Hey folks! Dan here with a post for the fellas and ladies who want to turn up the smooooooooth this Valentine’s Day.
I’m going to show you how to make your own box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Yes, I’m talking the whole kit and caboodle. I promise, minimal kitchen and crafty skills are required for this simple, homemade gift.
Some will ask “Why make a box of chocolates when you can buy one?” It’s the thought that counts, right? Sure… it is… But I’m willing to bet this will count for more! It’s a great excuse to devote a bit of time and energy to someone who means something to you, and to have fun in the process.
Now you can choose a pre-fab gift box from the shop, but I think it’s actually more fun to make your own box with some colorful paper and cardstock. I’m not going to take you through every step of that process, but if you’re interested, sign up for our newsletter and keep an eye out in the coming days for a super-secret-tutorial that will show you how.
Bonus: homemade gift box not exclusive to V-day – Can be gifted at any time in the year!
Neat, eh? Anyway, let’s talk about the chocolates.
- 200-300g block of dark chocolate (I used 72%)
- fillings of choice (e.g. roasted almonds, mini-marshmallows, peanuts, raisins, candy, etc)
- an ice cube tray that makes small ice cubes. Silicone tray works best, but regular plastic will do
- a double-boiler – or if you don’t have one – the cheater’s version (more below)
- a pan of ice water
The method is really quite simple :
- Break up the chocolate in chunks or chop with a sharp knife. Get your fillings ready. Everything is going to come together fairly quickly, so you’ll want them close at hand.
- Prepare your double boiler. Or if you don’t have one, a cheater’s version can be created by placing a pot or pan on top of a pot of boiling water, like I did below.
- Melt the chocolate in the top section of your double boiler, stirring frequently.
4. While it melts, take a moment to fill another pan with cold water (toss in some ice cubes to keep it cold). When the chocolate has turned to a silky liquid, remove the top from the boiling pot, and place in the pan of ice water.
5. Turn the chocolate in the pan as it sits in the ice water. In doing so, you’re tempering the chocolate. As the chocolate cools and later re-hardens, it’s less likely to have a milky film form if tempered.
6. After 30 seconds of stirring, pour half of your melted chocolate into the ice cube tray to the halfway point. You can either transfer the chocolate to a measuring cup to make for easy pouring, or just spoon it in straight from the pan.
…and that’s it. When they’re done, flip your tray and tap them out. Here’s where the silicone tray comes in handy, as you can use your thumb to push them out of their “mould.”
Box ’em up all fancy. If you make enough, you can fill the box with neat stacks, or arrange them with tissue. Whatever you do, they won’t last long!
Pretty happy with how these turned out. The marshmallow ones were Erin’s favourite.
What do you think? I’m thinking this could be a fun gift at almost any time of the year.
Happy gifting, you smooth, sly dog… And remember: for all the details on how you can make an impressive box to house your impressive chocolates, subscribe to our newsletter! Paper Gift Boxes will be an exclusive secret tutorial for subscribers! (We send our newsletters on Sundays and sometimes, as in this case, we include exclusive content.)
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