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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Don't Forget Your Valentine!

Sunday is Valentine's Day, so consider this fair warning--ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO GET A GIFT!

When in doubt, there's always chocolate! Two decades ago you probably didn't have much choice in chocolates--there was milk chocolate and dark chocolate (white chocolate doesn't count) and that's about it. Today, you can't keep track of all the fabulous chocolates that are available. Even your local supermarket now carries "gourmet" varieties of chocolate.

Have you ever thought about making your own gift of chocolate? Do a Google search on "make your own chocolate truffles" and you'll come up with dozens of easy recipes!

Or why restrict yourself to candy? There are chocolate cakes and cookies. Mason jars filled with hot chocolate mixes. You can even treat your Valentine to a Mexican dinner--homemade, of course--that includes chocolate. Again, search Google for "Mexican mole recipe."

To learn more about chocolate, you can visit the Exploratorium's "The Sweet Lure of Chocolate," borrow Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum [641.3374 ROS], or, if you're adventurous in the kitchen, there's Chocolate on the Brain: Foolproof Recipes for Unrepentant Chocoholics by Kevin Mills [641.6374 MIL].

Have a very happy Valentine's Day!

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