Fatally Yours Valentine’s Day Chocolates by Vegan Treats

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
You guys….YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYS, this year I finally broke down and bought myself a box of Fatally Yours Valentine’s Day chocolates from Vegan Treats. I’ve been wanting these for years and years. Every year I tell myself they’re too expensive. Then after a while I think, “Hey, you only live once!” But by then they’re sold out 🙁 But not this year. This year I didn’t even wait to see them advertised on facebook. I looked them up sometime in January and ordered them immediately without thinking twice.


I’ve been kind of obsessed with idea of doing unboxing videos for the blog, so here’s my first! I’ve already made a few others.
I did make a mistake in the video – the caramel oozed out of the big skull and onto the little heart, it’s not coming from the little heart. I’m sure you really care.

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
It is so lovely a thing, I don’t even regret the hefty price tag. The chocolates are handmade, gorgeous, and delicious! And vegan!!!! And made in limited quantities, so what can you expect? Well, you can expect high quality and fine details, and everything a girl could ever want in a super morbid box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.
The box itself is something I want to keep forever and forever, plus there’s a Vegan Treats postcard, a decal, and two buttons.

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
I’ve always been partial to skulls, maybe that’s why I like being an Orthodox girl so much 🙂 I don’t know what is wrong with me, but one year when a friend was really hating Valentine’s Day, I made him a card to commemorate the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre instead. It was an awful card, but it was also pretty cool…and Valentine’s Day has never been the same for me. And then I found this!!! Included are:

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
Two White Chocolate Mummies in a Chocolate Peanut Butter Sarcophagus, Two White Chocolate Humerus Bones

Fatally Yours Chocolate Skulls by Vegan Treats
One Hazelnut Praline Crunch in an Abysmally Dark Chocolate Skull (the little guy), One Caramel Cookie Stix Skull (the big guy) – that’s basically a vegan Twix bar in the shape of a skull!!!! And one Black Coffee Blues Caramel Cup Rose Heart

Fatally Yours Chocolate Hearts by Vegan Treats
Two Anatomically Correct Hearts filled with Marshmallow Chunk Speculoos Filling

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
Two Magic in the Stars Constellation Chocolate Mousse Soufflés, Two Passionless Fruit and Madagascar Vanilla Bean filled Swiss Chocolates with White Chocolate X

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
Two Paint Spatter Fluted Chocolates with “Black as Your Heart” Raspberry Filling, and One Moon & Stars Blood Red Velvet

Fatally Yours Chocolate Skeletal Hands by Vegan Treats
Two White Chocolate Skeletal Hands

Fatally Yours Chocolate Planchette by Vegan Treats
One Giant Chocolate Planchette – it’s not mentioned in the booklet, but when I unwrapped it I could smell peanut butter, and it does appear to be filled. Oh, what booklet, you ask?

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
This very pretty little booklet describing each of the chocolates. But the best way to find out how what the chocolates taste like…

Fatally Yours Chocolates by Vegan Treats
Is to take a bite!

I ate a few pieces this morning for breakfast, everything has been wonderful so far. I’m saving the Twix skull for last, I just know it will be amazing.

Have you tried the Fatally Yours collection? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

3 reasons it’s great to be single on Valentine’s Day

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1. You can eat all the chocolate yourself. And if you’re buying it for yourself, doesn’t matter if it’s a day or two late with a giant bright orange 80% off sticker on the front.

2. Since you’re not going to be kissing anyone, your Valentine’s Day dinner can be loaded with garlic. Enjoy.

3. You can watch chick flicks all night and bawl your eyes.

Okay, maybe these are just for single ladies. Guys, you’re on your own.

However you celebrate, wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

You may also like: Valentine’s Day for Singles

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Yes, this involves more cookies. You know, Valentine’s Day is a day for love (and sweets), and love (and sweets) is for everybody. So, single friends, let’s make our Valentine’s Day awesome! What follows is a slightly modified version of my sugar cookie recipe, along with a few pictures of how I make my favorite VDay cookies. I made a half recipe.

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In this bowl, we have:

Ener-G Egg Replacer, equivalent to one egg
1 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
3/4 C Smart Balance
3/4 C coconut milk beverage
1/2 tsp vanilla

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In this bowl we have:

1/4 tsp salt
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 1/2 C flour (I did 3 1/2 C white flour and 1 C oat flour)
cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to taste
Optional: A few pinches of nutritional yeast
Mix dry ingredients…

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Mix wet.

