Frugal Valentine's Day Ideas

It's coming up. That one day of the year where we all get together to celebrate love and especially to celebrate our love for the person that we are inlove with. Unfortunately, it has become totally commercialized and can be very expensive. For the next bit we are going to be highlighting inexpensive or free Valentine's Day ideas (or any other dating event for that matter!)

What better way to start off with than food! Chocolates and candy are the first thing that comes to my mind. I have done some searching to find some sites that offer recipes and directions on how to make chocolates and candy.

Chocolate Truffles sound so delicious. I found a great sounding recipe over at the Pastiche Family Portal. I think that the only thing that I would add to this or any chocolate making recipe, would be to pour the chocolate into moulded ice cube trays for a shape as well. Just a thought.

Chocolate Truffles

1 1/2 (12 oz ) bag of sweet chocolate
1 15 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
grated chocolate

Melt chocolate in double boiler or however you prefer. Add milk, salt and vanilla and stir until smooth and thick. Remove from stove and cool. When cool use butter on your fingers and take about 1 teaspoon of mixture and roll into balls and coat with grated chocolate. You can also roll the balls in red and white sprinkles for some color and then put in your mini cupcake holders.

If you don't know how to make chocolates and would like a full tutorial. I found a link to one place here

Another idea would be to take pretzel sticks and dip them in melted chocolate. You can get red chocolate at baking supply store or bulk stores. Melt it over a double boiler and dip the pretzel in it. Then you could always take the chocolate covered pretzel and roll them in sprinkles, cinnamon hearts or double dip them in a second colour for a different effect. 

I wonder what chocolate has to do with Valentine's Day? Anyone know.

Next chocolate thing, more dipping.

Mix up a batch of shortbread cookies and use Valentine shape cookie cutters to cut out shapes to bake. After they are baked, you could icing them, or you could dip them in melted chocolate as well. Then there are always chocolate dipped strawberries and other fruit. You could even do a fondue together!

Well, that's all my chocolate stuff for the day. I figured I would start with these so that you have time to taste test them ;) 

What do you like to make from chocolate for Valentine's Day? Please drop a comment off and share. 

Enjoy your day! 

1 comment:

Let the party begin... said...

I go for the chocolate-dipped only splurge, lol and a dvd. Sometimes if we're feeling flush, we'll add take-out.