Are you ready for Valentines? A Hallmark Holiday that brings sweets like candy and chocolate into our homes and classrooms. Want something fresh to serve this Valentines? Start with the colors of fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, pears, or any fruit – and just add chocolate.
Lots of people think of chocolate dipped strawberries this time of year. A lighter choice is to DRIZZLE versus DIP fruit in chocolate.
Or even sprinkle with chocolate chips and enjoy with a spoon.
DRIZZLE as best you can. Let the kids help cut, assemble and then drizzle melted chocolate. We find that using a fork dipped in melted chocolate and drizzled on top of fruit works best, allowing for ‘lines’ of chocolate rather than globs. The fruit cups pictured below were drizzled by kids…
A very tasty & sweet treat!
Now, do you have any left over strawberries and melted chocolate? Make some Valentine Crackers!
Cut a strawberry into a heart and slice off one side to leave you with a flat side. Dip that side into the melted chocolate and place on a graham cracker square. Let it cool. Makes a perfect Valentine to pack, once the chocolate hardens!
- 1/2 cup chocolate* (semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar)
- 1 Pear
- 6 Strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or raisins
- Melt chocolate over low-med heat in a sauce pan. (takes less than 5 minutes, so keep an eye on it.)
- Cut up pears and strawberries into small bite size pieces.
- Assemble the variety of fruit into a muffin liner (silicone or paper.)
- Top with dried fruit, coconut, or nuts, etc.
- Drizzle melted chocolate with a fork or spatula tip on top of fruit.
- Store in refrigerator, covered, until time to serve.
- Makes a great sweet treat for a classroom party or as an afterschool snack!
- *The higher percent of Cacao (dark chocolate) you get, the more nutritional the chocolate is for you. Since you serve the chocolate on top of sweet fruit, try a darker chocolate. Your kids probably won't even notice the difference.