Healthy Valentine’s Day Candy

Healthy Valentine’s Day Candy

The perfect recipe just in time for the big V Day. Ok, so this is probably not even a recipe, but more like an idea for Valentine's Day. We have probably all seen chocolate dipped strawberries or chocolate coated strawberries. However, after seeing all the ads lately with all the traditional chalky Valentine's Day candy with all the cute quotes on them, I thought that would be a great idea to do it to strawberries. Much healthier and super delicious.

It is the day of love after all, so something cute and festive I wanted to create. My perfect little hand model ate a bazillion of these strawberries.

Exhibit A. Look at that adorable messy strawberry face.

 

So, as you might have guessed....all you need is 2 ingredients....some strawberries and some chocolate. I used unsweetened chocolate, that way it made this dessert entirely sugar-free, with the exception of the natural sugars in strawberries.

Oh, and you will need one of the decorating pens. I bought this one from Sur La Table. Make sure to watch the little video tutorial if you buy that one, as it helps to know how to properly use it. You could try to do it with a baggy, cutting off the corner, but it might get a little messy that way. The pen was super cool, but it still wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to neatly write out the words. At least, for me it wasn't, haha! It really requires a steady hand and this isn't something I EVER do, so they don't look as perfect as I'd like, but not terrible either.

This was a fun idea that I came up with and wanted to share, so if you make these or decide to share them on your blog, please link back and give credit to my blog. Thank you! I'd also love to hear your feedback below if you make these. You can also tag me on Instagram at #thevegan8.

HEALTHY VALENTINE'S DAY CANDY
Forget the chalky, overly processed Valentine's Day candy and instead, eat nature's natural candy. These are more creative and fun to make. Not only are they much healthier, and much tastier, they will surely impress a loved one or your guests!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  2. 3 cups strawberries
  3. Decorating pin (I purchased one from Sur La Table)
  4. Note: Alternatively, you could add the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and cut a tiny corner off and pipe the chocolate that way, but I think it will be much harder to be precise, which is why I just bought a pin.
Instructions
  1. Clean and papertowel dry your strawberries.
  2. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and then a couple more 15 second intervals until melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. If using a decorative pin, use the chocolate right away because it will get harder to squeeze as it cools.
  3. The chocolate will harden rather quickly after applying, especially if you just removed your strawberries from the fridge. Otherwise, let them harden at room temperature or in the fridge. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I tried this with white chocolate and it did not work. I used a vegan brand and when melted, it was too runny to use. However, if you use commercial white chocolate chips, they will likely work better, they probably will not be vegan, just fyi.
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Hope everybody has a wonderful Valentine's Day! Be sure to check out my last Valentine's Day post that I wrote for Pottery Barn, and to make the 1 Bowl Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake for Two!

40 Comments

  1. How cute is that. Strawberries with a message. Love it, Strawberries are my favorite and I am so happy to have them year round. They are the perfect valentines day treat. Those cute little hands holding that strawberry is precious,

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Suzanne for your kind words!! Her little hands are just a huge piece to my heart. I just love little kids hands…they are just so precious and I love photographing her!

  2. You know I love these and I love not paying $5 + per berry at Godiva right?
    Perfect! Happy Valentine’s day!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Right?! Godiva is so overpriced, Puh-lease!! Although, I’m sure theirs are much prettier and professional, lol!

  3. This is so creative! I love this idea and the fact that you get just a taste of chocolate instead of a lot.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Linda so much! Yes, I was happy to let my daughter eat these without the guilt of her eating too much sweets, as with traditional desserts. She was one happy little girl eating strawberry after strawberry!

  4. Just freakin’ adorable!! Both the berries AND that beautiful daughter of yours. LOVE those little hands.

    (I think I need one of those pens. I am THE WORST at decorating which is why I avoid it with my desserts!)

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you my friend! You are too sweet! Olivia was more than happy to assist, lol! Oh and trust me, I am not experienced at this stuff, my first time ever using a pen like this and I made plenty of oops, so I guarantee you’re no worse than me!

