Most of us agree that it just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate…but for me, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Hearts. I discovered them even before I met my real Valentine (and no I don’t mean dark Swiss chocolate…I’m talking about my hubby ;) ).
Prior to finding an online Swiss chocolate reseller here in the U.S., the best chocolate I could get my hands on was Godiva, so I occasionally went there for a little sweet indulgence. A few years ago around Valentine’s Day I happened to be at a Godiva store and saw one of their seasonal treats: Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Hearts! I had never had them before and curiosity got the better of me; I ended up trying one and instantly falling in love. I’ve been making them every year for Valentine’s Day since then…and now I get to share them with my real Valentine, who also loves them.
(This is more of a method than an actual recipe…adjust amounts for how much you want to make.)
Marzipan (see here if you want to make homemade)
Couverture chocolate (I like dark, but you could use milk or a combination of both)
Shape marzipan into hearts (I did mine free-form, but you could look for a heart-shaped mold if you prefer), balls, or any shape you like. Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler (see here if you want to temper it). Dip marzipan into chocolate and leave it to harden.
Of course you could make hot chocolate.
Or make pretty little heart-shaped chocolates (just pipe little free-form hearts onto parchment paper)…
Or decorate a dessert plate with pretty Valentine’s designs (don’t be intimidated, I have the sloppiest handwriting ever and they still look decent…I’m sure your decorations will look much better than mine!)…