In February, it’s all about the chocolate. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s nearly impossible to go into a store without seeing a display of red and pink boxes of chocolate candies, truffles and treats. If you or your loved ones are more into organic treats as sweet indulgences, but shy away from the high prices of many organic brands, there is an alternative. This year, give your Valentine an easy home made chocolate treat, or make some fondue to share together!
Coconut and Chocolate Treats
7 oz. of soy milk
1 tablespoon organic, unrefined sugar
9 oz. of shredded coconut
7 oz. of organic chocolate
1. Fill one pot halfway with water, and bring it to a boil. Fit the other pot over this one and place the chocolate inside to melt.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together. Make into little balls and set on a cookie sheet.
3. When the chocolate is melted, turn off the stove and brush the coconut balls with the melted chocolate. If desired, let the chocolate dry and brush another layer of chocolate.
Recipe posted on http://guides.greentowns.com/3-organic-chocolate-recipes-for-valentines-day-and-beyond/green-rating , from an ehow.com recipe
Organic Valentine’s Chocolate Fondue
1 pound of premium organic semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, well chopped
1 1/2 cups of organic heavy cream
1. Set aside the chopped chocolate. Pour the cream into a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan (or double boiler if you have one) over low heat. Bring the cream to a simmer and add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
2. Transfer the chocolate to a fondue pot and enjoy.
Ideas for what to dip in chocolate fondue:
Fruits: sliced bananas (grilled + caramelized, even better), apples, pears, peaches, pineapples, dried fruit, citrus sections, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries.
Cakes and other sweet things: angel food cake, graham crackers, marshmallows, tiny brownies, tiny cookies, lady fingers, shortbread, amaretti, biscotti, crystallized ginger chunks, or meringues.
Or, infuse the heavy cream in the beginning with accent flavors. Some ideas: espresso powder, spices, herbs, fruit purees, or zests. If you are using herbs like mint, you might need to strain them out of the cream, and return the pot to heat before adding the chocolate.