To gift or not to gift? In a fast-paced world, it’s not a surprise if you feel stressed choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your date. Although any day is a perfect day for sharing love, it’s not always easy to find time for a lazy breakfast or even a romantic teatime for two.
And that’s exactly what makes Valentine's Day so special. It creates an opportunity to make a little more effort and bring joy into someone’s life. You don’t need to be in a relationship to gift these super delicious matcha chocolate treats — gift them to someone who makes your life special and joyful. With these super easy Valentine’s Day recipes for matcha ruby chocolate bark, you can have Valentine’s Day every week.
What is matcha chocolate?
Matcha chocolate is made with white chocolate and matcha green tea powder. Unlike milk or dark chocolate, it doesn’t contain cocoa. For making matcha chocolate, always use high quality white chocolate. It shouldn’t be overly sweet.
What is ruby chocolate?
Ruby chocolate is a new type of chocolate that was created from ruby cocoa beans only 5 years ago. It has a pink color and sweet and slightly acidic fruity flavor. It’s perfect for making desserts with berries and pairs amazingly well with matcha chocolate.
Chocolate Valentine’s day date ideas
Chocolate is always a delicious gift. When it’s handmade, there’s no doubt it will bring an even wider smile to your date’s face.
To make ruby matcha chocolate treats you will need:
- 11 oz of white chocolate (or around 300-310 grams)
- 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha powder
- 1 oz of ruby chocolate (or around 25-30 grams)
- 1 tablespoon of freeze-dried raspberry crumbles
- 1 tablespoon of almond croquant
Which matcha powder should you use?
The best matcha powder for cooking is an all-purpose matcha, but you can use everyday ceremonial grade matcha too. Your matcha powder should be fresh, with an intense scent. Don’t use matcha that has lost its freshness and flavor.
How much time it will take?
To make this matcha chocolate recipe, you will need around 10 minutes, and allow an hour to let it set. Have all the ingredients ready before melting.
How to make thin ruby matcha chocolate bark
Use chocolate for melting or chocolate callets. Both are easy to use and have the right consistency for making homemade chocolate treats.
Steps for making thin ruby matcha chocolate bark:
- If you are using a chocolate bar, break it into smaller pieces.
- Use clean and dry saucepan and add chocolate.
- Heat it over a low fire while stirring continuously.
- Once the chocolate has almost melted, turn the heat off and keep stirring until the last pieces melt.
- Have matcha powder ready. Sift 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha powder into melted chocolate. Stir until it dissolves.
- Place baking paper on an oven tray.
- Pour matcha chocolate into the baking paper and use a spoon to spread it out evenly.
- Now melt a handful of ruby callets and use a spoon to sprinkle it onto matcha chocolate.
- Sprinkle a few free-dried raspberry crumbles and almond croquant.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or around 4-5 hours at room temperature.
Tip: Always keep a close eye on the chocolate while it’s melting. Don’t overheat it. It will easily burn and lose its shine.
Other ingredients you can use
To make this recipe extra special, replace freeze dried raspberries and almond croquant with ingredients that your date loves the most.
You can also use:
Once the chocolate has set, break in into smaller pieces and serve or gift in a decorative box.