Everyone wants to feel the love! As a kid, we always celebrated Valentine’s day with our family. There were many years when my parents would be out of town and my sister and I would stay with my Aunt ,Uncle and cousins and together we would celebrate Valentine’s Day.
My Aunt always made this a special day for us. It started off with a card in the morning, a surprise treat in my lunch and the “piece de resistance” was always dessert. A heart shaped cake and chocolate fondue.
Many loves have come in and out of my life since then, but family is always a constant. And now that i have my own family , i have continued the tradition of celebrating with my husband and kids and followed in my Aunt’s footsteps to some degree.
Here are my Valentine’s Day customs…
- everybody gets a small chocolate treat
- family dinner
- Heart shaped homemade dessert
- Chocolate fondue
I started this tradition when my 17 year old son was just 2.
Our first Valentine’s Day cake that we made together for “Daddy” looked something like this, but was before the digital age…..so pics are somewhere in boxes!!
But everybody’s favourite is the chocolate fondue made with Toblerone chocolate.
Its easy to make and so yummy!!
- 100g of your favourite chocolate
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Melt chocolate over low heat, add the cream and blend over heat.
Remove from stove, pour into fondue set and enjoy!!
This year i decided to try making the fondue with gourmet chocolate that we put in our gift baskets instead of the Toblerone. I tried 3 different chocolates, which meant a lot of taste testing for the family! It was like Valentine’s Day came early and three times this year!!
Using the same recipe as I have always used, i just replaced the chocolate with three of my favorite chocolates.
“Lindt” dark chocolate with Fleur de Sel
“Laura Secord” milk chocolate toffee crunch
“Lindt” dark chocolate caramel and Fleur de sel
For dipping : strawberries, bananas, tangerines, apples, marshmallows and my favourite Sara Lee pound cake( which i have not been able to find this year!!).
My favourite is the “Lindt” dark chocolate fleur de sel. I found the “Laura Secord” toffee crunch way too sweet but was my daughter’s fave. With the “Lindt” caramel and sea salt chocolate, the caramel pieces are too sticky and don’t melt.
What kind of chocolate do you use? What do you dip in your chocolate fondue?
With lots of sweet love,