Valentine’s Day Treats on a Student Budget

Posted by York & U on February 12, 2019

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Lions! Love is in the air today, so why not make things a little more special with some homemade chocolate delights to treat yourself or to share with a loved one? In today’s #YUBlog post, we’ll be revealing our top three customizable, chocolate-lover-approved, Valentine’s Day recipes that are sure to get you in a festive mood!

DIY Chocolate Molds

Make your own customizable chocolate molds in under 10 easy steps! Don’t want to use sprinkles? No problem! You can use any kind of decoration you want to complete your DIY chocolate molds. These melt-in-your-mouth treats are the perfect accompaniment to your Valentine’s Day celebrations!

Ingredients

One packet of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

One packet of white chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

Sprinkles and other small decorations (mini chocolate chips, etc.)

Silicone molds (preferably heart-shaped)

*Recipe and instructions inspired from Melissa’s “Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Bark Bites.”

Instructions

  1. Add 2 cups of water to pot and bring it to a simmer (check periodically to see if you need a refill)
  2. Place one packet of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place them over the pot
  3. Let the chocolate chips melt for approximately 5 – 7 minutes (if still not melted, check on them again every minute)
  4. While the chocolate is melting, fill the molds with your decorations—ideally, use small decorations like sprinkles or mini chocolate chips (big decorations take up too much space in the molds)
  5. When the chocolate chips are melted, stir them until they are a smooth consistency
  6. Take some of the chocolate and put them in the individual molds. 
  7. If you would like to make white-chocolate DIY chocolate molds, repeat steps 1 through 6 with white chocolate chips (as seen in the video).
  8. Freeze for 10 – 15 minutes
  9. Hold the mold upside-down over a plate or parchment paper and carefully push on the bottom of the heart-shaped mold to release your DIY chocolate molds!

Note: You may want to avoid overfilling your molds—if you fill them ¾ of the way, the bottom of your chocolate molds are more likely to stay flat.

Serving: 1 – 2 people

*Recipe and instructions inspired from Melissa’s “Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Bark Bites.”


Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

It’s a classic Valentine’s Day treat: chocolate-covered strawberries! Follow this #YUBlog recipe to create your own dark and white chocolate decadent delights to enjoy this Valentine’s Day! 

Ingredients

One packet of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

One packet of white chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

One packet of strawberries

Instructions

  1. Add 2 cups of water to pot and bring it to a simmer (check periodically to see if you need a refill)
  2. Place one packet of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place them over the pot
  3. Let the chocolate chips melt for approximately 5 – 7 minutes (if still not melted, check on them again every minute)
  4. Stir the melted chocolate chips until they are a smooth consistency
  5. Grab a strawberry and dip it into the melted chocolate until it is covered 
  6. Place the chocolate-covered strawberry on a plate (preferably covered in parchment paper) 
  7. Continue step 5 and 6 until you have finished with your strawberries. If you want to have some strawberries in white chocolate, save them for later and repeat steps 1 through 6 with white chocolate chips.
  8. Chill your chocolate-covered strawberries in the fridge for 15 minutes, or freeze for 8 minutes
  9. You can also decorate your chocolate-covered strawberries with sprinkles or by drizzling white, semi-sweet or milk chocolate! If you take this option, remember to chill them for another 5 minutes or freeze for 3 minutes.

Serving: 3 – 4 people


Customizable Chocolate Cups

Delicious chocolate cups are a great way to sweeten up your dessert selection and customize your Valentine’s Day treats. You can fill these cups with ooey-gooey caramel sauce, fluffy marshmallows, juicy strawberries, whipped cream and more! Follow the tutorial below for a detailed set of instructions.

Ingredients

8 silicone or paper molds

A cupcake or muffin pan 

One packet of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)

One bottle of caramel sauce

One carton of strawberries

One whipped cream in a can

One packet of mini marshmallows

*Recipe and instructions inspired from Erin Kryschuk’s “How to Make Chocolate Cupcake Cups!

Instructions

  1. Add 2 cups of water to pot and bring it to a simmer (check periodically to see if you need a refill)
  2. Place one packet of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place them over the pot
  3. Let the chocolate chips melt for approximately 5 – 7 minutes (if still not melted, check on them again every minute)
  4. Stir the melted chocolate chips until they are a smooth consistency
  5. Use a spoon and a small brush to paint the sides of the silicone or paper molds
  6. Freeze for 10 – 15 minutes
  7. Begin to customize your chocolate cups! Feel free to follow our recipe in the video or make up your own!

Note: You can either fill your cupcake cups now and remove the cups from the molds later, or remove the cups from the molds now and fill the cups after.

Serving: 3 – 4 people

*Recipe and instructions inspired from Erin Kryschuk’s “How to Make Chocolate Cupcake Cups!



No matter if you’re bringing your sweets to meet with your special someone, a singles party or a party of one, we hope you have fun creating your homemade, chocolatey treats!

Leave a comment below or tweet us @YorkUStudents with your favourite Valentine’s Day recipe!

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