Last week was Valentine’s Day and for those who don’t know, in Japan Valentine’s Day is an occasion for women to give chocolate to men. Yay, Valentine’s Day! There are two types of chocolate giving in Japan: Ai Choco and Giri Choco. Ai Choco is chocolate given out of love (愛 is the kanji for love), while Giri Choco is given out of a sense of duty (義理). I find Giri Choco to be the more delicious of the two (mischievous smile). In Japan, when Valentine’s Day approaches, the television will start showing more and more commercials for chocolate and many of them have people making home made chocolate goodies for their loved ones. Gai-Gun Jr. informed me several days before Valentine’s that she would be making a chocolate something for me but I don’t think she realized what that would involve. Determined to make a chocolate anything for daddy my daughter got her wish when my wife picked up a Meiji Chocolate House set.
Gai-Gun Jr. and I decided that we would put it together the Saturday following Valentine’s Day when we had more time. And we did.
Saturday evening we broke open the box and took out all the contents.
You are provided chocolate molded into the shape for the walls and chimney as well as a tube of chocolate which you need to melt and use as adhesive, and a mat to build it on. You are also given two regular Meiji Milk Chocolate bars to use as the roof.
Have I mentioned yet how much I love chocolate? Have I also mentioned how much my dentist loves my love of chocolate?
Heating the tube of liquid chocolate in a mug of hot water I applied it to edges of the walls and Gai-Gun Jr. pushed them together. This turned out to be trickier than it sounds. The chocolate in the tube had to be kept at just the right temperature in order to be used as adhesive. Too hot and it came out like water. Too cool and it didn’t come out of the tube at all. After more time than anticipated we completed the house.
Once finished we customized it by putting chocolate candies on the top.
Get your hand out of the way!
Fortunately for me, and even more fortunate for her, Gai-Gun Jr. doesn’t like chocolate which means I only need to fight off the wife when it comes time to eat it. Despite not wanting to eat it Gai-Gun Jr. was pretty proud and we took some pictures.
Just writing this post makes me crave chocolate and I want to get home and start nibbling.