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Homemade Keto Chocolate Bon-Bons with Chocolate Mousse – A perfect and Easy Valentine’s Day treat!

Ooooh love is in the air. ❤ Today, I wanted to give everyone an option that is quick, fun, and tasty for their SO. My sweetie isn’t a holiday kind of guy, so I usually make it special for the both of us by low-pressure, fancy chocolate and movies. Now I’m sharing it with all of you.

In my opinion, Lily’s has the best tasting low-sugar chocolate chips. Unfortunately, they can get pricey. But I see it as every once in a while kind of thing, so I usually splurge to buy them. Hershey’s also has a low-sugar version or you can also buy high cacao chocolate chips. Just be forewarned, that these come packed with 6-8 g of sugar per serving and if you are trying to stay on track, I recommend not doing it and opting for the pricier version. On to the recipe!

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Utensils:

  • Silicone mold for bon-bon (large or small works)
  • Large Glass or microwave-safe bowl
  • A deep saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl for the hand mixer
  • Large bowl for mixing
  • Pastry brush (or use a spoon in a pinch)

 

Ingredient list:

 

Chocolate mousse:

  • 4 oz full-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 7-10 drops liquid stevia (or liquid sweetener equivalent)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Chocolate:

  • 9 oz (or the 10 oz from the store if you can’t get the Lily’s)

 

Directions:

Place a saucepan with 1 inch of water on a rolling boil (around 6-7 on your stovetop dial). As soon as it starts to boil, place the chocolate in the microwave safe bowl and place that on top of the heat. Watch the chocolate until there are just a few chunks left and it is mostly smooth. Remove from heat.

Take out your silicone mold and pour roughly about 1-2 tbsp of the chocolate into each mold then start coating the mold with chocolate. You can either use a spoon, or a pastry brush to do this. Make sure the chocolate is evenly coated on all sides and then place it in the refrigerator.

In your mixing bowl, pour the 1/2 heavy cream and use the hand mixer at medium to medium-high speed until stiff peaks start forming, or you notice it has become firm.

In a separate bowl, mix the

  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa
  • and 7-10 drops of liquid stevia together.

After the mixture is smooth (no lumps) pour the ingredients into the heavy cream mixture and mix for another minute or two with the hand mixer.

Remove the chocolate from the refrigerator and scoop the mixture into the shells. Voila! a lovely chocolate coated mousse that you can decorate however you wish. If you want to be extra fancy, you can make a quick chocolate keto cake for the bottom (minus the crust), or you can pour the remaining chocolate on the bottom to create a sort of large bon-bon mousse.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

See this on YouTube as well:

 

 

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival/Sapporo Snow Festival

This awesome winter festival or , ‘小樽雪あかりの路, Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi’, is a romantic winter destination held every February in Otaru. This lighted path festival lasts 10 days so that it coincides with the Sapporo Snow Festival. This makes it easier for travelers in Hokkaido to visit both festivals on the same trip.

The wintry handmade beauties make you feel as if you are in a dream.

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The fallen snow of the town combined with the hand-made snow lights make it a highly sought after destination. With over 500,000 visitors annually, it’s no joke! The spectacular lighted path festival has been around since 1999.  To help contribute to the merriment, many locals display lanterns in front of their shops and homes, adding to the festival spirit.

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The creators’ idea for this festival is this: They want the people visiting to feel calm and easy, to focus on the leisurely nature of the area, the glow of the candlelight, and have time to reflect on themselves. The goal is to make you forget about life, and focus on yourself and the pleasant feelings you get rather than our more hectic day-to-day life. The hope, is that this festival will continue to be a spiritual event rather than a commercially oriented festival.

 

However, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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And with the two main areas located within a fifteen minute walk of the train station, travelers can easily take their time and enjoy the town’s atmosphere on foot.

The “Unga Kaijo,” area which is located along 300 meters of the town’s famous canal, is lined with restored warehouses and gas lamps. The canal is covered with small buoys that hold candles. Lining the path beside the water is a row of small snow statues that hold candles. The canal is barely a ten minute walk from Otaru Station along the main road leading from the station.

And if you didn’t love it enough, here’s more of the view.

 

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Between the canal and the train station is the Temiyasen Kaijo area, which stretches for about half a kilometer along the tracks of the abolished Temiyasen railway line.

Otaru is a one day trip from Sapporo, which is  located in Hokkaido. It is 30 minutes from Sapporo. If you are traveling from Tokyo, take the plane to Sapporo and then the train to Otaru. The total trip time takes around 3 – 5 hours.

Access:

Location: Otaru City, Hokkaido Prefecture
When: February 3-14, 2017
Time: The sites are lit daily from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Official Website:
http://yukiakarinomichi.org/