If you're like me, your first reaction when thinking about Valentine's Day is food. Because #gluttony.
But Valentine's, unfortunately, has gotten to be one of those holidays like New Year's Eve: people get excited for it, they plan for it, and then, because it's so full of expectations, it's kind of always a bummer.
To guard against this, Jordan and I established a Valentine's tradition called "pizza and board games." Bet you can't figure out what we do.
...you guessed it. Order a big giant pizza, watch movies, and play board games. Aren't we SO COOL??
This year, though, thanks to my friends at Two City Vegans, we're going to be adding these treats to our tradition. Why? Because they are easy, because they are two ingredients, and because they are already done.
Note: I bought non-vegan chocolate chips, so my recipe doesn't include the almond milk or coconut oil that TCV's does. Equally delicious!
1 bag of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Your filling of choice
This silicon heart mold, or a cupcake tin lined with parchment paper
1. Pour your chocolate chips into a a bowl. Temper your chocolate 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each trip to the microwave, until smooth.
2. Carefully spoon the chocolate into the molds until they're about 1/3 of the way full.
3. Spoon in your filling! I would recommend using a larger dollop of peanut butter than I did, but even a smaller amount was SO. GOOD.
4. Fill the rest of your heart molds with chocolate under the peanut butter (or filling) is totally covered.
5. Pop these bad boys in the freezer and wait a couple of hours. Then, enjoy!
We ended up with milk chocolate and peanut filling, dark chocolate and chili powder (just mix it in to taste), milk chocolate and sea salt, and dark chocolate with homemade raspberry jam filling. (To make the jam - a carton of raspberries, 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of sugar - bring the mixture to a boil, then cover, simmer, and cool.)
Y'all, these were so yummy, so pretty, and so easy. Perfect for an office party, for your sweetheart, or to make with your kids. Happy Valentine's! And thanks again to Two City Vegans for this fabulous idea!