Valentine’s Day in Japan & White Chocolate Sorbet
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Did you know that Valentine’s Day in Japan is the day for single women to tell one’s feeling to someone she is interested in with a gift of chocolate? It’s from women to men only! Men don’t give anything to women on Valentine’s Day in Japan. For couples, women are also supposed to give chocolates to their boyfriend/husband.
We also developed a strange tradition for V-Day. Because of the idea that women give chocolate to men on that day, at the workplace, women are expected to give all the male co-workers some chocolate called “Giri Choco,” which are usually small inexpensive chocolates. Giri refers to “out of courtesy” or “social obligation.”
How are you spending Valentine’s Day? If you’d like to celebrate by making something simple and sweet, please enjoy my recipe for White Chocolate Sorbet. Wishing you a sweet Valentine’s Day!
White Chocolate Sorbet
Makes about 1 ½ pints (675ml)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 8 ounces (225g) white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and add the white chocolate. Let stand for 30 seconds, then whisk until smooth.
2. Let the sorbet base cool to room temperature. Whisk again and turn into an ice cream machine. Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions; it will be softly frozen. Transfer to a covered container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm.
You can also use this sorbet as a topping for a chocolate tart (as shown above), variety of fruit, etc.
For the Chocolate Tart Recipe, please see page 245 in Morimoto: The Art of Japanese Cooking.