  5. What a delicious candy, it looks so creative 😀
    Great idea!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Uru! ❤️

  6. Jen

    Your daughter is SO ADORABLE! These strawberries are also adorable. I don’t think I could make them look as good as you did here, but I have never seen that type of decorating pen before. I’m intrigued to say the least. I think these are just gorgeous and I’m going to pin to my Valentines board so I can try them next year.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks Jen! She gets SO EXCITED when I tell her I want her help in a photoshoot! Using her hands was a last minute decision and I love how it turned out

  7. This is such a cute idea! You get your holiday chocolate fix and a dose of fruit…plus personalized! How cute are those little hands holding the strawberry?!?!?! 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks Meghan!! I was happy my idea turned out and my little girl was quite happy too, lol!

  8. These are sooooo freakin’ adorable, and so is your daughter! What a clever idea although I think I’d have a hard time pulling this off and having them still be legible. I can barely write with a pen let alone with chocolate! LOL

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha! Thank you so much Nicole! Trust me, my hand was shaking a lot and I’m not great at these things, so I’m sure you could do it! The pen definitely helped…it would have been a nightmare without it, lol! Thank you for the compliments

  9. Love this idea; Simple, but so beautiful! I need to get me one of those pens. Your daughter is darling and I LOVE that sweet picture of her hands holding the strawberry. Absolutely gorgeous!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments Melanie! I’m so glad you love the strawberries!

  10. Brandi! I LOVE this idea, it’s awesome and your photos are fantastic!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so sweet, thank you so much Vicky!

  11. I absolutely adore this idea! I shared it with a lot of friends that were looking for healthy alternatives. Aint nobody got time for cavities and processed junk.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Ashlee!! You are so kind! xx

  12. I already told you this on Instagram, but I’ll tell you again now that I’ve finally got around to reading your post…love your creativity. What a fabulous idea and that little girl of yours is so sweet. xo

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Nissrine! You are so sweet!

  13. I seriously cannot handle how cute this post is!!!! Between the lovely strawberries and your daughter…oh, MY! Adorable! What a fun idea. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks so much Mandy! You are such a sweetheart!

  14. Love your healthy and creative alternative so much, Brandi!! This year, I did the regular chocolate-dipped strawberries; excited to try yours for next year! 🙂 Cute idea and an even cuter model to pose for it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks so much for your sweet words Violet!!

  15. This is the most adorable idea ever, Brandi!! And I love how much your little girl loves the strawberries – she is so sweet 🙂 What a fun way to get the little ones (and everyone for that matter!) to eat more fruit!! These strawberries look a million times better than the sugar-ridden candy sold in stores 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Ceara!! Yes, she LOVES strawberries, and fruit in general, which is a wonderful thing!

  16. I need to get one of those decorating pens! Love how simple this is and super smart! I think a strawberry that is dipped completely in chocolate is just too much but adding just a bit like you did here is perfect! Vdday is over now so I missed out but I think I might have to make these with numbers and letters on them. Might be a tasty way for my boys to learn those 🙂 Oh and your little girl is so adorable!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks Vanessa! You are too sweet! I wouldn’t turn away a chocolate dipped strawberry but this is definitely a fun twist!! My daughter sure loved them and they are so healthy, I let her eat a million of them!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh and I LOVE your idea of the numbers….might be a very yummy, but messy way to learn, lol!

  17. Such a lovely idea for Valentine’s day or any day to leave a sweet message. I’m so very excited make a connection with you and you blog (gorgeous photos).

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Laura for your sweet comment! So glad to connect with you as well!!

  18. Skweeeee – there’s too much cuteness in this post! Your little hand model is adorable, Brandi. I want to squish her soft cheeks! And I love that I wouldn’t have to feel guilty about gobbling up a dozen of these “candies”. I hope you had a wonderful Valentines with your beautiful family!

  19. Ok, this has to be hands down the cutest recipe ever! <3

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks so much Audrey!! I appreciate that!

  20. You made these tasty strawberries look so pretty & appetizing!

    What a neat simple idea! 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Sophie!

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