Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick

by Marla on January 31, 2011 · 96 comments

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What is it about the simplicity of chocolate covered fruit that makes us all smile? With Valentine’s day around the corner I wanted to share one of the most popular treats – with a few of my little twists. I always use the best chocolate and I had tons of fun with the toppings as you can see. Treat yourself, your kids or your grown up Valentine to these small, delightful indulgences. After an overwhelming response to my Raspberry Cream Cheese Pan-Crepes, I thought that we should dive a bit further into Valentine’s goodies.

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There is so much more than strawberries out there when it comes to dipping. Sure those are delicious, but so is citrus, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, bananas, apples, etc. Come to think of it there is not much I don’t love dipped in chocolate. My friend Damaris just wrote a lovely post about family fondue night. It was a great inspiration to start melting blocks of our favorite treat.

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OK, so these mandarins are not on sticks (they kept sliding off) but they sure were tasty anyway and easy to hold in your fingers when dipping. I added some stevia granules and dried orange rind to some and rock salt to others. The salt was way much – I would change that idea to coarse rock sugar next time.

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Some of the chocolate I spiced up with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon for a playful flavor twist. You can use your favorite kind of chocolate. From dark to milk and even white, have it your way. I love unsweetened 99% that I sweeten myself with stevia. My kids enjoyed when I brought these treats to school at pick-up. They too love the dark, rich stuff like their mama!

Chocolate & Sprinkles Dipped Fruit on a Stick on FamilyFreshCooking.com

You know what is the best part about chocolate dipped fruit? It takes just a few minutes to make & it tastes heavenly with virtually no effort at all.

Chocolate & Sprinkles Dipped Fruit on a Stick on FamilyFreshCooking.com

My favorites were the blueberries. There was the perfect ratio of chocolate to fruit & they are so easy to pop in your mouth. If you use larger fruits such as bananas or apples, simply cut to bite sized pieces before you dip. Not rocket science and that makes it all the more fun.

Chocolate & Sprinkles Dipped Fruit on a Stick on FamilyFreshCooking.com

What is your favorite fruit to dip ? Do you have any special flavors you add or special touches?

Chocolate & Sprinkles Dipped Fruit on a Stick on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: as much as you need

Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick

Ingredients

  • Your favorite Chocolate (about 1 ounce per person)
  • Your favorite fruits: dried, fresh etc. A mix of fruit is fun. think beyond strawberries.
  • Toppings (the sky is the limit!): Sprinkles, Toasted Nuts, Coarse Sugar, Stevia Granules, Brown Sugar, Maple Sugar, Cacao Nibs, etc
  • Spices: any or a few of the following ground spices are delicious in chocolate. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cayenne, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, All Spice

Method

  • Wash and dry all fruit. If you are using any large fruit (apples, bananas) be sure to cut them into bite sized pieces. Have toppings handy in small bowls. In a medium sauce pan bring 1 inch of water to a rolling boil.
  • Put desired amount of chocolate in a heat safe metal bowl. This bowl is going to nest inside the saucepan, be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water inside. Reduce heat to a simmer and put chocolate nesting bowl on top of the saucepan. Chocolate will gradually melt. Stir with a spatula and add stevia or any spices. Leave chocolate over simmering water bath while you dip fruit so it does not harden. Pierce berries and other fruits onto skewers, dip in chocolate. If the pieces of fruit are large enough you can gently dip holding with your fingers. Roll in toppings.
  • Notes
  • Use your favorite chocolate to melt. Some melt better than others. You need to experiment. I love unsweetened dark 99% cacao and I sweeten it to taste with stevia powder or drops.
  • Spice or don't spice, up to you and your taste preference.
  • I like the bain marie (water bath) method to melt chocolate. This is the most gentle way to melt it. If you prefer the microwave you can do that too.
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{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 31, 2011 at 6:16 am

These are so cute! I love them :)

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2 Jenny Flake January 31, 2011 at 6:23 am

LOVE these! So pretty and delicious! Gorgeous post and winning recipe girl! xoxo

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3 Deliciously Organic January 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

Very cute! I’ll make these and take them to school for the kid’s Valentine’s party. They will flip!

