With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to show your loved ones you care. But at Luxemi, we’re not satisfied with typical gifts like chocolates and a bouquet of roses. Nor do we want to spend Valentine’s Day having an overpriced prix fixe dinner at a restaurant surrounded by other couples. So we’ve come up with some alternatives for you this V-Day.
These five alternative Valentine’s Day ideas from Luxemi are sure to spice things up for you and your loves this year.
Make Your Own Card
Remember how fun it was to make DIY Valentine’s Day cards as a child? This year, ditch Hallmark in favor of a super-personalized, handmade card. It’s a simple, heartfelt gift that’s easy to create and guaranteed to make your loved one smile. So go ahead: Grab some card stock, scissors, ribbon, glue and markers, and let your creativity shine!
Remember Your Friends
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers; it’s the perfect day to show your single girlfriends some love by throwing a killer party. So why not combine the two by holding a get-together with all of your single friends? Amy Poehler’s character on Parks and Recreation has the right idea: Her hilarious Galentine’s Day tradition combines Valentine’s Day festivity with quality gal-pal time. When you throw your own “Galentine’s Day” party, you’ll not only get to spend time with the people who make you happy; you’ll also be showing your friends some much-deserved gratitude.
Give The Gift Of Blood
There’s no better, more immediate way to show you care this Valentine’s Day than donating blood. Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, and in India, blood shortages are so severe that hospitals often have to postpone lifesaving surgeries until supplies increase. Doing your part is easy. Visit The Red Cross website for a list of donation sites in your neck of the woods.
Treat Yourself To Spicy Sweets
Yes, we all love Godiva, but this year, let’s spice things up a bit, shall we? Luxemi’s Spicy Chocolate Truffles will certainly do the trick. The subtle spices in these decadent treats will transport your taste buds to India and leave you wondering why you’ve never made your own truffles before.
2/3 cup heavy cream
12 ounces best-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped or grated
Zest from one orange
One cinnamon stick
1/3 cup best-quality cocoa powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Place the orange rind, cinnamon stick and cream in a medium-sized saucepan, simmering just until the cream starts to boil. Remove from heat.
3. Strain the zest and cinnamon from the cream. Pour the cream over the chocolate.
4. Let the hot cream and chocolate stand for a minute, then whisk the mixture steadily — you want to do so just vigorously enough that the mixture is well-combined and without air bubbles. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. This is your ganache.
5. Cover the ganache with plastic wrap. Allow the ganache to set at room temperature for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. The ganache should not be refrigerated.
6. When your ganache is firm enough to shape, scoop teaspoonfuls of ganache and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place the truffles in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
7. Combine the cocoa powder and the cayenne in a bowl. Once the truffles are firm, roll them in the cocoa-cayenne mixture. Place the truffles on a baking sheet.
8. The truffles can be stored in a single layer in an airtight container for up to a week. They are best served at room temperature, but be careful not to let them get warm enough to start melting.