Remember Amber from one of most favorite sites, Giver’s Log?! She just opened a new online store selling hot chocolate on a stick…Genius! I have been so excited for Ticket Kitchen to open! You need to click over to see all the eye candy! What an adorable and classy site! Shelley and I were lucky enough to be in on the test group, sampling different flavors and offering feedback…if only I could do that full time! Let me be the first to tell you, this stuff is not an average cup of hot chocolate … WOW! SO YUMMY!
This would be the most creative Valentine present ever!
Your kids’ teachers will LOVE you!, and your parents, in-laws, grandparents, friends, hubby, kids, etc…
Okay enough, Amber tell us about your Romantic Picnic for Two…
Hello HowDoesShe readers! I’m AmberLee from Giverslog, and I’m so excited to be here doing a little show and tell today.
I am a lifetime chocolate fanatic and, as of two weeks ago, owner of an online hot chocolate shop called The Ticket Kitchen . So of course, I am here to share a favorite Valentines date idea that involves (you guessed it!) chocolate.
I hope you don’t mind if I start with a confession. Here it goes.
Valentine’s day always, I mean AL-WAYS sneaks up on me. I’m great at planning anniversaries and birthdays, but somehow, not Valentines.
For anyone out there like me (please, let there be at least one) I thought I’d share a super simple, super affordable last-minute Valentines date that has become a favorite of ours. It is a romantic winter picnic for two.
If you have never picnicked in the winter, and you think I’m crazy, just wait. This turns out so fun and romantic every time. I dare you to try to go on a winter picnic and not cuddle. It’s not actually possible. Do I have you on board then? Good. Here is the easy picnic how-to.
Simple Valentines Picnic How-To
Start with gourmet sausages. Boil your favorite gourmet sausages before you go, and put them in a thermos, boiling water and all. Pick up a crusty loaf of bread and some gourmet mustard and you have a picnic to please almost any man (if your man is vegetarian, can I recommend this soup? It is a favorite.)
Pick a side. Potato salad goes great with gourmet dogs, but I usually just grab a couple juicy oranges.
Finish with gourmet hot chocolate. Pour steaming milk into a second thermous, and take along Hot Chocolate on a Stick. Stir your Hot Chocolate on a Stick into the milk and watch as it transforms into a decadent cup of gourmet hot chocolate. And yes, it’s okay to lick the stick.
The setting can be simple. If you really want to go big, hit the slopes or some hot springs. But we’ve found we like people watching in a crowded spot, or dining in the cab of a truck just as much.
Don’t forget the details. A cozy blanket, a few candles, and a good playlist are absolute essentials. What good is Valentines Day without sappy love songs? The sappier, the better.
Try our French Dark Hot Chocolate on a Stick (we make the same gourmet hot chocolate you would get sitting streetside at a world class Parisian cafe), or get brave and try our 3-Chili Hot Chocolate on a Stick. (If you’ve never tried hot chocolate with chili peppers, you are in a for a good surprise.)
And don’t forget to stop by The Ticket Kitchen website. We’re offering free printables (!!) so you can add each guest’s name to a stick of hot chocolate. And while you’re there, suggest a hot chocolate flavor for us to make for next Valentine’s day.
All photographs by Stephanie Faye, styled by AmberLee Fawson.