Heart-shaped red-colored and chocolate-coated treats are so over-rated during V-Day. You don't need to spend huge dollars on a lush dinner at a restaurant to impress him/her. Why not make something as easy as this dessert instead? I am not an expert but I know that effort counts a lot in a relationship. If he/she saw that you actually went thru' the hassle to prepare this, or even a meal, you might create a great impression. If you know what I mean.
Anyway, as I had mentioned earlier, this is a very easy and simple recipe. The only way to fuck this up is not allowing the wine and chocolate milk to cool down to room temperature before mixing together. You can prepare this way in advance. It will last probably about a month in the freezer. When you are about to serve, just scrape the icy bits into a chilled serving glass.
Chocolate and wine may seem to be an odd combination, but as soon as it touches your mouth, you will be blown away by layers of complex flavor profile. Be sure to use a sweet dessert red wine. Vin Santo is a great choice; Lambrusco or even Maury is really amazing too. You can play around with different brands. You know the drill; always taste and adjust. And so, I leave you with this recipe. Happy V-Day! Cheers!
Sweet Dessert Red Wine, 750ml
Whole Milk, 188g
Milk Chocolate Minimum 35% Preferably Callebaut or Valrhona, 75g
In a sauce pot over medium heat, add wine.
Bring it up to a simmer.
Use a blowtorch to burn off the alcohol.
Continue simmering until the wine is reduced by half.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool down completely.
In another sauce pot over medium heat, add milk.
Bring the milk up to a boil.
Pour the milk into a bowl of chocolate.
Stir to combine well.
The chocolate milk mixture should be grainy. This is what you are after.
Set aside to cool down completely.
Transfer the wine into the chocolate milk mixture.
Add a pinch of sea salt.
Stir to combine well.
Transfer the mixture, thru' a fine sieve, into a freezer-friendly container.
Discard any residue.
Freeze the mixture overnight.
Using a fork, scrape the surface of the mixture into icy bits.
If the mixture starts to melt, return back to the freezer for 20 mins.
Take it out and scrape again.
Repeat the process until you are left with a mountain of icy bits.
Transfer into a chilled serving glass.
Serve immediately with garnishes of your choice. I am using blueberries and an orange peel.