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Chocolates are a must on Valentine’s Day. Make your own heart shaped chocolates for an extra special gift, one that everyone will love.
Learn the one special trick to ensure your chocolate melts perfectly every single time.
How would you like to be greeted on Valentine’s morning with a cup of coffee and some home made heart shaped chocolates?
I’m guessing you would be pretty happy, and therefore your loved one would be just as happy!
I mean really. Chocolate and Valentine’s day are simply a match made in heaven. So how about making a piece of that heaven all by yourself.
It’s actually a whole lot easier than you might think!
Put the love into your chocolate and have a go at making them yourself. You will not be able to go wrong and it will look super impressive.
The Easiest Way To Melt Chocolate
If you only remember ONE thing about this post, let it be this: Chocolate and water do not mix.
Think of it like this.
Chocolate and water are worst enemies, they hate each other and they are never going to get along.
The sooner that fact is accepted, the happier everyone will be!
Make sure at ALL cost that your precious chocolate does NOT come into contact with any water. Heed this warning and you will be absolutely fine.
The easiest way to melt your chocolate is in a bowl over a saucepan.
Make sure that the bowl is larger than the rim of the saucepan to avoid any steam touching the chocolate (remembering the water and chocolate sin!).
Once the chocolate has completely melted, pour into your heart shaped chocolate mold and leave until completely set.
Choose large or small heart molds, the choice is yours.
If you take care of your mold, you can use them again and again and again!
TIP: If you have difficulty removing the chocolate from the mold IT IS NOT SET.
Do not try to force it, just be patient and leave it a little longer. Leave it to set at room temperature and not in the fridge.
As much as it is a lovely idea to serve a couple of heart shaped chocolates with a morning coffee, the question does remain what happens to the rest of the chocolate’s you made.
It may not sound like a difficult decision, but just in case, why not package them up in a beautiful gift box to create an extra special Valentine’s day gift.
For a final touch, add one of our FREE printable Valentines gift tags and your gift is ready to go.
This is an incredibly easy gift to make, and it is hard to look past chocolate on Valentines Day. So this year, why not give them a try.
Just be careful that you don’t eat them all before you gift them!
What do you think of these heart shaped chocolates as a Valentine’s gift?
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Clair Trebes says
Wonderful post 🙂 I like the visuals you’ve used here, its kind of made me want to go away and try to make some of my own chocs! Not per say for Valentines Day (I’m afraid I’m cynic where this holiday is concerned) but with Easter just around the corner and lots of young cousins and nieces and nephews running around I think we could have a lot of fun in doing this.
My Mum tried to make some xmas chocolates, but we had trouble with getting them to set and melting and now I know where we went wrong! Thanks for sharing this post, with some very practical tips I’ve learned a lot in a few minutes of reading this …. not to mention mouth watering at the gorgeous pics you’ve added!
Fantastic, give the chocolate making another go! There are so many cute moulds on the market and you can have so much fun with it. You niece’s and nephews will think you are an extra funky Aunty!! It actually takes quite a while for the chocolate to set at room temperature, so try and be patient. Best thing to do is leave it overnight and then you won’t be tempted to keep trying to get the chocolates out the mould! Good luck 🙂
Matt Smith says
What a great idea!
I suppose you can make what ever shape you want really. Would be great to do for other holidays as well; Pumpkin shaped for Halloween, Bunny shaped for Easter, Santa shaped for Xmas, etc.
Great post Catherine 🙂
Absolutely Matt. There are so many different types of moulds for sale now, that you can be as creative as you like, and there is definitely no need to go with the ‘bulk standard’ 🙂
Ivan Aliku says
This Val series is getting more than interesting. I sure learned a thing here today. I never knew chocolate and water do not mix. Well, I like the way this post was structured and to be honest, chocolates are my very best. I think this is a perfect homemade gift for Val.
Thanks for your lovely comment Ivan. I am a chocoholic so it had to be included somewhere in this feature! Once you know how to melt chocolate properly, you will be able to play around with it and make lots of interesting shapes. It makes it that little bit more personal and fun than just buying a standard box. If you adhere to the chocolate and water rule, you will have no problems 🙂
Astro Gremlin says
These look as good as “store bought” and your photos make them look sooooo tempting.
Thanks for your lovely comment Astro. They will taste better than store bought ones too, because they were made with love….he he. I think personalizing things is the way to go at Valentines 🙂
Simple Hacks Living says
They turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays!
Catherine Holt says
Thanks, it’s always nice to have something a little more personal too 🙂
These beautiful chocolate hearts are calling my name! I have a perfect mold for making this heavenly recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it!