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4 lululu January 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

beautiful kids, beautiful treat.

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5 Amanda January 31, 2011 at 6:30 am

Gorgeousness!!! I love the idea and the execution… you totally rocked this girl! :)

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6 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 31, 2011 at 6:33 am

These are super fun and adorable! My kids will love these!

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7 Lucy January 31, 2011 at 6:34 am

So fun. Thanks for sharing x

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8 Lauren from Lauren's Latest January 31, 2011 at 6:37 am

So easy and delicious! Love those photos of your kiddies! So cute!

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet January 31, 2011 at 6:59 am

Ah so cute!! I absolutely LOVE the sprinkles! Thanks for
the link too!

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10 Rosa January 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

Those look so pretty! Perfect for children… A pity I’m
not a big fan of that combo. Cheers, Rosa

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11 Barbara Bakes January 31, 2011 at 7:28 am

My favorite way to eat fruit! Even better on a
stick!

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12 Maria January 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

What a fun treat for Valentine’s Day!

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13 Kristen January 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

So cute – we love chocolate dipped fruit! Never thought to
put sprinkles on it!

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14 Nancy@acommunaltable January 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

Just goes to prove that a terrific dessert doesn’t have to
be complicated!! Wonderful photos and a great idea!!

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15 the urban baker January 31, 2011 at 8:03 am

I will take a bouquet, please!!! My kids are very
particular about their fruit so when I want them to eat something
new I always include chocolate. Yet, never thought of the
non-perils! mmmmmm! x

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16 A Canadian Foodie January 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

Marla! You are NAUGHT-TEE!
This would actually be a nutritious snack with dark chocolate, sans sprinkles – but who would leave them out – they add the personality to each piece.
LUCKY DUCKY kiddies!
:)
valerie

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17 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

I absolutely love this idea, Marla, and it’s such a fun way to enjoy two of my favorite things – chocolate and fruit! Super cute and creative. Thanks for sharing!

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18 Vivienne January 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

They look adorable and are just perfect for Valentine’s Day when you want to give your loved ones a healthy treat. Bananas are my absolute favorite fruit to dip chocolate in followed by Strawberries. The natural sweetness of the Bananas make it sweet enough to not have to add anything and I roll them in all kinds of nuts. My kids devour them and actually prefer them over candy.

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19 naomi January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Love these! A great sweet fun with fruit!

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20 Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

fun and delicious, everything is wonderful dipped in chocolate :)

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21 Cathy/ShowFoodChef January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

marla, those pics are so fantastic! Great idea and so colorful and fun, how could kids (big and small) resist?

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22 Marla January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Cathy: I think I will always be a kid – all this stuff excites me as much as it does them ;)

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23 Xiaolu January 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Super cute idea and a great way to get your kids to eat
more fruit! Heck, I eat a lot of fruit already but it’d get me to
eat more too ;).

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24 Marla January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Xiaolu: My kids love fruit no matter what too. This is a treat – but yes, nice to have a healthy one that they love! Always playful & fun over here.

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25 peachkins January 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I love choco-dipped anything!

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26 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

what beautiful pics, Marla!!

i am a camera/photo -observer junkie now. I have to purchase your lens.. I think it’s gonna happen :)

Your kiddos are adorable, as always!

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27 Marla January 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Averie: I love how you are exploring photography. It is so exciting to buzz around and see what everyone is up to. If you get the big lens I am sure you will love it. So nice not to change lenses all the time. Zoom + wide angle was a great invention. Thanks for your sweet compliments!

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28 Sara January 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh I love these chocolate fruit lollipops! My niece
& nephew are coming over and I’m going to make these yummy
cutie for them! :)

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29 Molly Chester January 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Your kids are adorable! Looks like they loved their
snack!

