Whether or not you love Valentine’s Day with it’s meddling Cupid, one thing most of us can agree on is how much we all “Heart” chocolate! Sure the whole falling head over heels for someone , the rom-coms, the gifts and affections are all dreamy, but if you really want to show someone you care, wow them with chocolate.
Imagine what’ll happen when they discover you didn’t just go out and buy some run of the mill, tired, old box of chocolates from the grocer — not you! No, these are homemade Cappadona Melting Hearts made with love, thoughtfulness and care. The secret is it’s so easy to make, you can even have the kiddos join in to help.
But just who is this Valentine character and what’s with the chocolate hearts? What had initially started out as a Feast Day for Catholics back in 500 A.D for martyred saints name . . . wait for it . . . Valentine.. . soon morphed into something else entirely. There are many stories, but the best telling is the one about how Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry all because some Roman emperor's edict decreeing married soldiers as being lousy warriors and thus young men could not marry. This Saint Valentine was quite bougie and was know for wearing a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—that helped soldiers recognize him. And, in a precursor to greeting cards, he handed out paper hearts to remind Christians of their love for God.
Because of this legend, Saint Valentine became known as the patron saint of love and heart shaped everything. This also explained why the Saint Valentine prayer asks Saint Valentine to connect lovers together, so that two become one, and the couple remembers their devotion to God. Though never confirmed nor denied, it’s a lovely story with a lot of love in it except it’s missing the best part. CHOCOLATE! So, let’s fix that together my making our Cappadona Melting Hearts.
Makes 4 hearts
For fun: make different chocolates and layer them in the heart shaped molds. Our favorite chocolates were the white chocolates and semi sweet chocolate layers. Don't forget the sticks!! Its more fun to dunk the hearts with a stick instead of your fingers!