With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s looking to be a particularly busy time for Britain’s bakers, with romantic consumers expected to spend over £800 million on the occasion.
As one of the most indulgent ingredients in the baker’s pantry, chocolate has long been a popular choice for happy couples and hopeful singles when choosing Valentines gifts. That’s why, to show our baking customers just how much they mean to us this Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to give away a free apron with every order of our new bake-stable milk chocolate chunks.
Of course, with so many businesses vying to cash in on the Valentine’s Day trade, bakers are having to come up with more innovative treat ideas than ever. To help you out, we’ve put together a few simple last-minute Valentine’s ideas of dishes to make with our quality chocolate ingredients.
Chocolate chunk brownie cake pops
Quickly transform the classic brownie recipe into a fun, on-trend Valentine’s treat by mounting heart shaped brownie bites onto lollipop sticks. Place a few together in a decorative container and these even serve as a great counter-top display piece.
Chocolate chunk cheesecake
Restaurants can add a touch of decadence by sprinkling a few chocolate chips into the tangy filling of a smooth cheesecake, creating a truly sumptuous Valentine’s Day dessert.
Dark chocolate shortbread hearts
Balance the intense flavour of dark chocolate with a light, buttery shortbread. Cut into a distinctive heart shape and boxed in elegant packaging, these make a generous, yet cost-effective take-away Valentines gift.
Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles
Hand-made chocolates are a great way for bakers to branch out and meet the Valentine’s day demand. Miniature chocolate chip cookie dough balls coated alternately in white and dark chocolate make beautifully luxurious presents, and require little expertise to perfect.
What tantalising treats will you be serving up for love-struck customers this Valentine’s day? Feel free to share your ideas with us on Twitter: @Bako_NW