Happy Valentine’s Day + Homemade Choco Treats + Giveaway!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
For those in Japan, Happy Red Day!
Not sure about countries outside of japan but we celebrate 14th February as red day. This is the day when the girls give the guys gifts etc. Generally its chocolate. There is also a practice to give giri chocolate aka obligation chocolate. Ie to just male friends.
FYI guys return a gift on 14th march aka white day.

This year, it is also popular to give tomo-choco aka friend chocolate.
As with every year, i made the chocolate i give out
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Ingredients

This is the recipe i used
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I saved this from a Tokyu Hands brochure from..3 years ago?

Break the milk chocolate and melt it using a double boiler
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Or a bowl above boiling water in a pot [make sure the bowl doesnt touch the water]

Mix chopped peanuts through it
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Pour into a tray/dish lined with wax paper

Repeat the same step with white chocolate but mix chopped caramels through it
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Pour onto of the milk chocolate [Wait for it to harden slightly before u pour the white choco mix on]

Scatter heart shaped candy or whatever decoration you have
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I kinda messed up..i didnt buy enough white chocolate hahaha
When it all hardens, cut into blocks/squares. These were giri choco for all my male friends.

I also baked some cupcakes and decorated them with chocolates.
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I am giving these to my girlfriends ^^

And for the husband, i attempted something different this year…
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I bought this chocolate mold from JUSCO supermarket [it was around 5 dollars? i forgot]
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This is really for young children or perhaps teenagers i think hahah but i thought it would be amusing to try it.

It has two parts, a tray and a mold
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You fill the lower layer with hot boiling water
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Put a block of chocolate in the mold half and sink that into the hot water bath
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When the bottom has melted, it should take on the shape of the mold.

I thought this would be easy to do but my first attempt
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It broke really badly.

2nd attempt, i used two blocks of chocolate for strength [to prevent cracking]
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Using some chocolate pens i bought from Daiso, i decorate the block of chocolate
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End result
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I blurred out my message to the husband hahahahah

Packaged the treats i made….[for the ladies]
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For the guys
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For the besties [both boys]
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And for one of you!
I’m giving away a cute keychain/phone strap
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Its supposed to be a chou cream aka cream puff aka profiterole
Lookit the cute stitch trapped in it XD

Giveaway ENDED ^^

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Comment: Tell me something..anything. It should be about this post, how you met your SO, how much you hate Vday, why you should win the keychain. Anything.

Winner will be picked on how interesting the comment is. ^^
Contest open to all and ends Friday 18th Feb Midnight Tokyo Time.

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      if the bowl touches the water, there is a high chance the bottom of the bowl would be too hot and end up burning your chocolate at the bottom [even if u stir, there is still a coating at the bottom of the bowl which could burn ] hope this helps!!!!

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      thank you! i think Daiso in SG does sell those chocolate pens. friend of mine says she got hers from Ion Daiso ^^;

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      i dont eat chocolate either [i dont like the taste of it. sometimes i eat white choco but i avoid milk and dark chocolate like plague]
      i havent seen these molds in daiso sadly..but hey u never know! u should try!

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      it takes around 10mins for the bottom to melt ^^ if you lift the mold up, u can see where its melted and sunk into the mold [u kinda need to tap it a bit to help it along]

      i cheated by putting it in the freezer so it cools faster before i flipped it out XD

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      LOL no, girls dont have to give out anything on white day
      i dont think boys tend to make anything though..usually its a present or bought chocolates ^^

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      much agreed! thats why i actually like this chocolate tradition in japan. everyone including those single tend to get something

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      much agreed! thats why i actually like this chocolate tradition in japan. everyone including those single tend to get something
      also since its just chocolate, there is actually less emphasis on huge expensive presents etc here
      husband and i ..though been together 10 years, have never eaten out on vday cos i refuse to pay the overpriced dinners etc XD

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      aww! come visit me then! btw i always wanted to ask abt ur email! are u a fan of Goro from SMAP?

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