Be our valentine?

 
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If you could see the love that goes into each and every scoop of our ice cream, you would understand why we are real softies when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We think the perfect way to round off a Romantic meal is with one of our smooth, delicious, mouth-watering flavoured ice creams but then we are biased. Actually though, they do say certain foods can put you in the mood for love which is why they are known as aphrodisiacs, after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Right up there among them is chocolate so it is no co-incidence that the shops are full of enticingly wrapped boxes of them around February 14th. The reason given for chocolate’s potential for creating positives vibes is that it contains several chemicals that boost the feel-good hormone, serotonin. It seems to have worked on the food award judges a few years back when they tasted our Chocolate Chuckle which is still a firm favourite.

 
 
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There is a Somerset connection to Valentine’s Day as it happens. One of the earliest references to it as a special day for lovers is found in a late 14th century work by Geoffrey Chaucer who was, for a time, deputy forester in the Royal Forest at North Petherton. As with many of our traditions surrounding occasions, it really took off in Victorian times – they loved a good card and a slushy verse did the Victorians! It was then that Richard Cadbury, son of the founder of the well-known brand, came up with the first Valentine's Day chocolate boxes with pictures of roses and cupids and some shaped as hearts. Chocolates feature as gifts in many countries across the world that now celebrate St Valentine’s such as South Korea and Japan where women give chocolates to men. In Finland it is marked as Friendship Day or Day of Friends which we rather like as we are all for sharing the love especially if you do so with ice cream.

 
 

For a real treat to share with whomever is special in your life, how about trying our award-winning Raspberry Rapport with a home-made chocolate brownie? That could melt anyone’s heart.


Ingredients

5 2/3 oz of butter

7 1/16 oz of plain chocolate

8 oz of caster sugar

3 eggs

2 oz of plain flour

2 oz of cocoa powder

3 1/2 oz of white chocolate buttons

3 1/2 oz of hazelnuts, chopped

icing sugar for dusting


Method

1) Preheat the oven to 338°F/Gas mark 3

2) Melt the butter and the plain chocolate, separately

5 2/3 oz of butter

7 1/16 oz of plain chocolate

3) Whisk together the sugar and eggs. Add the melted butter and plain chocolate and stir well to combine

8 oz of caster sugar

3 eggs

4) Add the sieved flour and cocoa, white chocolate buttons and chopped nuts and pour on to a greased and lined Swiss roll tin. Bake for 20–30 minutes

2 oz of plain flour

2 oz of cocoa powder

3 1/2 oz of white chocolate buttons

3 1/2 oz of hazelnuts

5) Once cooked, allow to cool slightly, then cut into small squares and dust with icing sugar

icing sugar for dusting

 
Amanda stansfield