While I was pondering what to write for this Valentine’s Day post, a few different topics came to mind. I could write about the love/hate relationship that people have with this day, or I could write about the history of Valentine’s Day. You know, when St. Valentine was sentenced to death for performing marriages for young couples after marriage was banned by the Claudius, who thought that single men made better warriors than married men. Pretty brilliant Claudius, coming from a man with four failed marriages under his belt. Little did he know that couples around the world would celebrate a day of love, thanks to the man who defied him!
Then I thought about Cupid, or Eros, the Greek god of love who was chosen to basically be the mascot (for lack of a better word) during the Victorian age, as the chubby little boy shooting his golden arrow at young couples to make them fall in love. It makes me wonder what this mythical God would think if he knew that he was depicted as a chubby little baby, when in fact, he was said to be a man of great beauty! I’m sure that his vanity would have him just cringing at the thought!
Cupid also had his own issues with his beautiful mom, Aphrodite, being highly jealous of the beauty of his wife, Psyche. Not to mention the marital issues between Cupid and Psyche when she broke his ridiculous rule that she wasn’t allowed to look at his face, and lit an oil lamp in the middle of the night so that she could actually see what her husband looked like…. And what does he do? He throws a tantrum and leaves her. They eventually got back together, but only after Psyche went through a miserable time trying to get him back.
They did, however, live happily ever after, or so the story goes. And yet, both of these tragic and sad stories are tied to Valentine’s Day, a day that is supposed to be centered around love and happiness. So, why am I bringing them both up in a post that is supposed to make you happy? Well, because it goes to prove that while love is not perfect, and a lot of times can push you to your limits… it can withstand the test of time.
Love does conquer all.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate your love. To know that life isn’t easy, and there are a lot of trials and tribulations, but on this one day, we can look at each other and be grateful for the love that we have, and know that in the end, nothing else matters except for the love that we give, and that we are given. It’s such a simple thing, really, and it extends to everyone in our lives…our family and our friends. To know that you are loved is the greatest comfort of all.
While some people go all out, buying flowers and chocolates and diamonds… showing your loved ones that you are grateful can be as easy as picking up the phone and simply saying “I love you”. But if you want to be a part of that gift giving gang… these quick and inexpensive peanut butter and chocolate truffles are a perfect way to show how much you care!
Chocolate and peanut butter? Yet another match made in heaven! Your loved ones will truly appreciate the work that you put into these pretty little truffles, and will enjoy their beauty and deliciousness! A simple gesture that will go a very long way…
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!
You are loved.
With Much Love,
Prudy & The Deco & Bloom Team
- 1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp bourbon
- About 1 cup Valentine sprinkles (you can find them in the bulk section of your grocery store)
- Grease an 8”x8” pan.
- Pour the Valentine sprinkles into a small bowl.
- In a large saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate has melted.
- Continue to simmer over medium heat stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to thicken. It will become glossy, and begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from heat, and add the peanut butter and bourbon, stirring until the peanut butter is incorporated into the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Scoop one tablespoon of the chocolate peanut butter mixture, and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the bowl of sprinkles until the truffle is completely covered.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Makes about 2 dozen truffles.
- Refrigerate for up to two weeks in an airtight container.