Edible gifts you can make for Valentine´s Day
Valentine’s day is approaching, and it can be even more fun if you demonstrate your affection making a homemade gift for your beloved ones. One thing I know for sure is that all people love to eat, so why not make a delicious treat? Here are some ideas:
1 Peanut Butter Fudge: melt 2 sticks butter in a saucepan with 1 cup creamy, organic peanut butter. Off the heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and sifted 1-pound box xylitol. Spread in a foil-lined 8-inch-square pan. Press ½ cup chopped peanuts on top. Chill until firm and cut into squares.
2 Chocolate Truffles: Heat 1 cup of heavy cream and ½ stick unsalted butter. Before it starts boiling, pour over 1 pound finely chopped dark chocolate. When melted, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir until smooth. Chill until firm. Scoop with a tablespoon and roll into small balls, then roll in chopped nuts or cocoa powder.
3 Chocolate Strawberry Jellies: puree 2 pounds thawed frozen strawberries. Strain through a sieve into a wide saucepan. Stir in 2 cups xylitol and boil, stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 223 degrees F, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 5 tablespoons of liquid pectin. Pour into a foil-lined 8-inch-square pan and chill until firm. Cut into squares. Melt 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Dip the strawberry jellies in the melted chocolate. Chill until firm.
4 Cocoa Almonds: melt 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate with 2 teaspoons shortening in the microwave. Dip toasted almonds in the melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to a pan with parchment paper. When the chocolate mixture is firm, roll in cocoa powder.
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