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Sweets

Nothing Screams Romance More Than Mining From A Chocolate Mountain

Chocolate-Mining

For those sweating over Valentine’s Day plans, here’s a sweet idea. A department store in Japan is offering couples the chance to mine their own chocolate from a mountain made of the cocoa confectionary.

RocketNews 24 reports that the Isetan department store in Shinjuku Japan is offering a Valentine’s Day promotion where lovers can chip away at a miniature mountain range made entirely of chocolate.

Imagine feeling like a kaju with low blood sugar standing next to this wondrous beauty.

A single glass bottle of chocolate you mine will run you about 1,500 yen ($13 US). Not a bad price for a whimsical activity.

It’ll definitely something we’d remember doing years later.

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Sadly, the chocolate mountain special ends the day after Valentine’s. Wonder what they’ll do with all that chocolate if they can’t get rid of it?

We might have a few suggestions.

Cover Photo: Kloka Facebook

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Recipes

Even if You Hate Valentine’s Day, We’re Pretty Sure You Won’t Hate These Brownies

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Confession: I actually like Valentine’s Day.  Possibly because I have a severe medium addiction to chocolate and will happily celebrate any holiday that makes it acceptable for me to receive an entire box of it.  I only have one gift to buy, only one other person to feed, and I don’t have to binge-drink 1,000 pounds of green food coloring (I’m looking at you, St. Patty’s).

 

So, Even if you “don’t believe” in Valentine’s Day…

I’m pretty sure that you probably believe in brownies.

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Valentine Brownie Bites with Strawberry Marshmallow Frosting

Makes: 24 mini brownie bites with frosting

Printable Recipe ]

For the brownies:

  • 1 cup  sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

 

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 7-ounce container of  marshmallow fluff
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup seedless strawberry jam
  • pink or red food coloring, if desired
  • decorations, if desired

 

Make the brownies:

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F and line a mini muffin tin with 24 of the cutest  mini paper liners you can find.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just incorporated.

3.  Spoon into 24 prepared mini paper liners and bake  for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes of baking, turn the heat off and leave pan in the oven for another 5 to 6  minutes.  Remove pan from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing individual brownie bites to a rack to cool completely.  The tops will be dry and slightly cracked.

(To make in standard muffin tins, bake for 19-20 minutes at 350°F, then turn off the oven and let sit for another 10 minutes before removing from the oven.  Cool in the pan 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to complete cooling.)

Make the frosting:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy.  Add marshmallow fluff and continue beating until combined.  Add the powdered sugar and mix to incorporate, then and the jam and continue beating until it is evenly distributed.
At this point the frosting will be a light pink or red color depending on the jam you used, you can beat in food coloring (I did) to achieve your desired color.

2. Top brownie bites with frosting and sprinkles.  I scooped the frosting into a gallon-size ziplock and cut off one of the corners of the bag making an opening between ¼ to ½ inch in diameter.  Gently squeeze frosting into the cupcake, creating a frosting “bubble.”

Adapted from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

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Features

Guys, Here Are the Ten Worst Food-Related Items You Can Get Your Girl for Valentine’s Day [NSFW]

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I get it. I do. Sometimes, the standard teddy-bear-holding-a-chocolate-rose thing gets boring. Even I get tired of champagne sometimes. You wanna spice up your Valentine’s Day. Completely understandable. That’s fine. We have Pinterest now, and I’m sure they can offer hundreds of unique ideas, okay, guys? It’ll be okay. You don’t have to revert to any of these things. In fact, please don’t. Ladies, if you’re reading this and you wanted fly juice, I’m sorry. Write me — we’ll fix things.

 

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1. Heart-Boiled Eggs (Get it?)

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These are cute . . . for breakfast. But giving anyone a hard boiled egg for anything ever is just . . . no.

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2. Raw Beef Bouquet

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“Carpaccio!” she’ll say if she’s a foodie. “What the hell?” she’ll say if she isn’t. Or if she’s normal.

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3. Lover’s Chips

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Even if these potato chips are heart-shaped, lemon pepper and “sugar butter”? What is that?

4. Heart-Shaped Frying Pan

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Cute! Until you make her use it.

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5. Spanish Fly Juice

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It’s an aphrodisiac, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Apparently, it can also cause “itchy genitalia,” fever, seizures, and oh yeah, death. Happy Valentine’s Day, honey!

H/T + PicThx Bizarre Food

6. Pizza Box Proposal

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Popping the question is one thing. Popping the question with a $10,000 pizza? Maybe not.

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7. Anatomically Correct Jell-O Heart

 

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Maybe if you guys met in a bio lab?

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8. Beef Jerky Underwear, AKA “Brief Jerky”

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If I have to tell you what’s wrong here, it might be too late to save your V-Day.

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9. Candy Nipple Tassels

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Hint: Don’t ever combine those three words ever.

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10. Penis Pop

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. . . no comment.

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