Chocolate treats are essential for any kind of treat day, and these Chocolate Berry Cups are not only delicious but also very quick & easy to make.
How Valentine's Day Came About.
Valentine's Day is a designated day to celebrate love and romance. Many people believe that Valentine's day is a made-up, "Hallmark holiday". However, this celebration goes back to ancient Rome, and there were several real St Valentines and many different (and fascinating) theories about how each of them may have been "the" St Valentine. You can read all about them here: History of Valentine's Day
Why Do We Associate Chocolate with Valentine's Day?
There are a few reasons why chocolate and Valentine's day go hand in hand. First, chocolate has long been considered an aphrodisiac. Secondly, because chocolate is rich and decadent, it feels like an indulgence and, the gift of chocolate makes the receiver feel indulged and treated. Third, chocolate is almost universally loved by everyone, so it's hard to go wrong when gifting chocolate. Finally, eating chocolate activates places in the brain that give a natural high and feeling of happiness. What's not to love about expressing love with chocolate?
Why Homemade Chocolate Berry Cups?
You can certainly buy some very fine chocolate, much of which is specifically marketed for Valentine's Day. But a homemade chocolate treat elevates your gift because homemade means that you put some effort and heart into it. Homemade gifts, especially edible ones are always appreciated. However, when I say that you put some effort into these treats, I may be stretching it a little. Because these chocolates are incredibly easy to make.
What Kind Of Chocolate To Use for Chocolate Berry Cups
You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate to make these treats. I used a combination of milk and dark chocolate in this recipe, just because it's what I had on hand. Dark chocolate alone would make this a healthier choice, and, along with the berries, an antioxidant-rich one. It's a personal preference, but if you are making them for kids, they usually prefer milk chocolate.
What You Need To Make These Chocolate Berry Cups
To make these chocolates you will need a mini muffin pan, some mini muffin or cupcake liners, and either a microwave or a double boiler for melting the chocolate. In addition, you will need about 5 minutes of time, and some fridge space. Pretty simple.
What Berries Work Best For Chocolate Berry Cups
I am using raspberries and blackberries to top these, and the combo with chocolate is delicious, and I guarantee they will be a hit. However, feel free to use any combo of berries. Strawberries and blueberries would be just as delicious. You can even choose to top them with something other than berries. I like them with clementine sections at Christmas. I do like to include a red berry, like raspberries for Valentine's Day, and I love the combo of chocolate and raspberries.
How To Store Your Homemade Chocolates
If chocolate is stored at a temperature of 66-68 degrees, it will keep for a long time. But in this case, the berries will only keep for 2-3 days, so you will need to use them before then. (Believe me, it won't be a problem). Be sure the chocolates are in an airtight container to protect them from the humidity of the fridge. These berry cups are perfect for sharing, so that can eliminate the need for storage. Bring them to work, school or a gathering and watch them disappear.
More Homemade Chocolate Treats
If you love giving homemade treats, you may also want to try these:
Chocolate Berry Cups
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- ¼ cup pecans finely chopped
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- Put chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it by heating it in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Stir pecans into the melted chocolate
- Line a 12 cup mini muffin pan with aluminum liners
- Fill each cup with the melted chocolate
- Top each chocolate-filled cup with berries, pressing them into the chocolate so they are partly submerged
- With a spoon, drizzle any remaining chocolate over the berries
- Refrigerate 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm
- Store the chocolates in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days