Valentine's Day for a Western woman means sitting back and waiting for the candy, flowers, and overstuffed teddy bears to roll in. However, if you've been watching Mitsudomoe, you know that women in Japan don't have it so easy. Over there, it's a day for the ladies to give out chocolate to their special someones.
Are you a girl who wants to impress your anime-loving significant other by joining in on the tradition? Are you a boy who wants to join in on the fun? Luckily, making chocolate is easy! Here's how I make it:
1) Go to your local craft store and pick up supplies. You'll want semi-sweet or sweet chocolate chips, plastic chocolate molds, and lollipop sticks. The chocolate chips come in lots of colors so I usually pick up brown, white, and red. I've found a good selection at chain stores like Michael's and A.C. Moore, but it might be different in your area.
2) At home, put a half cup of the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl, and nuke it for about a minute. Take it out to stir the melty chocolate, and give it another twenty seconds or so if it hasn't melted all the way.
3) Once you have your chocolate melted, spoon different colors into the molds in order to make patterns. If you have a heart mold for example, you could try to make one half of the heart with red chocolate, and the other half with white. Don't forget to put the lollipop stick in the still warm chocolate in the mold.
4) Put your chocolates in the freezer. I leave them in for about fifteen minutes so they can harden. After that, I pull them out of the molds being careful they don't break, and am free to put more warm chocolate into the molds again. (You can tell that I also made tiny heart chocolates to put in the gift bags!) You can tie ribbons around your finished chocolate lollipops, put them in gift bags, and surprise your koibito with them today.
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