What to Do with Your Leftover Valentine’s Day Chocolate
From flowers to cards + stuffed animals to balloons, we often receive a ton of sweet gifts from either ourselves, our friends, family members, or partners on this universal day of love. Though most notably, chocolate seems to be the gift to give since assorted chocolate boxes or bars are the most popular on-sale items for Valentine’s Day. If you don’t know what to do with all the chocolate you receive or if you just want to #TreatYourself one day, here are 3 easy ideas you could put to use!
#1] MELT IT
A chocolate drizzle is the perfect topping that can be used to finish off a recipe with a hint of sweetness. This dark-chocolate drizzled popcorn recipe is the perfect snack for those of us with a sweet tooth! With different flavored chocolates ranging from semi-sweet, milk, dark, caramel, etc., melting is one of the easiest things you could do — no matter the type of chocolate. From chocolate drizzles to chocolate fondue, chocolate dips, or even chocolate barks, there are a ton of things you could do to make the most out of leftover, melted chocolate. Check out these banana pops that you could make by melting your V-Day chocolate : )!
The best way to melt your chocolate is by placing chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl + set it over a saucepan with simmering, hot water. The steam of the water gives you the best control over the heat + gently melts the chocolate without burning it!
#2] MIX IT IN
So many of our healthier dessert + snack recipes call for a bit of chocolate. Chopping up chocolate into mini chips//chunks is also a very easy way to use chocolate that we don’t know what to do with. From dark chocolate energy bites, to pumpkin chocolate-chip cookie dough, chocolate-chip cookies, or banana + chocolate chip muffins — mixing in any chocolate that you have [especially from Valentine’s Day] will save you from buying a bag from the store!
#3] USE IT’S BENEFITS
We all know chocolate is good for the soul, but what we often don’t know is how much chocolate, specifically dark, actually reaps in health benefits. As girls who take charge, stress is something we all deal with — whether it be from a job, school, or problems that arise in our personal lives. Dark chocolate can actually help you fight + reduce stress leading to a reduction in the breakdown in collagen, therefore meaning fewer wrinkles. Along with decreasing stress, chocolate can also protect your skin from UV damage. Flavanols contained in chocolate protects your skin from sun damage + improves the levels of hydration ++ blood flow in your skin.
Here’s a simple face mask recipe that you could whip up to nourish your skin + kill acne-causing bacteria:
- 2 bars of Dark Chocolate [preferable ones with at least 70% cacao — we love Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Bar, 72%!]
- ⅔ cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 3 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Honey
1] Melt the chocolate bars in a bowl
2] Combine milk, sea salt, brown sugar, honey
3] Mix well + Allow to cool
4] Apply to face + neck
5] Leave it on for 15-20 minutes + relax ; )
6] Rinse off + feel nourished ++ moisturized!
*Store leftover face mask in the refrigerator to use twice a week!
There are so many different ways to utilize the flavor of leftover chocolate and its many benefits. Now you don’t have to feel so guilty about all that Valentine’s Day chocolate you have piled up ; )!