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30 Daydreamer Desserts January 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Fun, Fun, Fun! I just bought a large container of
Strawberries and Blackberries… nice timing!

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31 Allison [Haute Box] January 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Fruit dipped in chocolate is my favorite. These are delectable Marla!

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32 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Beautifully simple! Mmm…dark chocolate cherries would probably be my favorite, but blueberries would come in a close second! They’re so cute on the sticks!

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33 Marla February 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

Betty: Now How could have I forgotten about those cherries??!! Chocolate covered cherries are amazing. Perhaps so wonderful to have their own post sometime in the future!

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34 Angie's Recipes January 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

wow Marla, ain’t those just adorable! You are so creative!

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35 Mariko February 1, 2011 at 12:52 am

Love the sprinkl-ies (the ies means “cuter” than regular sprinkles). Adorable. Especially the kids faces when they’re eating them!

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36 Katrina February 1, 2011 at 4:58 am

You are seriously the cutest! I would have loved this as a kid. Simple, and so awesome at the same time. I love this!

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37 shelly (cookies and cups) February 1, 2011 at 5:20 am

Pretty, delicious and healthy..that’s you in a nutshell :)

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38 Marla February 1, 2011 at 6:10 am

Shelly: OK, do I love you or what??!! Thanks so much for the words of sweetness. *smiles*

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39 Joanne February 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

These are the PERFECT V-Day treats! Just a little bit sinful…but with some nutritious value as well! I am ALL OVER these.

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40 Heavenly Housewife February 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

What an adorable and healthy treat, and best of all, you
don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them. *kisses*
HH

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41 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

These treats are just the cutest! They’d be a great treat
to take along for the superbowl as well.

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42 Lori @ RecipeGirl February 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Darling! They’d be so cute for Valentine’s Day!

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43 Rebekah February 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Oh, lovely.

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44 Anna Johnston February 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

These are always winners & really dress up a table
for a fun celebration :)

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45 Nicole, RD February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Gorgeous! I want one of each! Chocolate dipped fruit always
reminds me of Edible Arrangements and I LOVE those!

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46 Jesyka February 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thank you for finding me on TastyKitchen. I was about to
add your blog to Google Reader, but decided to just add it to my
“Favorites” instead because the site itself is pretty and I don’t
want to miss out! Looking foward to trying some of these recipes
out. We have recently made “the switch” and I’m a bit
lost!

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47 FOODESSA February 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Fresh fruit…quality chocolate and much fun…what more
can we ask for? Adorable post and how lucky are those kids of yours
;o)) Have a great week, Claudia

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48 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen February 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Absolutely love chocolate dipped fruits but yours look so much fancier, prettier and ah everything good :) I’m going to try prettying up mine next time.

PS – New to your blog and loving it!

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49 Damaris @Kitchen Corners February 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Your pictures are so simple and so beautiful. I love them!

My favorite fruit to dip is slices of Asian pear, yum.

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50 Marla February 2, 2011 at 4:59 am

Damaris: Ooooo, Asian Pear sounds wonderful. Pears and chocolate are always a great combo. Thanks again for inspiring me with your fondue! I still need to get you that playlist so we can work off all this chocolate!

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51 grace February 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

this is the supreme treat–a little bit healthy, a little bit rock ‘n roll. :)

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52 Marla February 2, 2011 at 5:00 am

Grace: “a little bit rock ‘n roll” That’s why I love you girl, they sure are.

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53 Amy February 2, 2011 at 4:53 am

Yum! I love the sprinkles on the chocolate too! Perfect for Valentines day!

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54 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 2, 2011 at 5:45 am

I’ve never thought to dip fresh berries other than
strawberries in chocolate before, but it makes perfect sense when
you think of all the chocolate covered dried berries that we always
see. I bet the blueberries would be divine with the dark chocolate!
I also like the combination of ginger and chocolate, so I might use
some chopped candied ginger to top them off.

