Valentine’s Hearts

I have an unabashed love of Valentine’s Day.  I know it’s a Hallmark holiday, but I love it nonetheless.  I will take any excuse to celebrate the people that I love, especially if that celebration involves chocolate.  These Valentine’s Hearts are homemade chocolates shaped in heart shaped candy molds.  The secret to my chocolate is to add a little salt and pepper.  You won’t pick up on the flavor, but the spices hit different parts of your mouth resulting in an unexpected pop of flavor.  Of course, you could pour the liquid chocolate into any mold and shape it into any form you desire.  Hearts seemed like the way to go for me;  hand-wrapping in red tin foil was the final special touch.  They do take a little bit of time to make, but the effect is well worth it.  Happy Valentine’s Day! -Amanda

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Valentine’s Hearts

1/2 cup cocoa butter

1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil

3 tablespoons organic powdered sugar

1/3 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1.  Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil over a double boiler until completely melted.

2.  Take the melted butter off the heat.  Whisk in the powdered sugar until dissolved.  Then whisk in the cacao powder, salt, pepper and vanilla.

3.  Pour the liquid chocolate into heart-shaped candy molds, or the mold of your choice (you could even use mini-muffin cups!).

4.  Allow to set in the refrigerator until solid.

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