HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MY LOVES!
This is one of my favorite holidays right next to Halloween. And I swear to god if any of you start with this bullshit that it’s just a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ you need to get your head out of your ass. You’re thankful every day of the year, aren’t you? But on Thanksgiving, we take the day to recognize and celebrate those things. Same with Valentine’s Day. You love and are loved every single day of the year, today we just celebrate it.
But here’s the catch; here’s my suggested adjust.
Let the day be about love; not relationships.
It doesn’t matter if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, if you get a necklace or a dozen roses with overpriced chocolates because you love other people don’t you? And there’s other people who have different relationship titles that love you too, right? Your mom or your best friend or that coworker that gets you through the shittiest days. These are the people we get to celebrate. Hug someone a little longer, send your mom flowers, bring in Hershey kisses for your team – SPREAD THE LOVE.
There’s way too much hate in this world to not take advantage of such a happy day.
2 years ago, I sat in my kitchen in my little yellow house I shared with 3 of my closest friends and wrote what I feel is one of the most relatable statements on modern dating. Each year near February 14th , I go back and re-read what I wrote that night and amaze myself at how relevant it still is. I like to keep my dating life super duper private. Always have, always will. So for now, the only valentine I care to publicly mention is my good ol’ ice cream machine who has never failed to bring excess amounts of love into my life.
I guess you can say things are gettin pretty serious (;
SPEAKING OF ICE CREAM..
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bon Bons!? SHAPED LIKE HEARTS!?! Doesn’t get more lovey dovey and decadent than that folks.
If you’re following my insta-stories you’ll know that going into this, I literally had no idea if it was going to work. Zero. But hey- one quart of ice cream, 12 heart shaped bon bons and a ruined carpet later AND WE DID IT.
The cool part about this recipe (other than the obvious)? – You can use this method with any mold for any occasion your little heart desires. Switch up the ice creams, how you decorate, even the type of chocolate you use and you’ve got a customizable dessert that will blow your taste-testers away.
Enjoy these festive treats with a loved one or have a plate full yourself while you binge watch The Office…(which may or may not be my exact plan this evening). Either way, I hope you looveee them.
Stay Screamin’ xox
FOLLOW THE LOVE – @danifishbein
Recipe from random sketchy folded piece of paper in my ice cream book. Couldn’t tell ya much more than that.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bon Bons
For the ice cream:1 quart strawberries, quartered
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup finely chopped chocolate
For the bon bon chocolate:
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup white chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
LETS DO IT-
- In a food processor combine strawberries and a 1/2 cup of sugar until smooth
- In a saucepan, combine the remaining sugar with the milk until a low boil
- Whisk your egg yolks in a separate bowl until pale and thick
- Slowly temper your eggs into your milk liquid
- Cook on low heat, constantly stirring until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon
- Remove from heat and strain into the 2 cups of cream
- Now strain in your strawberry mixture
- Place plastic wrap over top of mixture and place into the fridge until cool
- Process to machines instructions
- Once finished, fold in half cup finely chopped strawberries and 1/4 cup chopped chocolate
Melt chocolate and coconut oil in microwave in 15 second intervals until melted
- Let get to room temperature (do not put in refrigerator)
- Once at room temp, spoon a little dollop of chocolate into the bottom of each mold
- Work the chocolate to cover all sides and corners of the mold
- Do not fill mold with chocolate
- Once chocolate is hard, spoon a tbsp of ice cream into each mold, using a knife to help move the ice cream to the shape of the mold
- Freeze again
- Take more chocolate and close each bonbon. Careful not to overfill!
- Freeze for 20 mins before removing from mold
- Decorate as desired