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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Kristina May 15, 2012

happiest of birthdays, Angela! hope this year is a fantastic one!

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Ariel Scheirer May 15, 2012

Do you ever take a bad photo? Seriously, you look amazing in all your photos. Maybe you get it from your Mom. There she is, a day or so after birth I take it, and looking radiant. Maybe it’s the smile.

And, for what it’s worth, I found 29 better than 28, and 30 better than 29, and — well, you get the picture. It just gets better!!! Happy Birthday!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

hah yes, but thank you! I agree my mom does look great after childbirth…what`s her secret… Maybe she will share. ;)

So many people say it gets better each year which is fun to think about. I would have to agree its a gradual upward swing, give or take some `hard`years or common ups and downs in life.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

Thanks everyone for all your birthday wishes!

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Keri May 15, 2012

Happy birthday! I just had my 4th 29th birthday. My how time flies. Next year I will celebrate with chocolate covered strawberries and wine. Or maybe I’ll have to celebrate my birthday again at the end of the month. These look fantastic!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

heheh happy 4th! ;)

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Spencer May 15, 2012

What an awesome recipe! I would so love to try some of them. They look so good!

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Tracy @ Commit to Fit May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 15, 2012

happy birthday lovely lady!

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Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 15, 2012

Happy birthday!!! Those chocolate covered strawberries look awesome! That takes me back to my wedding shower a few years ago…I absolutely love chocolate and fruit together!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 15, 2012

Happiest of birthdays to you! I turn 29 this year too. Doesn’t it blow your mind to think you’re almost 30!? i feel like I’m still 20! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Yes it does…and I expect I will feel the same way when I turn 30, 40, 50 etc. Its a good thing to feel younger than you are though!

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela!

Gorgeous looking strawberries – yum!

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Taylor May 15, 2012

Happy birthday! I bet raspberry jam would be good too for the pink glaze! now i have a new craving for the evening.

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Shana May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday! Those look amazing! Pinning. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Thanks for the Pin Shana :)

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Robyn May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to you,,,hope it’s an awesome year for you! And what a great recipe,,,But those pictures,,,are absolutely gorgeous!!

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Robyn May 15, 2012

Oh yeah,,,and I love your new header too…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Thanks Robyn!

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Georgina May 15, 2012

Happy birthday Angela! You and your recipes just get better and better! :D

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Celina May 15, 2012

Happy birthday, Angela! It’s my mom’s birthday, too :) Enjoy your day! (By the way I’m a HUGE fan of your blog – I love all your recipes!)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Thank you :) Happy bday to your mom!

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Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours May 15, 2012

Happy birthday fabulous lady!

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Heather W May 15, 2012

These look delish! Along with everything else you make! *Drool*

Are you originally from Moncton NB? That’s where I live!

Actually…I don’t even know where you live now to be honest lol.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

hah yea I was born there and lived there for a good part of my life (Riverview actually!). I’m in Oakville Ontario now.

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Jessica @ Chockohlawtay May 15, 2012

Happy 29th Birthday!! You are so young and look like it too. I’m sure people say this all the time, but you really do “glow” … I guess I should drink more green monsters too ;)
Hope you had a good bday!
-Jess

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Mélanie May 15, 2012

Happy birthday, Angela!
I discovered your blog a few days ago and have already made about half a dozen of your recipes. They all turned out delicious and I wanted to thank you for sharing them (I think my favorite so far is the crazy woman chocolate blender pudding. A hit! And the VOO with banana soft serve… mmm there are no words).
I’m from France and being a vegan with a sweet tooth there is hard, with delicious pastries loaded with butter available at every corner! Your recipes are a huge help and inspiration for me, thanks so much!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Its a pleasure to meet you Mélanie!

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Leah May 15, 2012

We share the same birthday! Happy birthday, Angela! Thank you for being such an inspiration and for sharing all your delicious creations with us.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Leah!

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Bea May 16, 2012

Happy birthday Angela!!! Heehee, bendy chocolate. Sounds yummy!

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 16, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

May you enjoy all the bendy chocolate in the world ;)

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Georgia May 16, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELA! I’ve been mad about your blog ever since Canadian Living put me on to you in their list of best canadian blogs. Keep up the good work! Your joie de vivre, positive attitude, and honesty are inspiring. Can’t wait for the book!

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Adija Mugabo May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday! I turn 29 in another few weeks myself! Plus, your Mom looks great in that photo, most women don’t look that good post-labour :)

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Erica May 16, 2012

Happiest of Birthdays beautiful girl!

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Sonal May 16, 2012

Happy birthday Angela! :) wishing you all the best, always! xx

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char eats greens May 16, 2012

BIRTHDAY TWINS!! May 16th is seriously the best birthday day ever ;) Hope you have a fantastic one!!! I’m, unfortunately, up early to head to campus for my birthday – who seriously schedules a summer course at 8:30 in the morning?!

Have a great day, Angela!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday hun!!! I was up way too early too.

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Belmont Boswell May 16, 2012

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!! I hope it’s filled with your most favorite things! :)

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Joy May 16, 2012

Happy birthday
Jim loves chocolate covered well anything but particularly strawberry one year I made him a dozen to look like roses for valentines day

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Jessica May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Angela! My bf’s brithday is in the beginning of June and since he can’t have dairy, this would be a perfect recipe to make for him. Infact, I may just make everything from your website!

Enjoy your full-filled day, can’t wait to read about it!

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Ingrid King May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Angela! Have a wonderful day!

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Heather @ dragonflygirlruns May 16, 2012

Love chocolate covered anything, they look delish! Happy Birthday!

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Stefania May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday! Those look delicious! And you don’t look anywhere near 29, which MUST be because of how you eat!

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Sarah L. May 16, 2012

Happy birthday, Angela! Enjoy this refreshing morning rain. :)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday love! Have a wonderful day and enjoy some birthday fun!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 16, 2012

Happy birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day!

And these strawberries look fantastic! I can’t wait to bust them out for a BBQ and impress all my friends. ;)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 16, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ange!!!! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day, full of bendy chocolate-covered strawberries and lots of love! <3

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday! I made a similar chocolate icing for cookies over the weekend and it worked really well. There was some leftover and I enjoyed it this morning on cinnamon raisin toast!

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KatieScentsy May 16, 2012

loooove chocolate covered strawberries!! yum!

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