Who said romance was dead? Not us! We just LOVE any excuse to offer ‘love tokens‘ (which having just googled it; original love tokens are not as romantic as they sound! Rubbish – we’re choosing to ignore this!)
Romance isn’t always about big romantic gestures, so we have come up with a great valentines idea for those on a budget….it’s the thought that counts we say! So this year how about making sweets for your sweet – wrapped up in a gorgeous vintage inspired box!
Taken from the Century Cook book by Mary Ronald, 1901, available FREE on kindle
- 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate
- a few drops of vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of butter
Roll fondant flavored with vanilla into small balls; let them stand a few hours to harden. Melt the unsweetened chocolate, add to it the milk, sugar, and butter. Stir until smooth; drop the balls into it and remove with a fork or candy wire. If the chocolate becomes too stiff, add a few drops of syrup and heat it again.
- 4 oz salted peanuts
- 4 oz caster sugar
Pour the sugar into a saucepan and pop onto a low heat. Shake the pan a bit as it starts to melt (do not stir). Wait until the sugar starts to stick together, eventually, it should start to turn a light caramel colour. Once it’s dark and caramelly, add the peanuts. Next pour onto a grease proofed lined baking tray. Once cold it will have set as hard as rock. Break into pieces.
Remember to be very, very careful…. handling molten sugar is not for the faint hearted!
For a final romantic gesture we’re even going to make the gift box…. click here to find out how!
We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x