Share The Love
Love Potion Truffles
For the Chocolate:
1 cup raw cacao powder
½ cup organic coconut oil
½ cup cocoa butter
4 tbls local honey
For the Filling:
Rose Hip Jelly
2 oz dried processed ( seeds removed ) rose hips
1 tbs. clementine/tangerine zest
1 cup water
3 tbl raw honey
12 drops of rose water concentrate
( Now! brand is available at New Seasons)
Love Potion Tincture Blend
Damiana: 3 pts
Rose: 2 pts
Passionflower: 2 pts
Eleuthero: 2 pt
Poppy: 1 pt
Ginger: 1 pt
Cardamon: 1 pt
For the Coating:
1/2 cup raw sugar
3 tbs. red rose buds
3 tbs. lavender flowers
Rose hips are super high in Antioxidants and Vitamin C and as a jelly they add a chewy, sweet brightness to these aromatic chocolates. Damiana has been prized as an aphrodisiac for centuries and happens to have a rich lovely flavor reminiscent of a fennel liqueur. This combined with the perfume of rose water is an intoxicating blending to begin with, then we add in the stamina inducing, stress relieving qualities of Eleuthero as well as the euphoric, pain relieving qualities of Poppy and round it off with the spice of cardamom and ginger to warm you from your center and we have a combination that will make you melt like the chocolate in you mouth.
* This formulation is optional, if you have a blend you love, use it! If you wanted to experiment with creating your own blend or to have this one created locally, there are several apothecaries in town that will happily make you a custom Love Potion! My favorites depending on your location are Vital Ways and Wildish Botanicals. You can also get the dried flowers and other lovely herbal products there.
Instructions: Add the water and dried rose hips to a saucepan, warm on medium heat stirring occasionally until simmering. The rose hips have their own pectin so they will thicken the mixture on their own as they reconstitute. Once this starts to happen stir continuously for a few minutes until the mixture begins to get pasty, then add the orange zest. If it is too thick, add more water slowly.
Stir in the honey and rose water at the end so as not to evaporate the fragrance, nor overcook the honey. We want this mixture firm but pliable. It will continue to set as it cools.
Place coconut oil and coco butter in a mixing bowl over a water bath. Bring water to a boil then reduce to medium low. Stir occasionally until melted completely then slowly whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth then stir in the honey. Meanwhile coat the inside of your candy mold with more oil. Here is an example of a Candy Mold I like. They come in many different shapes.
Once the chocolate is completely smooth and combined, slowly pour it into your molds filling only halfway, then add a small scoop of the rose hip jelly to the center using a teaspoon and the handle of a spoon to pull it out in a ball. Then add 15 drops ( around half a dropperful ) of the tincture blend in the center. Continue to fill the rest of the way with melted chocolate.
Note: If the chocolate sits for more than a couple minutes during this process, it may begin to set. You can rest the bowl back over the warm water while you add the filling to keep it a good consistency. Once the molds are topped off, place them level on a shelf in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
While waiting, prepared the topping. Place the raw sugar in a blender with the lavender and rose flowers, blend until it creates a rough pink powder. Place the mixture in a bowl and roll the finished chocolates in it until completely coated. You can make several different versions of powders to add color and texture if desired. Have fun! Be creative and don't forget the most important ingredient: LOVE <3
Note: Coconut oil melts at room temperature so if not serving right away, store them in the fridge. If stacking in layers place parchment between them to avoid sticking. They also freeze well if longer storage is desired, but I recommend enjoying them as soon as possible to preserve the flavor and magic of our lovely flower friends.
Be sure to share these delectable treats with loved ones!
Heart Opening Massage Oil
The rich, sensuous aroma of this massage oil will be a perfect addition to any romantic occasion. Rose and Ylang Ylang are uplifting and help carry you to a euphoric state with their intoxicating perfume. Mixed with the cheerful brightness of sweet orange, Clary Sage relaxes the mind, resolves anxiety and stimulates the libido. Cinnamon is perfect to add a little warmth to the touch. Then this blend is softly ground and Sandalwood to bring you into your body, melt away pain and exhaustion and warm you to receiving.
3 Ounces of Almond Oil.
1 Ounce Jojoba Oil.
7 Drops of Rose Essential Oil.
5 Drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
5 Drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil.
5 Drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil.
3 Drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
3 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil.
3 Drops Vanilla Essential Oil
2 Drops Vetiver Essential Oil
Instructions: Drop essential oils to an empty 4 oz bottle. Pour in the carrier oils to the top ( you can use any light, unscented oil, but these are my preference). Replace the cap and combine by tipping and turning the bottle around in your hand. Once mixed, dispense a dime size of the mixture into your palm, rub your hands together to distribute and warm it up, then apply to a loved one starting with the back of the neck and shoulders and chest to envelope them in the scent <3
Be sure to receive in return and leave your stress at the door!
Happy Valentines Day.
Recipe by: Stephanie Dougherty