Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Scratch!

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Just in the nick of time, I ended up thinking of a few things to make for my get together on Saturday. I worked hard all afternoon and of course made a complete disaster of the place. Is it ever possible not to make a disaster just before hosting a party? Don’t think so. Not to mention the mirror backsplash in this kitchen seems to double the mess. I need a kitchen sign that reads: Objects in mirror are less messy than they appear…I swear!

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Sadly, the incredible one-bite pizzas weren’t one of my ideas on Saturday, but they will be making a comeback for future get togethers, this I know.

I’ve been dying to make chocolate covered strawberries from scratch for a while now. I made traditional ones on our second wedding anniversary in 2010 using melted chocolate chips and a touch of coconut oil, but this time I made them without chocolate chips. You can check out this anniversary post for a wedding recap and a couple recipes – “love butter” strawberry muffins and the original chocolate covered strawberries!

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with homemade chocolate. I’ve made recipes using cocoa butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, raw cacao powder, vanilla, natural sugars, and nut butter, using all kinds of variations and methods. I have this habit of testing out a million and one variations before I am happy with these types of recipes. I annoy myself so much, but the outcome is usually worth it!

When the chocolate ingredients are heated together, it creates a rich chocolate sauce that you can pour on just about anything. Or you can dip strawberries into it which is what I’ve done here. Instantly, you have yourself a classy party food, with barely any effort at all.

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It gets better! When the chocolate sauce is chilled in the fridge it firms up, but not too firm. The chocolate doesn’t get super hard and break off the strawberry like with regular chocolate covered strawberries; it remains bendy and easy to bite into! Always an unexpected bonus. My friends commented that these were the best chocolate covered strawberries they’ve had and loved that the chocolate wasn’t really hard.  I like to call it “bendy chocolate”. :) You could also use this on sliced bananas too.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries From Scratch

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Ingredients:

  • Approx. 24-28 fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (no subs)
  • 1 tbsp all-natural nut butter (I used cashew butter)*
  • 1/4 scant tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut, to garnish
  • Optional pink glaze: 1/2 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar, 1 large strawberry, 1/2-1 tbsp strawberry jam, processed in a mini blender (makes enough to glaze about 8-10)

 

1. Wash and pat the strawberries dry. Set aside.

2. In a small pot, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, nut butter, and cocoa powder over low to medium heat. Whisk for a couple minutes until all the coconut oil is melted and remove from heat.

3. Dip strawberries into the chocolate mixture, coating most of the strawberry. Place onto a plate lined with parchment paper or on a wire rack. Repeat for the rest and sprinkle with coconut. Chill in the fridge to set.

4. If making the pink frosting: with a mini food processor, combine the icing sugar, strawberry, and jam until smooth. You may need to add a bit more icing sugar depending on the consistency of your jam. If you don’t have a mini processor I suggest not using the whole strawberry and just mixing in a bit more jam into the icing sugar until the right consistency is achieved.

5. Spoon the frosting into a baggie and snip off the end. Pipe frosting onto the strawberries and place back in the fridge until firm.

Here I am guarding my strawberries with my life!

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In other news, today is my 29th birthday! Well, tomorrow if you are reading this Tuesday night. As my family jokingly tells me – it’s my first of very many 29th birthdays. hah. Time goes by faster every year I tell you..it’s a bit scary. I feel so blessed to be alive and healthy, even if it’s something I sometimes take for granted in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

It’s hard to believe that 29 years ago, I was just a wee baby with no idea of what my life would hold!

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Word to my loving mama and big sis.

Well, my partner in crime is treating me to a fun-filled birthday, so I’ll be back with the recap soon!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 15, 2012

Yay first comment! And I loveeee choc-covered strawberries. I am lazy and just melt dark choc but I like the sound of yours way better!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Lia May 15, 2012

Yay! Happy Birthday! Your life has made so many of ours even more wonderful! Hope the recipe suggestions on Fbook helped and didn’t just make you indecisive! There were quite a lot of yummy things on there! Hope you have a good time!

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Willow May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday! Those strawberries sound great – what a great idea for a party! I love dunking fruit in chocolate, but never thought to make my own.

Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!! :D

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Suzie May 15, 2012

MMM those look devine! Thanks for going to so much trouble and sharing this recipe with us, well along with all you others– they are fantastic!!! Happy belated Birthday, may this year be filled many blessings!

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Katrina May 15, 2012

So fun! Love this idea!

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) May 15, 2012

Yummmmmm! These look amazing. And I love the thought of making my own chocolate! Have a wonderful birthday. I hope you spend it with the people you love! :)

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Michaela May 15, 2012

Happy happy happy birthday, Angela! I hope you have a very good one.

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Beks May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

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Heather May 15, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a great day tomorrow. Those chocolate strawberries look amazing!

