With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, y’all might be feelin’ pressure to come up with some big romantic gesture for someone you love. And while it’s too late and too expensive to book a trip to Bali or hire Barry Manilow to make a house call, it’s never too late to show someone how much you love and appreciate them by giving ‘em something homemade from the heart. It doesn’t need to be a big production; sometimes the simplest gestures are the sweetest ones.
This doesn’t mean doing a last-minute dash to the grocery to pick up a box of chocolates, like the ones with the little maps inside to let you know what you don’t want to eat. Store-bought chocolates just say “re-gift”—not exactly the best way for someone to feel the love. Of all the days, Valentine’s is just not the time to be settling for less. The whole point of the holiday is to find a way to say “I love you” without even having to move your lips.
Whatever you may have heard about the complexities of candymakin’, rest assured that these Valentine’s Day chocolates are so easy. “Simple and sweet” is the best way to describe these handmade boxes of chocolates that I’ve put together. All you really need is your favorite brand of chocolate and some inspiration.
I found my inspiration in dozens of darling little molds used to make chocolate pops. I fell in love with these lips that I wrapped tightly in bright red foil. All I had to do was melt the chocolate, pour it in the mold, let it harden back up and pop it out. I also made “nut clusters” by mixin’ in my favorite nuts and spooning it into festive paper liners in a mini-cupcake tin. Once the chocolates set, I put them in a decorative container with my Valentines’ names written on them, keeping in mind that while presentation isn’t everything (taste is!), it still counts for something.
Of course, no box of chocolates would be complete without a couple pieces of homemade fudge. My simple recipe makes fudge that will just melt in your mouth. And forget about drawing a map for your box of chocolates. Your loved ones won’t be discriminating—they’ll eat every single morsel.
You know, Valentine’s Day and a box of chocolates go hand in hand. Like two people madly in love, they can’t be pried apart—not even with a crowbar, y’all. Likewise, you won’t be able to pull these wonderful chocolates out of the hand that receives ‘em, so be sure stash away a few for yourself! The cook deserves some lovin’, too.
*You can find similar supplies in your local craft stores!
Make your own homemade chocolate box with these recipes!
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge Candy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Devil Drop Cookies
Old Time Chocolate Fudge
Salted Caramel Brownies
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm