Valentine’s Day in Japan
Did you know that in Japan it is common tradition for women to give men chocolates on 14th February for Valentines? Honmei-choco is the kind given to a boyfriend, lover, or a husband, most often prepared by themselves to show true love.
If you want to impress your partner for Valentines, have a shot at making them, our chef Eddie has made an easy at-home recipe
150g butter, 75g Cocoa Powder, 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Freeze dried berries, Desiccated coconut, Crushed Honeycomb, Cocoa powder, Chopped nuts
Small cake cases, Gift Box
Melt the butter on a low heat until melted then add in the cocoa powder and mix in well. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and increase heat while stirring constantly for a few minutes until the consistency is smooth. Take off the heat, add in vanilla essence then pour into a bowl. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a 3-4 hours until mixture is hardened.
Now it’s time for the fun (messy) part. Scoop out a spoonful at a time and roll into 3cm balls (or you can be creative and make them into heart shapes). Roll and decorate with your chosen toppings then place them in the small cake cases. Once all the mixture is used up, place them in the fridge for another couple of hours then put them into a box for giving to your partner.