Hearts, flowers, and chocolates spell R-O-M-A-N-C-E! Chocolates and flowers have always been the traditional Valentine’s day gifts for the special one. No matter how cliché, I feel so special and loved whenever hubby gives me flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s day. Imagine how romantic simple chocolate treats can be if your special someone makes them for you. Sweetness overload, indeed! To celebrate hearts day, here’s a romantic dark chocolate recipe to try.
Dark Chocolate Recipe Makes it Sweeter Not Bitter
Chocolates have always been popular treats enjoyed by millions because it is sweet, creamy, and sensually delicious. It is also believed as an aphrodisiac that escalates sparks of romantic feelings and makes one fearless. Chocolates, especially dark chocolate boosts serotonin, the body’s happy hormone. As there are so many beliefs about chocolates, let me tell you the benefits of eating them.
- Chocolates contain high levels of antioxidants that will make the body stronger.
- Has active phenolic compounds that have a favorable impact on aging, and body conditions such as oxidative stress, blood pressure, atherosclerosis (Source: medicalnewstoday.com).
- It helps to reduce bad/low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol levels in the body.
- Helps prevent memory decline in older people because it improves blood circulation and helps reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems.
Guilty Pleasures No More
Of course, I know that you promised to lose unwanted fats and eat healthy all the time. However, you now know why eating chocolates in moderation should no longer make you feel guilty.
In choosing the right chocolates, you need to know your chocolate varieties.
- Unsweetened, 85-100% – Are bitter to taste but add the most intense chocolatey flavor to cookies.
- Bittersweet, 65-80% – Also used often for cooking purposes. 70% variety is the most recommended healthy form of a chocolate snack.
- Semi-sweet, 35-60%- Contains more sugar and is less healthy for those who want to avoid sugary snacks.
- Milk chocolate, 10-20%- The most popular but the least nutritional of all chocolates. However, everyone and their mothers will swear that this is the sweetest, most delicious snack in the world!
- White chocolate, 0%- In the real sense, it is not chocolate because it is made only of chocolate butter and sugar at 55%. Sadly, it has no nutritional value. (Source: proflowers.com )
Personally, I am just too happy because I have found a reason to indulge in my favorite treats!
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Dark Chocolate Treats
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil melted
- 5-6 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together by hand or using a mixer, making sure that they are completely incorporated well.
- Carefully fill the “flowers and hearts” silicone chocolate molds with the combine chocolate mixture.
- Store in the freezer for about 2-3 hours or until solid.
- Package in a romantic box and add a cute ribbon.