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55 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:24 am

Sylvie: I am so happy you stopped by. Candied Ginger and dark chocolate is one of my all time favorite combos. Last Valentine’s day I posted Dark Chocolate Truffles with Ginger & smoked paprika. Think I need to make those again soon!

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56 Faith February 2, 2011 at 6:38 am

These are so beautiful, Marla! So many endless
possibilities with different fruits and kinds of chocolate. And so
much fun for the kiddies too! Love it!

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57 CookiePie February 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Adorable, and what a fabulous idea! And healthy to boot!
You’re amazing :)

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58 zerrin February 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

What a great treat! Bet kids enjoy making them too. These
would be wonderful for Valentine’s Day too!

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59 Aggie February 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

This is seriously my kind of dessert. I love bananas dipped
in chocolate with chopped nuts. Oh oh oh….. your photos are
gorgeous and definitely tempting. I want a dipped
blackberry!!

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60 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

Aggie: Bananas dipped in chocolate has got to be one of my most treasured foods on this planet. Yes indeed! Thanks for your sweet compliments :)

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61 Jennifer (Savor) February 3, 2011 at 7:18 am

Awesome and darn tasty!

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62 Cookin' Canuck February 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

I love this healthy version of treats-on-a-stick. What a
fun treat for Valentine’s Day! Plus, you spiced them up with my
kind of flavors – ginger, cardamom, cinnamon.

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63 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

Dara: Glad you noticed the spices in the chocolate, they add a very fun flavor twist! Anything goes, creativity is always encouraged over here :)

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64 Shaina February 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

Love chocolate-dipped fruit, and the kids love it, too!
Perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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65 megan @ whatmegansmaking February 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

What a great idea! I can’t believe I never thought to do this. beautiful :)

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66 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Those are so cute. I just love the sprinkles on them. :)

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67 Courtney February 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

I absolutely love chocolate covered fruit, or chocolate
covered anything for that matter. :) You children are too
cute!

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68 rebecca February 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

wow these are so adorable and look fun to make with kids

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69 Rossella February 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

I want one of them.
I’ll do them asap. They are simple, funny, gorgeous and surprising all together.

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70 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hi Marla – I just wanted to let you know that I featured
these adorable little desserts in my Valentine’s Day Favorites post
today… Here’s the link:
http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2011/02/my-favorite-valentines-day-recipes.html.
Thanks for sharing them. Have a great weekend!

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71 Kelly Lester (EasyLunchboxes) January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I want those yummy treats. I want those beautiful children. Scrumptious Marla!

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72 Marla January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Kelly! I am glad they are coming around again for this Valentine’s Day. I had a blast making these last year & will now need to make a batch this weekend!

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73 Debbie January 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

This is perfect timing, because I was just thinking this morning that I wanted to make chocolate-dipped strawberries for my daughter’s pre-K Valentine’s Day party, but didn’t know whether to leave the greenery on or not. Never even though about putting them on a stick. Yay!

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74 Marla January 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi Debbie, glad I helped you solve that problem :) These are fun to make & the kids can help too. Not to mention they are delicious to eat!

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75 Irene May 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Love this idea…..must try it with the kids at Messy Church. Thanks.

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76 Marla May 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I hope you get to do that Irene :)

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77 Susi October 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

They look great and I am planning on adding them to my daughters b’day menu. Could they be made in advance or are they best eaten immediately?

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78 Marla October 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

Hi Susi, Not sure if I would make these too far in advance. How about the morning of the party??

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79 Priyanka Agarwal December 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

How many days can these fruit chocolates be stored

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80 Marla December 25, 2012 at 6:32 am

I’m thinking overnight as they are fresh fruit ~ would not let ‘em go too long….

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81 Aqiyl Aniys March 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

It is funny that you mentioned the simplicity of chocolate covered fruit making us smile, because that is exactly what I did when I saw the first picture.

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