The one gift most given for Valentine’s Day is chocolate and that always makes me happy. Give me chocolate and “I’m Yours”.
This huge commercial holiday gives retailers a big boost from chocolate sales, but for me, it’s a holiday that our family has turned into a special family day.
After we had children Valentine’s Day became all about family. The kids were enamored with this commercial holiday so we decided to give in to it and start a family tradition.
With hectic schedules we sometimes forget what is important. This is an excuse to make time on this day to forget about schedules and just have fun.
Our activities vary from year to year and it mostly depends on the weather each time. Sometimes we watch movies, play charades or scrabble, or go bowling or fly kites in the park to get in some exercise together.
We can’t enjoy the day without chocolate so it’s always fun for me to make chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped pretzels and bake cookies.
Here is an easy truffle recipe if you want to give it a try. It’s a lot cheaper to make them than to buy them for your sweetie.
- 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 TBLS. cocoa powder
- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside.
- Heat the cream in a sauce pan. Do not let it boil. Just heat until is starts to bubble around the edges.
- Pour the hot cream slowly over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Refrigerate the chocolate for about 1-2 hours or until it is thickened.
- Place the cocoa powder in a strainer over a plate and sift the cocoa onto the plate just to remove the lumps.
- Scoop the chilled chocolate using a small cookie scoop and gently roll into the cocoa powder.
- Place on plate and continue until all chocolate is scooped and rolled.
- You can melt chocolate and dip some of the truffles into the melted chocolate. Place on wax paper and place in fridge to chill.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out a spoonful of the chocolate and place in the center of your palm and roll to form a ball.
- Place the truffle into the cocoa powder and toss it around until it is covered with the cocoa then place it on a paper candy cup.
- You can also roll them in powdered sugar for added variety.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container. They will keep for about 3 days.
Enjoy the chocolate goodies.