Chocolate has been used as a gift for thousands of years. The ancient Aztecs even considered chocolate to be a aphrodisiac. Chocolate was exclusively a luxury gift reserved for the elite. Today, you can add a little luxury and romance to your Valentine’s Day by giving the gift of chocolate. Gifts of flowers can be too sentimental, a gift of lingerie can be too forward, but chocolate can set the right tone for your holiday as a romantic and thoughtful. Before you give chocolate to your loved one, take into consideration the many chocolate options in the marketplace, and choose the best chocolate gift to show your love and affection.
Truffles make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift. A chocolate truffle is traditionally a chocolate ganache center coated in cocoa powder. The truffle is typically spherical in shape. The chocolate truffle closely resembles the look of truffle fungus, which is how the truffle obtained its name. While truffles are typically filled with ganache, they also come in a variety other “cream-like” fillings. Truffle fillings also include: vanilla, caramel, almonds, berries, fudge, liqueur, toffee, berries and mint. Truffles have a rich, luxurious flavor and come wrapped in heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day. If your sweetheart likes rich chocolate matched with other flavors, then truffles are the best chocolate gift idea for your loved one.
If you have a hardcore chocolate lover in your life, then fudge is the best choice for your Valentine’s Day gift. Chocolate fudge is a soft baked treat of chocolate, sugar, milk and lots of butter. You can bake fudge yourself or purchase it from the store pre-made. If you bake the fudge yourself, you can cut it into any shape of your choice. For Valentine’s Day, you can cut your fudge into heart-shaped pieces. When baking your own fudge, you will want to keep an eye on the temperature. If you get your fudge hotter then 240 degrees Fahrenheit, the sugar will crystallize and the texture of your fudge will be ruined.
Individually wrapped chocolate hearts are a classic Valentine’s Day gift. Chocolate hearts tend to be fairly inexpensive and they are easy to find at your local grocery or drug store. To make your store bought chocolate hearts even more special, you can present them to your loved one in a specially engraved, decorative box. If you are looking for a fun Valentine’s gift for a child, then glue your wrapped chocolate hearts to a piece of poster board to create special message or fun design.
For a more personal touch to your Valentine’s Day gift, you can order custom chocolate with your loved one’s name or a special message engraved on top. Your local bakery or candy maker can create personalized chocolate with the message of your choice. If your local bakery does not provide this service, then you can find companies on the Internet that can engrave your message into a piece of chocolate and ship it to your address. Commercial chocolate companies are also starting to offer personalized chocolate to their customers. You can even order M&M’s engraved with your personal message for your loved one.
Chocolate brownies are the best Valentine’s gift for the person in your life that loves chocolate, but is not a huge fan of candy. Brownies are baked confections packed with chocolate taste. They are thicker and richer in texture than cookies. Brownies are also easy and inexpensive to make. Even though brownies are easy to make, you can still impress your Valentine by putting forth the effort with a homemade gift. For an added touch holiday touch, you can cut your brownies in the shape of hearts or you can coat them in pink or red frosting.
Chocolate dipped fruit is the best Valentine’s Day gift for the health conscious chocolate lover in your life. Dried fruit dipped in dark chocolate is a luxurious gift with health benefits. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is good for the heart, plus the fruit gives it added nutritional value. In addition to dried fruit dipped in chocolate, you can give the gift of fresh fruit covered in chocolate. Chocolate strawberries are a very popular gift for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate covered strawberries are also an excellent way to finish off a date. You can quickly melt the chocolate yourself on the stovetop and dip fresh strawberries for an instant dessert. Serve the chocolate strawberries with a glass of champagne to cap off your night.