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chocolate-covered strawberries… only easier to make, easier to eat, and on a stick

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I like chocolate covered strawberries. Sure. They are decadent and all that. But I don’t like eating inconvenient food. Food that is cumbersome. Messy. Awkward. As I find chocolate covered strawberries. Caramel apples fall into this category, too. I don’t eat caramel apples, because crowns are expensive to replace.

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And so I made these. The stick saves your fingers from smears of chocolate. They are smaller than a whole strawberry, so they are much less awkward to eat. And you don’t have to deal with dunking strawberries into a vat of quickly hardening chocolate.

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As chocolate-covered strawberries are associated with Valentine’s Day, some could argue that they serve as a metaphor for love, perhaps as chocolate and strawberries form a perfect union. And more might say that I have now created a way to make love less messy, less awkward, and yet still wonderful. So you’re welcome, world. Still others may say that my argument is ridiculous and makes no sense.

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 how to make chocolate strawberry pops

you will need:*

chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or any you prefer)
strawberries
sharp knife
disposable decorating bags
scissors
baking tray
parchment or was paper
lollipop sticks

*Find 12-inch disposable decorating bags and lollipop sticks in the craft store. Links are provided at the bottom of this post, too.

 

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Prepare the strawberries. Cut off the top of a strawberry, then slice the strawberry in half. Cut a little “V” at the top of each half. If you want the strawberry half to lay flatter, you can also trim a thin slice off of the back.

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Melt the chocolate. Line a baking tray with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Fill a disposable decorating bag with about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds, then 30 second and 15 second intervals, massaging the bag after each, until the chocolate chips are fully melted.

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Make your pops. Twist the top of the bag so the chocolate doesn’t ooze out of the top. Snip 1/2 inch from the tip of the bag. Pipe a dot of chocolate on the tray. Place a lollipop stick on top. Then pipe another circle of chocolate on top of that, about 1 1/2 to 2-inches in diameter, enough to accommodate the strawberry half. Place a strawberry half on top and gently press into the chocolate. Fill the tray and refrigerate until well set, about an hour. Use a new decorating bag for melting additional chocolate. Each decorating bag of chocolate will make about 6 pops.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    So adorable!

  2. Posted January 17, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    That is an absolutely brilliant idea. I love how the sliced strawberries make natural ‘v’s.

  3. Posted January 17, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    these are a really cute treat for Valentine’s Day!

  4. Posted January 18, 2014 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I love this! This is the most brilliant idea for Valentine’s Day I have ever seen!! Pinning now!

  5. meaghanmountford
    Posted January 18, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Oh well, gosh, I don’t know about “most” brilliant, but… fine, I’ll take it. :) Thank you!

  6. Posted January 20, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    These are adorable! My daughter will love to make these for Valentine’s Day.

  7. Amanda
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    How do you store them after they’re finished before you serve them? I’m thinking about making them tomorrow night to send in to school on Friday…

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Amanda! I would store in a tupperware container in the fridge if you’re using chocolate chips. If you have enough room, maybe try not to stack them (alternatively, leave them on the baking tray and put that in the fridge, covered with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap). If you’re using candy melts, they can store at room temperature. Hope this helps! :)

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