate truffles seem like they would be super hard to make? Get this they only have three ingredients, and you only need stuff that you probably already have. Except for one optional item that will make this project next level easy. (I even tell you how to make the filling in the microwave.)
- chocolate chips
- heavy cream
That's it, seriously!
- medium saucepan
- large metal or glass bowl
- a whisk
- a few forks
- a non-stick spatula,
- parchment or wax paper
- small cookie scoop
I know you have most of this stuff right in your kitchen. If you don't have the cookie scoop, you can order it on Amazon or grab it at your local store that stocks kitchen utensils.
Butter Toffee with or without nuts
Do you want to know how to make toffee? Toffee is a little bit harder to make then the chocolate truffles (but only a tiny bit harder) because you have to make sure to watch the timing carefully. It sounds like an expert recipe because you do need a candy thermometer. If you can read a thermometer, you can figure out how to make toffee. If you love toffee or have always wanted to know how to make toffee you really should give this recipe a try. I promise you it is worth every step.
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Toffee is also made from super simple ingredients: sugar, butter, chocolate, and nuts if you want them.
Equipment: Medium saucepan, large metal or glass bowl, a whisk, a non-stick spatula, parchment or wax paper, sheet pans, and candy thermometer.
Optional Equipment: Silpat mats
This rich butter toffee is topped with a layer of dark chocolate and then sprinkled with salt or roasted nuts. I have to say that this recipe is one of my favorites and I make it a few times a year. I give it out at Christmas and Valentines Day! You can make the toffee plain and top it with chocolate and little Maldon salt. It is fantastic this way. If you like nuts, I recommend almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts. Nuts can be added to the toffee at the last moment, immediately after you take the toffee off of the heat and right before you pour it out to cool. Adding nuts right to the hot toffee give you a yummy tasty nutty toffee.
My world famous hazelnut toffee.
I often chop up the toffee into small bits and pack it into mason jars. This preparation is perfect for topping your ice cream. Or as some of my friends did, take it on a road trip and eat it right out of the jar. Love them!