White, milk, or dark chocolate? I know dark chocolate is the healthiest, but I just can’t get down with it. Sometimes if I eat dark chocolate with peanut butter or almonds it becomes almost enjoyable. But plain dark chocolate, no thank you! Whether you use dark chocolate or white, it doesn’t really matter because these candy hearts are mostly about looks, not health.
I feel pretty strongly that brownies should not be frosted. Brownies tastes pretty darn good on their own and topping them with more sugar just seems excessive; since they are already moist and chewy. I didn’t even want to eat them after I put frosting on them. The problem is that they don’t really look good in pictures without frosting. This creates a serious nutritionist versus food blogger dilemma for me. Although I don’t like frosted brownies the answer is to always do what makes your picture look good. If that means frosting, I will frost. But you my friend, you don’t have to. No pressure.
I used Nutella in this frosting but I want to be clear that I’m in no way promoting Nutella as a healthy food. The first ingredients in Nutella are sugar and palm oil. I don’t even know how they can call it hazelnut spread since hazelnuts are not at the top of the ingredient list. Do you remember that commercial with the Mom serving her kids Nutella on whole grain toast for a “nutritious breakfast.” Oh that commercial was so infuriating!! Anyway, my point is that its fine to eat Nutella if you enjoy it, but don’t eat it just because the advertisers tell you it’s a healthy food. Nutritionally, Nutella is not comparable to the other nut butters like peanut butter or almond butter.
Do you have any fun non-food Valentine’s Day traditions? When we were little my mom always took us to decorate my Dad’s car at work. We would load it up with pink balloons, hearts, ugly paper doilies. It was a great time. Every year my Dad would act so surprised, even though I’m pretty sure that was just an act because he had to have known it was coming. Anyway, I hope you have a great Valentine’s full of love, pink hearts, and chocolate Nutella brownies!
I stole the recipe for the candy hearts from a Huff Post article which I can’t find anymore. So I will direct you to this article for step by step directions since I’m too lazy to write them all out.
- 1 bag white or dark chocolate
- pink food coloring (optional)
- wax paper
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup of butter
- ½ cup nutella
- 1-2 tbsp of milk as needed to thin
- Boxed brownie mix
- Melt chocolate in the microwave or stove under low heat, stirring constantly. Add 2-3 drops food dye and stir if you want pink hearts.
- Once completely melted and slightly cooled poor into a piping bag with tip or plastic bag.
- Cut the tip of the plastic bag and pipe onto waxed paper into the shape of the heart. It's okay if it's not perfect, once cooled you can break off pieces to make them look better. See link for more detailed instructions.
- Cool in the fridge for at least one hour or until solid.
- In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in Nutella and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
- Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar
- Make the brownies according to package directions.