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Ideas for Leftover Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Left over Chocolate

The day of Love has come and gone, but the mounds of gifted chocolate will remain for weeks to come. Instead of forcing yourself to nibble on foil-wrapped hearts until May (or freezing them until forever), find cool ways to turn those leftover sweets into new treats.  The possibilities are endless, but here are 7 ideas to help get you started.

1. Candy Charades

Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes always have the traditional nougat and cream filling, but there are also always a few mysteries that no one can quite seem to identify, For candies leftover on February 15, gather some friends or family members for a game of charades.  The goal: guess which flavor your teammate just ate.

2. Chocolate Fondue

Leftover milk chocolate plus marshmallow cream makes for one delicious party platter. Simply melt the chocolate, then mix  in a 7-ounce jar of cream, 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, 3 ounces of white baking chocolate, and 1/4 cup toasted almonds, plus a dash of almond extract. Serve with fresh fruit or cubed pound cake.

Chocolate Fondue

3. Popcorn Drizzle

Chocolate-covered popcorn is a delicious alternative to the salty, buttery theater staple that you’re used to, and you can make it as simple or as involved as you like. simply pop the popcorn, drip some chocolate on top, and vanilla, place the mixture on an oiled pan, and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Popcorn drizzle with chocolate

4. Homemade Trail Mix

Good trail mix demands the presence of tasty chocolate. Grab a few other essentials (nuts, raisins, seeds), mix in chopped Valentine’s goodies, and  you’re ready to hit the trail (or gym)

Homemade Trail Mix

5. Sweet French Toast 

Treat friends (or that special someone) to a post-Valentine’s day brunch. the standout on your menu: Chocolate-and-banana French toast.

French Toast 

6. Chocolate wasted cake

Another “everything but the kitchen sink” kind of dessert, this cake is pretty standard on the inside (chocolate cake with coffee flavor added). The outside is where your Valentine’s Day leftovers can come in handy: use whatever you have lying around to add some edible flair to the dessert’s surface.

Chocolate cake

7. Strawberry Hearts

Cut strawberries lengthwise, placing them flat side down, so that the two halves form the general shape of a heart (stick a toothpick through the berry to keep them secure). Melt some chocolate in the microwave (a minute or two should do the trick), then pour over the fruit. Refrigerate for an hour and serve.

Strawberry Hearts

And those are the 7 things to do with leftover Chocolate! Enjoy!

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