Above: Woo your Valentine with a yummy handmade box of chocolates.
Eek! There's only a few days to go and you're valentine will be expecting something spectacular! Why not make your loved one a box of chocolates? It's pretty cheap and is sure to woo your beloved.
I used to make these chocolates with my Dad as a kid, and a few years ago when money was tight at Christmas, I made a few boxes for presents, complete with a selection choice card detailing all the different chocolates! The recipients loved them so much, I often make them as last-minute gifts.
All you need is a few supplies and an hour or so. Follow a couple of youtube videos for the two origami tutorials and melt a bit of chocolate, et voila! A homemade box of chocs anyone would be thrilled to receive.
200g of chocolate - use which ever type you prefer - but it must be plain, none of that caramel business! (I used a supermarket own brand of Dark 85% cocoa),
A microwaveable bowl or bain-marie,
A silicone ice cube tray - can be regular rectangles or any shapes you like,
2 x sheets of square pretty paper (I used scrapbook paper which is 12" by 12"),
A pair of scissors,
(Optional) 1 x sheet of origami paper or patterned paper 5" by 5" for the heart,
(Optional) A few edible goodies to go inside the chocolates - e.g love hearts, nuts, marzipan, mini marshmallows, etc,
(Optional) Edible glitter or sprinkles (not chocolate though or they will melt),
(Optional) Ribbon to tie around the box
Above: say it like you mean it with love hearts and chocolates - what's not to love?
Break all of the chocolate into small pieces and put into a microwavable bowl. Put the bowl into your microwave and heat for 2 minutes, checking and stirring every 30 seconds so that the chocolate doesn't burn and melts uniformly.
N.B You can also melt your chocolate in a bain-marie on the stove.
When all the chocolate has melted, pour a little into the silicone moulds/ice tray. Place your filling on top and cover with more melted chocolate.
You can also put some nuts etc on the top for decoration. I finished some of mine off with a few love hearts and a sprinkle of edible, non-toxic glitter for a bit of added bling!
Place the moulds or ice cube tray into the fridge for about an hour or until the chocolate has set.
You can also leave them out to set (but I would place a plastic container over them to stop dust etc settling on them!).
While the chocolate is setting, make your box for the chocolates to go in.
Right: Pour the chocolate into the mould and decorate.
Above: Making an origami box and heart is easier than it looks!
Make the box.
Using the video tutorial below, make a square origami box.
The video doesn't mention this, but make the bottom half of the box a little smaller by cutting your square down to start with. You need to chop off about 1/16th", but make sure that it's still a square by cutting it off of 2 (not opposite) sides.
(I had to stop and start the video to follow along as it goes a little quick at times).