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
This is the recipe i used
I saved this from a Tokyu Hands brochure from..3 years ago?
Break the milk chocolate and melt it using a double boiler
Or a bowl above boiling water in a pot [make sure the bowl doesnt touch the water]
Mix chopped peanuts through it
Pour into a tray/dish lined with wax paper
Repeat the same step with white chocolate but mix chopped caramels through it
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
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.
I am giving these to my girlfriends ^^
And for the husband, i attempted something different this year…
I bought this chocolate mold from JUSCO supermarket [it was around 5 dollars? i forgot]
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
You fill the lower layer with hot boiling water
Put a block of chocolate in the mold half and sink that into the hot water bath
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
It broke really badly.
2nd attempt, i used two blocks of chocolate for strength [to prevent cracking]
Using some chocolate pens i bought from Daiso, i decorate the block of chocolate
I blurred out my message to the husband hahahahah
Packaged the treats i made….[for the ladies]
For the guys
For the besties [both boys]
And for one of you!
I’m giving away a cute keychain/phone strap
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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Winner will be picked on how interesting the comment is. ^^
Contest open to all and ends Friday 18th Feb Midnight Tokyo Time.