Be Mine, Valentine x 2

February 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

When I lived in Japan, I learned about the Japanese Valentine’s Day tradition, which I totally heart.

On Feb. 14, all the girls who like a boy give him chocolate. But it’s not as simple as that. The trick is to give your heart throb some very nice chocolate because then, on March 14 (a.k.a. White Day) the boy picks the girl who gave him the best chocolate and gives her chocolate in return. Then they’re officially in love.

A dialogue in the sweet language of cocoa. Yum!

Brad and I adopted this tradition, which I think is fun because we get chocolate twice. Unless, of course, he gives chocolate to someone else on March 14. (This is not allowed, Bradly.) Plus, Brad makes it super easy on me by preferring a homemade chocolate bark recipe I learned in a Community Ed truffle making class. Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it. It’s very easy and a fun thing to do with kids too.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (chips, disks, bars, whatever you like best)
  • Toppings (nuts, dried fruit, candy cane pieces, etc. I always go to the snack section at Target and buy something super extravagant like Dark Chocolate Espresso trail mix)

Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it. Zap it for 30 seconds at a time and stir after each session. It usually takes 3 or 4 times to get it all smooth.

Smear the chocolate on wax paper and have your toddler sprinkle on the toppings.

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Give it to your husband. He will totally pick you.

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