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Dark Chocolate Strawberries

With Valentines Day only a week away I thought it would be appropriate to make my favorite Dark Chocolate Strawberries!  These delicious little devils took a total of 5 minutes to mix and dip.  The dark chocolate sauce has the most intoxicating rich chocolate flavor.  So make, eat, and love!

QUESTION for all readers: Do you think Valentines Day is the day to express love for your loved ones or a day made up by corporations to make money??

Dark Chocolate Strawberries

  • 2 tbls Raw Cacao Butter or Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/4 c Cacao Powder
  • 1 1/2 tbls Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  • 10 Strawberries

In a glass bowl, blend all the ingredients in the order above.  If the chocolate becomes too thick, put the glass bowl in a warm water bath to re-melt the cacao butter or coconut oil.  Holding the strawberry firmly by the stem dip 3/4 of the strawberry in the chocolate sauce.  Rotate in the chocolate but do not completely cover as you want to show a bit of the red from the strawberry.  Place a piece of wax paper on a cutting board for all the chocolate dipped strawberries to lay.  Pop in the freezer for 3-5 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.  Serve on a white plate as this will bring out the color and draw the eye to the red strawberries and dark chocolate.

Makes about 10 strawberries

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15 responses

  1. Tera

    both. the IDEA is from cherishing your loved ones and having a good time, and has been basically that until roughly 1900s. from then on, new businesses snatched up the chance to make money off of this seemingly easy chance.

    February 6, 2011 at 17:57

  2. Sarah Aguas

    duh, Carla. It’s a drinking holiday. Just with a different theme. Very similar to St. Patty’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. Viva!!

    February 6, 2011 at 18:20

  3. marita

    Oh Carla! You little sweetheart. Giving us all a Valentine’s gift of strawberries and chocolate! They look like yummy little soldiers all lined up in their uniforms of red, black, and green!
    I might even make ‘em as you make it look so easy!
    Marita

    February 6, 2011 at 18:54

  4. Bubbles LaRue

    Carla,

    Yet again such brilliant work.

    The photo is elegantly simple, stunning in the layout and lighting.

    Sarah A – I remember the days when the years holidays rotated around drinking – now it’s called “never again hangover, I’m too old for this S_ _ _.”

    Last night hit it hard on the water with gas ;)

    Bubbles LaRue

    February 6, 2011 at 18:55

  5. Chocolate covered strawberries are my all time favorite! Thanks for this recipe!

    February 6, 2011 at 20:09

  6. Molly

    I think it’s a day to make money. We have commercialized it just like Christmas. If my loved one can only come up with one lousy day out of 365 to show/tell me he loves me, there’s a serious problem.

    But I really enjoy seeing the pretty colors of red and pink, the glitter, cookies, frostings, flowers and balloons (none of which *I* receive but it’s still pretty!).

    February 6, 2011 at 21:15

    • Carla

      Molly, I could not absolutely agree with you more! My husband and I don’t celebrate it as we show each other everyday. But I do love seeing all the red and pink decorations!

      February 6, 2011 at 22:44

      • I treat all holidays as if they don’t have *anything* to do with retail. In other words, I hand-make everything I gift to others, write and make cards, do favors for people. Anything to get away from the traditional “shop until you drop” — of course, nobody tells you that you drop not because you’re on your feet too long, but because you’ve bought and eaten too much processed food, polluted the world with useless junk, and spent your money on things that hurt global economy, local economy, and planetary ecology. So, I just ignore all the Valentine’s advertisements and make a point to do something special for my husband.

        March 3, 2011 at 19:07

  7. Yummy. I love strawberries and dark chocolate. I am going to try this as a treat to myself.

    February 18, 2011 at 21:32

  8. Makinna

    Carla, my love, I invited some girlfriends over for dinner tonight (one is trying vegan for a couple weeks and was stumped for recipes so thought it would be fun to make food all together) and we made these for desert, soooo easy and yet beautiful and DELICIOUS! We were licking the chocolate from the pan and mixer, just like back in the day :) Soooo good. :) thank you, thank you, than you! you made the dinner party a smash hit. Plus getting to eat your creations is like having a little bit of your presence at the party, but I still want the real thing. Can’t wait to see you soon.

    February 22, 2011 at 07:29

    • Carla

      Thank you Makinnna for the fantastic comment and feedback! I’m so happy you made and served them at your dinner party! Sarah said you made the best raw food! And don’t worry, I will bring a few raw treats for you when I see you in Palm Springs!!

      February 24, 2011 at 17:51

  9. I would do this with dates or figs — agave, while “raw” is still “refined” — and most importantly, I react strongly and negatively to even small amounts, and ironically, my husband does too! (Although our physical reactions are quite different, but both very serious. His involves vomiting, and mine involves leg cramps so severe I can hardly move — and other things you’d rather I didn’t describe I’m sure.) Same goes for maple syrup. While these options are better than high fructose corn syrup (if not nutritionally, then at least ecologically), I don’t personally consider them healthful. I do not condone eating dates in excess either, but I believe they are closer to nature than a refined syrup. Just my two cents. I think I will try this chocolate covered strawberry deliciousness, but use figs blended in my food processor with the other ingredients. Thanks for posting. :D

    March 3, 2011 at 19:11

  10. I made these recipe today and LOVED IT! Thank u so much for sharing! I hope it’s OK, I published the recipe on my blog!

    Thank u so much for a LOVELY blog!!!

    / Amalia

    March 12, 2011 at 17:12

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