Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick

Marla Meridith

January 31, 2011



Homemade chocolate covered berries for Valentine's Day

 

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.

Chocolate Covered Mandarins and Blueberries on MarlaMeridith.com

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.

Chocolate Covered Mandarins Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

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 MarlaMeridith.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 MarlaMeridith.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 MarlaMeridith.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 MarlaMeridith.com

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101 Comments
  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Posted at 06:16h, 31 January

    These are so cute! I love them 🙂

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:23h, 31 January

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

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 06:29h, 31 January

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

  • lululu
    Posted at 06:29h, 31 January

    beautiful kids, beautiful treat.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 06:30h, 31 January

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

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 06:33h, 31 January

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

  • Lucy
    Posted at 06:34h, 31 January

    So fun. Thanks for sharing x

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    Posted at 06:37h, 31 January

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

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 06:59h, 31 January

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

  • Rosa
    Posted at 07:00h, 31 January

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

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  • Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 07:28h, 31 January

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

  • Maria
    Posted at 07:41h, 31 January

    What a fun treat for Valentine’s Day!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 07:43h, 31 January

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

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 07:49h, 31 January

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

  • the urban baker
    Posted at 08:03h, 31 January

    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

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 10:17h, 31 January

    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

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 10:28h, 31 January

    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!

  • Vivienne
    Posted at 10:28h, 31 January

    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.

  • naomi
    Posted at 10:49h, 31 January

    Love these! A great sweet fun with fruit!

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}
    Posted at 12:06h, 31 January

    fun and delicious, everything is wonderful dipped in chocolate 🙂

  • Cathy/ShowFoodChef
    Posted at 12:21h, 31 January

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:08h, 31 January

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

  • Xiaolu
    Posted at 14:56h, 31 January

    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 ;).

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:08h, 31 January

      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.

  • peachkins
    Posted at 15:25h, 31 January

    I love choco-dipped anything!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Posted at 17:19h, 31 January

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:07h, 31 January

      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!

  • Sara
    Posted at 18:11h, 31 January

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

  • Molly Chester
    Posted at 18:51h, 31 January

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

  • Daydreamer Desserts
    Posted at 19:04h, 31 January

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

  • Allison [Haute Box]
    Posted at 19:43h, 31 January

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

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 20:04h, 31 January

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:06h, 01 February

      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!

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 21:46h, 31 January

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

  • Mariko
    Posted at 00:52h, 01 February

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

  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:58h, 01 February

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

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 05:20h, 01 February

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:10h, 01 February

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

  • Joanne
    Posted at 07:39h, 01 February

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

  • Heavenly Housewife
    Posted at 08:54h, 01 February

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

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    Posted at 09:42h, 01 February

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

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    Posted at 12:33h, 01 February

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

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 12:53h, 01 February

    Oh, lovely.

  • Anna Johnston
    Posted at 12:54h, 01 February

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

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 13:22h, 01 February

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

  • Jesyka
    Posted at 14:01h, 01 February

    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!

  • FOODESSA
    Posted at 16:52h, 01 February

    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

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    Posted at 22:10h, 01 February

    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!

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners
    Posted at 22:37h, 01 February

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

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:59h, 02 February

      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!

  • grace
    Posted at 22:57h, 01 February

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:00h, 02 February

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

  • Amy
    Posted at 04:53h, 02 February

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

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 05:45h, 02 February

    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.

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:24h, 03 February

      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!

  • Faith
    Posted at 06:38h, 02 February

    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!

  • CookiePie
    Posted at 12:58h, 02 February

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

  • zerrin
    Posted at 13:28h, 02 February

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

  • Aggie
    Posted at 16:46h, 02 February

    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!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:21h, 03 February

      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 🙂

  • Jennifer (Savor)
    Posted at 07:18h, 03 February

    Awesome and darn tasty!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 08:21h, 03 February

    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.

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:14h, 03 February

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

  • Shaina
    Posted at 09:00h, 03 February

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

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    Posted at 06:07h, 04 February

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

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    Posted at 12:04h, 04 February

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

  • Courtney
    Posted at 08:06h, 05 February

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

  • rebecca
    Posted at 20:38h, 06 February

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

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  • Rossella
    Posted at 05:16h, 09 February

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

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 12:39h, 11 February

    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:
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    Thanks for sharing them. Have a great weekend!

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  • Kelly Lester (EasyLunchboxes)
    Posted at 14:01h, 25 January

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

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:43h, 26 January

      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!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 20:30h, 25 January

    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!

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:41h, 26 January

      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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      I hope you get to do that Irene 🙂

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

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