Made for Love: A Valentine's Day Special Treat

Do you want to make your Valentine's day extra special? Add some romance with this very simple chocolate body paint. Yes. You read right. Chocolate. Body. Paint. Not only is this paint a great romance enhancer, but you can also use it as skin care (think Friday night face masks with your girl friends). The great thing about this recipe, is that you can have it taste whatever you want! The entire process will take you approximately 20 minutes (including the wrapping).

BONUS: It's nut/peanut free! Use it on your nut/peanut-allergic mates! ;)

What you'll need:

For the Chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite alcohol (optional - but can make things spicier)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (if you have some fair trade cocoa, the more power to you - if you're in Canada, let me know where you got it)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
For the wrapping
  • a small mason jar
  • scrap paper of your choice
  • a love label (feel free to be creative, if your creative juices aren't flowing, feel free to email us and we can send you the psd or the jpg)
  • ribbon of your choice
  • glue
What you'll do:
  1. Combine the water, salt, and sugar into a compact saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Wait for the concoction to boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Don't stir because the sugar crystals will form and crack the sugar if you do; just wait for all the sugar granules to melt and observe what you're cooking carefully.
  3. Remove from the heat, add your butter, and then stir with a whisk until everything gets a nice and even consistency.
  4. At this point, add your choice of alcohol, vanilla, and cocoa powder together while whisking until they're all incorporated into the mixture.
  5. Pour your smoothened chocolate body paint into the mason jar. You could also use a mug - just make sure it's something that can sustain high heat since your chocolate will be very hot.
  6. Let it cool enough to the touch before using it. You certainly don't want to burn your canvas.
  7. If you're going to use it right away, place it on a heat pad. If not, you can microwave it for about 20-30 seconds in the microwave once you're ready to use it (make sure it's in the fridge in the meantime)
  8. Apply it using a paint brush and enjoy! ;)
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