Thursday, 14 February 2013

Show Me The Love

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays where I try not to go over the top. To me it's just like going big on New Year's Eve -- you're going to get dressed up, spend a lot of money, and wait around for awhile because everyone is doing the same thing.

So instead of getting dressed up tonight and heading to a frou frou restaurant filled with roses and a $50 prix fixe menu that doesn't even have anything I like on it, we're going to the movies. I'm going to pack a few homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Hedgehogs to enjoy with the movie popcorn and we'll cuddle up to enjoy the show. To me that's the perfect Valentine's Day. 

And the best part of not going over the top with romance is that we'll save money. That's something we all can love and General Mills knows it!

Starting February 3rd, everyone will have the opportunity to get a "free movie offer" from Cineplex theatres on specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals. 

Then, from March 3 - May 30, you'll also have a chance to find a "buy one, get one free" general admission from Cineplex theatres on the same boxes of cereals. 

You'll also be able to find "buy one, get one free" child admission from Cineplex theatres if you purchase two specially marked treats like Betty Crocker Dunkaroos, "buy one, get one free" general admission from Cineplex theatres on snacks like Nature Valley bars, and free movie snacks from Cineplex theatres on specially marked Old El Paso products. These are all available to be found from February 3 - May 30. 

Want my recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Hazelnut Hedgehogs? Read on for it!

Chocolate Hazelnut Hedgehogs - makes 12

1 recipe of homemade nutella (you won't need all of it for this recipe) or about 1/4 cup of purchased nutella
1 tablespoon of heavy cream**
1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening
1 hedgehog chocolate mold, available from cake decorating stores

** If you're using purchased nutella, you may not need the heavy cream. If you're using my recipe, you will need the heavy cream because homemade nutella hardens in the fridge and the extra cream allows the hazelnut filling to stay soft.

1. Combine chocolate chips and shorting in a medium bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until chocolate is melted.

2. Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to spoon a little chocolate into each mold and spread it to cover a thin layer on the entire mold. A thin layer is important so you can easily bite into the chocolate. Place the mold in your freezer for about 5 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.

3. Combine 1/4 cup of homemade nutella with heavy cream and stir to combine.

4. Pull the mold from your freezer and fill each section with nutella. Top each section with a little more melted chocolate and smooth the top with a spatula or butter knife. Place back into the freezer for 10 minutes to allow the whole chocolate to freeze.

5. When chocolates are frozen, pop out from mold and enjoy!

I suggest keeping your chocolates in an egg carton at the back of your fridge until you're ready to give your gift. No one looked there when I was hiding mine!

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