Free Stuff: Win a Membership to Spork Online! And A Recipe for Sex(y) Truffles


Ohhh, crap! Valentines day is coming up. You know… dooms-day for singles and cynics alike.  I will be writing more on Hallmark’s holiday early next week (I know you can’t wait), but until then, here is a contest for you!

The winner will receive an awesome 6 month membership to Spork Online.

Sporkwhat? Spork Foods is an LA based gourmet vegan food company owned and operated by super sweet sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg. They offer live cooking classes in LA at Spork Foods, online vegan cooking classes at www.sporkonline.com, one-on-one in-home healthy pantry makeovers, and recipe development/trainings for chefs, food companies and colleges. Their cookbook, Spork-Fed, is currently in stores, with a foreword by fellow fans and sisters, Emily and Zooey Deschanel—the latter of whom I have a ginormous girly crush on although I find the spelling of her name to be inferior. When she plays the ukulele, I get all swoony. And when she makes that joke in 500 Days of Summer about being called “anal girl” in high school, I forgive Joseph Gordon-Levitt for ruining my favorite Hall N Oates song with his upsetting musical number.

I'll show you a spork...

So, Spork Online is an awesome vegan culinary portal where you can view exclusive cooking demos, snag recipes, and ask the sisters themselves questions. The sister-pair teach a different themed cooking class each month, with archived classes for you to watch whenever you want. Win the contest and join for 6 months, free. I love free.

So how do you win?
Here are the steps, they are super easy, just like 10 of the 13 girls I lived with in college.  Joking! (ish).  You have until V-day to enter! Submit your responses by midnight, February 14 . The winner will be announced on the 15th.

1. First, subscribe to SexyTofu if you haven’t already
2.  Like this post. I NEED positive affirmations on the reg, people.
3. Launch me your best pro or anti v-day rant in the comments section. I don’t care if you love it and want to roll around in mounds of cheap, synthetic stuffed animals all day, or if you hate it and plan on calling out sick to eat massive amounts of candy all alone and burn pictures of your ex. Think it’s great? Let me know. Think it’s as brilliant as spreading Sriracha on your genitals? Let me know. (But don’t do that, please.)

And, because the ladies at Spork Foods are so fantastic, they have provided SexyTofu with an exclusive vegan mint chocolate truffle recipe, just in time for V-day. And by exclusive I mean, everyone who bought their cookbook, Spork-Fed, can also see the recipe.

Jenny and Heather are huge V-day fans, not only because love is lovely but because it gives them an excuse to cook with aphrodisiacs. Dark, good quality chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and flavanoids, which amp up blood flow. And I know you know what I mean when I say “blood flow.”

Chocolate Mint Truffles (gf optional)
This is the best dessert to make in advance if you are in the mood for some serious chocolate! The cooling touch of mint balances out the richness of the dark chocolate, making these pretty darn delish. If you have any kids in the house, have them pitch in when rolling these precious treats, because your hands get chocolatey and it’s a good time for all. Instead of rolling these in cocoa powder, you can try using toasted finely shredded coconut, chopped almonds or organic powdered sugar! Advance preparation required. Yields 13-15 truffles

 Ingredients

11⁄2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup regular coconut milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 leaves fresh mint, finely chopped
Dash sea salt
2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder, plus 1⁄4 cup for rolling

Directions

Fill a small (2-quart) pot with about 2 inches of water, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a glass or metal bowl on top of pot to create a double boiler.

Add chocolate chips and melt, about 3-4 minutes. Add coconut milk, peppermint extract, mint, sea salt and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and incorporate until uniform.

 Transfer mixture to a bowl and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. Remove from refrigerator and leave bowl on counter for 5-10 minutes to soften mixture before rolling truffles.

To roll truffles: Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl or plate. Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop a gumball-size dollop of the chocolate mixture. Roll into balls between palms and immediately coat in cocoa powder, or other toppings of choice.

 Note 1: Try using mint varieties like chocolate mint, peppermint or spearmint for a different flavor in these truffles, and choose organic when possible, because conventionally grown mint is sprayed with a bunch of pesticides!

Note 2: Double check your chocolate chip ingredients if you are gluten-free, to be sure barley is not in the list.

 The Sporkie Scoop

FOR YOUR SMARTS: With these truffles, you are getting a double dose of antioxidants. We’re using cocoa powder inside and outside the truffles. Cocoa powder is about 8% antioxidants by weight — so that’s more than a glass of wine or cup of tea!

FOR YOUR PARTS Mint doesn’t just taste refreshing, it’s actually working to soothe your stomach and digestion. It’s considered a powerful digestive aid and anti-spasmotic because of its antioxidant-rich oils.

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8 Responses to Free Stuff: Win a Membership to Spork Online! And A Recipe for Sex(y) Truffles

  1. Aah, valentines day. The only time of year when I have the insatiable urge to punch an infant. The thing about the holiday I hate most is the subconscious nagging feeling of unrest you get, regardless of your relationship status. We’ve been trained to expect miracles, boys professing their love at your doorstep with chocolates and promises of mind blowing sex, being bombarded with roses at work ( jealousy from coworkers a must). And even if somehow that does happen for you, you are secretly disappointed because you expect more. That is my beef with Valentines day, at least from personal experience. Regardless of how happy I am I my life, valentines day is a downer. Being happy with what you have is a downhill battle when you’ve been trained to expect boys stopping you from getting on that flight a ‘la every romance comedy. Ever. And it isn’t our faults, it’s Hershies and Kay Jewelers and Ashton Kutcher’s.
    Not saying ban the holiday, but love should be shown year round and happiness shouldn’t hinge on one commercialized night and a pri fix three course dinner. Enjoy stuffing your face with Godiva chocolate, but don’t don’t take tips from Hollywood on how your life should play out.