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Mix dry into wet a little at a time, until…

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dough forms. After a while it started getting hard to mix with the handmixer, so I took my ring off and did it by hand. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy, it’s fun!

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Now, tear off a chunk of dough and roll it out 1/4″ to 1/8″, depending on the cookie cutter you’re using. For HRM cutters, it’s somewhere in between there.

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In this case they can be thicker because I’m using a pattern I made myself, and I don’t have to press it in. I simply drew a human heart onto a thin piece of cardboard, cut out the shape, and I lay it on the cookie dough. (Yes, I know I’m not the best artist)

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Now take a little knife, I use a paring knife…

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and cut out the shape, staying as close to the pattern as possible.

Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, or until they are lightly browned around the edges. Don’t over-bake them, or they’ll get really hard!!

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Here they are with the other cookies I did, we’ll get to the others in a bit.

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I made an icing with 1/4 C confectioners sugar, red food coloring, a little raspberry extract (to taste), and water. Add water just a tiny bit at a time. You want the icing to be loose enough to spread easily, but thick enough that it won’t run all over the place.
I spread mine on the main part of the heart with a small butter knife, then use the tip of the handle of a food-grade paintbrush to do the drop of blood. Let the icing dry.

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Voila. Bleeding heart Valentine’s cookies! Eat them all yourself, or share them with some other lonely person. Haha. Half joking…! They also look great in hot pink, or with sprinkles.

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Now, if you’re using an HRM cutter, dip it in flour, then tap it on the side of a bowl to get the excess flour off.

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Then you can really press it hard into the dough and wiggle it around a little to make a clear impression, and you shouldn’t have any problems with the dough sticking. These were for Mr. Lincoln’s birthday yesterday 🙂

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Now, for the icing for my Abe bust cookies, I did 1/4 C confectioners sugar, 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder, a little vanilla, a little water.

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Mix it up. Yeah, it might not look too pretty, but it tastes good.

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Again, I apply with a butter knife.

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All done.

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I think he approves,

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although I still think some of them look more like JFK. Oh well.

How are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

something sweet for my sweet valentine (me)

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This morning I was asked how I planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. “I’ll be laying on the couch stuffing my face with chocolate and crying.” Well, I did cry a little while watching “She Wouldn’t Say Yes,” but the rest of the day was pretty nice. I will show you.

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I started off by having my GreenMax in this lovely heart-covered mug.

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After lunch, Z & Fr. R and I went to the Pump House for dessert.

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It was my first time…

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luckily they had a few vegan options : )

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And a whole giant buffet of toppings…

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including a bunch of fruit.

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I had a crush on the cool plastic spoons.

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The only thing is you pay by the pound, and I went nuts with the fruit. But it made me feel better about eating the sorbet.

Now I’ll need something to justify the cake I just finished baking. I only made it so I would have something cute and Valentines-y to post tonight…I did it for YOU.

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I decided to decorate with tinted coconut (unsweetened).

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You could also use a ziplock bag, but I put my coconut in a glass jar, added a few drops of food coloring, closed it up and shook and shook and shook and shook it up.

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Pretty simple.

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I used my basic cake recipe, but decided to experiment and replaced 1/2 C of all purpose with teff flour.

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I almost always use canned, full fat coconut milk in place of the water and oil.

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Since this is a half recipe, I just did two little 6″ round cakes.

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Assembling the cake. I’m really not very good at frosting, I always make a mess.

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I wonder if bakeries use a little tiny vacuum to suck up the extra coconut…

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I thought it looked pretty.

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I haven’t eaten it yet, I’ll let you know how it went using part teff.

If you missed my earlier post about the amazing Valentine I received from my BFF, You Can See It HERE. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Valentine’s Day!

P.S. If you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned anything about the start of Lent, it’s because Orthodox Easter is 5 weeks after Western Eastern this year. I hope all the discount candy doesn’t get stale before we have a chance to eat it….

best valentine EVER???!?

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I think I just got the best Valentine. In the world. Ever.

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It came in the mail yesterday, from my BFF.

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In a homemade envelope.

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Made from a grocery bag. It combines three of my favorite things….

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Abraham Lincoln, and

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Eastern Orthodox Ryan Gosling. I LOVE these memes.

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Hey Abe…

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Thing I Love #3: Handwritten letters

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Oh, and compliments are nice, too.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!