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3 Sweet Valentine’s Treats

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It’s that time of year again where the advertising world goes crazy over pink, red and all things chocolate.  The tried and true route of assorted chocolates will always be a welcome and delicious gift.  However, there are fun ways to spice up this year’s day of love that will knock the socks right off your valentine.

Chocolate Martini

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Give your Valentine’s Day a little kick with a spiked dessert a la the chocolate martini, or some ChocoVine for those who don’t actually want to make anything.  There are endless recipes floating around out there, but Inside SCV breaks it down in a most delicious way.

2 oz base spirit (vodka, light rum or brandy)

½ oz chocolate liqueur

½ oz white crème de cacao

Chocolate syrup to coat rim of martini glass

Coat the rim of the martini glass with syrup.  Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into the martini glass.  Voila, a perfectly sexy and sweet Valentine’s Day treat.

Godiva Limited Edition Cupcakes

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Godiva is one of the undisputed champs of the commercial chocolate world.  With a gourmet twist, Godiva is definitely a rich indulgence for special occasions.  For a novel approach this February, take home a batch of the brand new limited edition pink vanilla buttercream cupcakes.  Inside each one of these delectable little cakes is a luxurious center of Godiva chocolate ganache.  These candy-colored works of art are almost too good to eat.  Almost.

Hershey’s Hugs Mousse

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There’s really no holiday anymore that exists without Hershey’s somewhere.  Why not include the famous and familiar Kiss in a decadent mousse?  For a spin on a classic, Hershey’s whipped theirs up with their creamy little Hugs.  For a fast Hershey’s Hugs Mousse, try this recipe (four ½ cup servings):

44 Hershey’s Hugs chocolates, divided

½ teaspoon unflavored gelatin

1 tablespoon cold water

2 tablespoons boiling water

1 cup (1/2 pt.) cold whipping cream

1.  Place 36 unwrapped chocolates in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave at medium for 1 minute.  Stir until just melted and smooth.  If need be, microwave again in 15 second increments stirring after each heating.

2.  Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl; let stand 1 minute to soften.  Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved and clear, then let cool slightly.

3.  On low speed mixer, gradually beat whipping cream into melted chocolate until blended.  Beat on medium speed until doubled in volume.  Gradually pour in gelatin while beating until well blended.  Separate into serving dishes and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.  Top with remaining chocolates.

Put a special spin on your Valentine’s Day this year with sweet homemade treats (or an exciting limited edition novelty).  Make sure there’s enough chocolate to put a small child into a coma and you’ll be golden.

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