  2. skottalfred says:

    valentine’s day is a fucking disaster.

    too much – WAY too much – pressure to do something special and amazing when you’re in a relationship (EVERY FUCKING DAY is special when you’re w/ someone you love, it’s just YOUR job to realize that and appreciate it) and even more crappy pressure when you’re not!

    it’s a suicide hotline call waiting to happen or worse, just an excuse for a couple to argue or get petty about something unimportant.

    if you’re in love, show it. every day, not just some fucked up day in february that Hallmark created or whatever.
    if you’re single, celebrate the person you are and keep working toward being the person you want to be!

    fuck valentine’s day.

  3. Beth says:

    aw, do I have to have Facebook to enter? cuz I don’t 😦

    • sexytofu says:

      No SexyTofu is not on Facebook. You can “like” the post at the bottom, right on here. Not Facebook lingo. Now gimme a rant 🙂

      • Beth says:

        SWEET! Here goes…

        I really don’t give a shit what other people do on V-Day. I mean, yea, I think it’s a little too consumer-driven, and it sucks that the average male spends over $100 that day (cuz he probably feels pressure to do it in the first place!), but if others wanna eat it all up that’s none of my business.

        I’ve personally never liked the day, but that’s probably cuz of my history with it…. starting with being DUMPED!

        ON VALENTINES DAY.

        Yup! I was like 13, thought I was seeeeriously in love with my bf, and gave him a call that day cuz I was feeling all lovey-dovey, and he was like “yeeea. We need to talk.” I didn’t get over that for like a year!

        Anyhow, now I just make fun of the whole thing. Send out texts to friends like “Happy Right-Hand Appreciation Day!”

        The husband and I don’t do any major celebration. I usually just make heart-shaped pancakes (vegan <3) and that's it. If we're lucky there's a bottle of wine and a Netflix dvd in it later, which is exactly like the other 364 days of the year, haha!

  4. Beans says:

    I can see why people dislike Valentine’s Day… but I don’t! There may be pressure to do something special, but fuck doing what society expects of us. Yes, it is a Hallmark holiday, but you don’t have to buy into that; make your own card, or don’t, whatever. You don’t need to buy anything or profess your love in a way that makes you uncomfortable… do what you want.
    My man and I are romantics… so we send little love letters and cute texts on the regular. We’re not the types to make a big deal of a day like Valentine’s Day, but we’ll still seize the opportunity to get together.
    I see Valentine’s Day as an excuse to see my man (he lives two hours away), eat some awesomely sensual vegan food, and have mind-blowing sex; who could hate that?!?!
    When I was single, I still liked Valentine’s Day. I’d get together with some friends for some cocktails, food, and quality time together. It was also my childhood dog, Bailey’s birthday, so I’d make sure to give him lots of extra special attention too.

  5. Alex says:

    Being single for two years, I half wondered if my Valentine’s Day view was a grumbly “Hallmark Holiday” feeling to cover up my own insecurities that I did nto have a sweetie to share wine with on the pinky, lovey holiday. Well now that I have fallen for someone, I realize that I still dislike Valentine’s Day. Just this time, I do not have to second guess myself rather it is due to insecurities.
    The thing that I dislike about Valentine’s is that is a day that gets so hyped up in the stores that it fills everybody’s mind with a certain set of expectations. Expectations nearly always lead to disappointment. The funny thing about expectations is that when they are met, it is a short lived happiness and leaves you wanting more and more to be met. Almost expecting more, eh? One thing that I have worked oh so hard on is letting go of expectations and living in the moment. As I progress into at this art of being, I have learned that things magically fall into your hands. I do not spend so many hours counting what is to come. I am simply there, with the people I love in the moment. Big celebrations of love are happening everyday around us, from the person that let’s you cross the street, to the random flower on your doorstep.
    On Valentine’s Day, you are saddened if you do not receive a love letter or flower. But on any other day, your day is made if you randomly receive a symbol of love. Valentine’s Day is a great time to dedicate that love to a special someone, but how about making it another day? It may be nice to not be waiting in line of 500 other couples who are filled with the same expectations as you.

  6. Hannah says:

    First off, I would like to make it known that I have got to be one of the biggest believer in love. I am also embarrassingly emotional about love. I have cried to “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Up,” almost any marriage proposal with a moderate amount of effort, and many a beautiful love song. It is because of, not in absence of, my romantic heart that I despise Valentines Day. It drives me out of mind to look at Facebook on this god-forsaken day. Almost every girl is swooning because “I have the best boyfriend/ husband of all time.” Really? If you are freaking out about how “amazing” your significant other because did the absolute minimum and sent flowers to your work, then chances your relationship has gotten a little jaded. Perhaps the real reason he sent flowers to your work is because he didn’t want to come home to see you sulking that you were the only lady in the office who couldn’t show off her nosegay. Sure, I love surprises as much as the next girl. But how surprising is a scheduled day where it is practically required by a code? I am lucky enough to have a wonderful boyfriend who randomly sends me flowers or buys me my favorite chocolate. So this year I specifically requested that he skip this holiday. Call me sour, but the chocolate is a little sweeter when it isn’t forced.

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