I haven't the slightest idea when chocolate became synonymous with Valentine's Day. Perhaps the continual push that it is a woman's day and it's practically science that women love chocolate. Over the years I've opened my vanilla-centered heart up to chocolate, I've got Mr. Brownie to thank for that, along with a darned good local chocolate company.
In the spirit of love and chocolate, I made a homemade version of one of Harry and David's lovely creations, their Milk Chocolate Dipped Raspberries. They are perfect (and simple) with only three ingredients that you shape into a heart.
I also tried a few in mini silicon cupcake liners. These will be a bit larger but the more chocolate the better? If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift or dessert this week, my Milk Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cups are easy, full of that desirable chocolate and fruit combination and perfectly festive.
Milk Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cups
by Becky of Project Domestication
4 oz. high-quality milk chocolate, chopped
pint of fresh raspberries, rinsed and dried
1/2 c. white chocolate, chopped
special equipment: candy cups, pastry bag, coupler and round pipping tip
Melt milk chocolate in microwave. Start with 30 seconds then stir with spoon, repeat one or two more times until chocolate is glossy and almost all the way melted. Stir until smooth. Spoon into candy cups, about 3/4 way full.
Place three raspberries in each cup. Then with index finger lightly push the candy cup in between the top two raspberries to form the top of a heart.
Melt white chocolate in microwave according to directions above. Spoon melted white chocolate into pastry bag fitted with small round tip. Drizzle white chocolate onto raspberries. Let set for 30-60 minutes and serve. Refrigerate extras.
Other Valentine's Day dessert recipes:
Chocolate Sugar Cookies on Completely Delicious
Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Cookies on Cafe Johnsonia
Red Hot Heart Meringue Cookies on Project Domestication
Red Velvet Tres Leches Cake on Taste and Tell
Valentine Trifecta Cookies on Barbara Bakes
Rice Krispie Valentine LolliPops on Foodie Crush
Heart-Shaped Mrs. Vogel's Sherben on Project Domestication