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Kristin May 15, 2012

Those strawberries look amazing!

Are you going to give us the recipe for those cupcakes?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

Sure, I will try to do this in my bday recap :)

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Jen @ Passport to Bliss May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Angela! Thank you for bringing us joy through your blog. 29 is a great age, but trust me, 30′s are soooo much better! (But you can be 29 as many times as you want…I know I was!) Have a great day!
Jen

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

I`ve heard that from many people! The twenties are a time of self discovery I think…maybe the 30`s are just enjoying oneself more.

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Jess May 15, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Those look amazing. I would love to see some recipes using the cacao butter!! I don’t really know where to start with the bag I have :S

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth May 15, 2012

I’m so excited that I have all of those ingredients, and we’re growing strawberries in our garden!

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Sara May 15, 2012

Happy, happy birthday. You are such an inspiration to me on a daily basis and I love your blog and all that you do. <3

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Heidi @ Food Doodles May 15, 2012

Oooh, so pretty! I’ve always wanted to make chocolate “from scratch” like this, but I always figured it would be too much work. Can’t wait to try this on strawberries and some other fruit. Yummy!
Happy birthday!

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Vegyogini May 15, 2012

Happy almost birthday, fellow Taurus!

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Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela! You’re truly an inspiration.

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Emily May 15, 2012

HAPPY (almost…) BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy it and celebrate you!!!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 15, 2012

yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary and yes…time is just flying! Happy 21st :) bday to you!

And your kitchen…now THAT is the kitchen of someone who actually cooks in it and uses every inch to it’s fullest potential. LOVE those pics!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

yes it`s well used ;)

Happy 11th anniversary Averie!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 15, 2012

nothin’ wrong with a little bendy chocolate ;)

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Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife May 15, 2012

Happy Birthdayyyy! Those strawberries look delicious.

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Ashley Dodge May 15, 2012

Those look amazing, Angela! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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Sarah (appifanie) May 15, 2012

Those look so yummy and Happy Birthday!

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Sharon May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela:)

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela!! Enjoy your get-together & chocolate covered strawberries :D your kitchen looks like mine when I bake, haha.

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Cady May 15, 2012

I hope you are having a wonderful birthday!

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Blog is the New Black May 15, 2012

Happy birthday!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 15, 2012

Happy birthday! (tomorrow) :) Last year when I turned 29, my mom took a picture of me blowing out birthday candles and labeled it “29 forever” So true. I refuse to believe (or admit) I’m a month into being 30 already. Haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

that`s cute :) You just gotta tell yourself that someday 30 will seem very young…it`s all perspective.

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Michelle @ Esculent Dreams May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!!!! I love the idea for making chocolate from scratch :)

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Emily Malone May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, friend! That mirrored backsplash would drive me insaaaaaaaane. Chocolate looks delicious!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

hah yea it drives me pretty crazy, especially because it never stays clean!

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Nic@diningwithastud May 15, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :D I hope you hav a fab day!!

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olya May 15, 2012

Happy birthday!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 15, 2012

yum! you can’t go wrong with chocolate covered strawberries! i’ve never even THOUGHT of making them from scratch… i need to do that! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! enjoy your special day. :)

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Kate (Peacocks & Moonshine) May 15, 2012

These sound amazing!

Your blog is a breath of fresh air-so warm and welcoming. I’ve recently returned to my vegan lifestyle and your blog was one of the first places I went.

I’ve been experimenting with chocolate recipes myself and although I love all the variations, I have yet to find the perfect blend. Your recipe looks like perfection and I’m off to the kitchen to find out :)

Thank you for this amazing recipe and happy birthday-

xo

Kate

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

Thank you Kate! I hope you enjoy it.

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Andrea May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

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KellyB May 15, 2012

Hi
Happy Birthday! My birthday is the 16th too! However I am in my fabulous 40′s.
Here’s a secret- once you are out of your 30′s, 29 doesn’t have the same appeal anymore.
There is truth to the saying “you get wiser with age” and you will appreciate having that wisdom!
Happy Birthday and keep those chocolate recipes coming.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

Love that! Thanks for sharing. :) Happy Birthday to you to Kelly!

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KellyB May 15, 2012

Hi again,
Forgot to mention: your mom looks amazing for just having a baby and you look just like your mom.

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bitt of raw May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday! It’s my husband’s birthday too. You are in good company, and so is he. He would like a chocolate covered strawberry please. :-)

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela! The strawberries look delicious- and pretty. :)

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Mary May 15, 2012

Happy birthday! The yellow tail and the strawberries both look great – enjoy!

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Lou May 16, 2012

I wish you a happy birthday, 1 day too late. What an exquisite dessert these strawberries (and other fruits) dipped in chocolate. I keep that recipe in mind for future invitation. Excuse the mistakes I could make, I’m french speaking from Québec.

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