Nothing says I Love You for Valentine’s Day more than a home-made present to eat together so how about making your loved one your own Chocolate Dipping Set and save pounds on the pocket if not on the waistline!
Melt 100g broken good quality Chocolate with 50 ml Double Cream in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water (without touching the water). Feel free to add flavouring at this stage if you wish – 2 tsp alcohol, strong coffee, flavoured syrup (for coffee), sprinkle chilli powder, 1 tsp vanilla paste, 5 drops peppermint essence, whatever you choose.
Put the chocolate pot in a small cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon. Present this in a pretty box, attractive serving dish or small tray with skewers surrounded by your choice of sweet treats – Marshmallows, small Biscuits, Coconut Macaroons, pieces of Dried Fruit, Pink Wafers, Pretzel Sticks (try them!), Fudge, Cake Squares, or Fresh Fruit (if making up the same day as giving). Wrap as you wish with a label giving heating instructions:
Reheat chocolate gently either in a microwave, low oven or back in a bowl over boiling water until runny and smooth – do not over heat. Dip and enjoy!
Make ahead! Chocolate pot can be made 3 days in advance or frozen 1 month ahead and defrosted overnight before wrapping up.