Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day….Spicy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Spicy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
We have a tradition in our house for Valentine’s Day. My hubby always brings me a card and usually red roses! He does vary from time to time…like this year he got me a new I-phone! I know he’ll still bring me flowers…he does that! When my daughter was at home, and my mom was living with us, he would bring them flowers, too!
I have never been one to really get into the gift giving part of Valentines Day! However, I am sentimental, and love getting flowers!
My gift to him has always been baking him something special!  Special dinner, and of course a special dessert!
So when Driscoll’s Berries asked me to create a variation to the Classic Chocolate Covered Strawberry for Valentines Day…I was both excited, and inspired! After all, who doesn’t love chocolate-covered strawberries?  Certainly not my hubby! And they would make a great dessert for our Valentines Day celebration!

These were absolutely luscious!
A little side note…I made a bunch of these to take to my daughter’s house last weekend! My granddaughter was in her school production of “Annie”. My grandkids love both chocolate, and strawberries, I thought these would be a big hit! I placed a plateful of these luscious berries on the table, and let them indulge! A few minutes later…I noticed a pile of chocolate. My grandson, who I thought loved chocolate, was pulling off the chocolate, and eating just the berry…who does that? His sister was quite happy to finish his chocolate!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
And so pretty!
 Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips mixed with chili powder
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I decided to spice up my chocolate strawberries! I mixed about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of chili powder into the melted chocolate…yum! Or you could try some cinnamon. I loved the little bit of bite that was left behind from the chili powder! I sprinkled ground pistachios on half the berries!

Spiced Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries


16 ounces dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter, or coconut oil 
1/8 teaspoon of chili powder or cinnamon (or more to taste)
½ cup ground pistachios
 fresh strawberries with


1. Bring water to a boil in the bottom of a double boiler, keep on low heat and place the chocolate, shortening, and chili powder or cinnamon into the top part. As chocolate starts to melt, stir until smooth.   

2. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Cover halfway up with chocolate.

3.  As you dip the berries, place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Sprinkle on the pistachios, if using. When you have finished dipping, place the strawberries in the fridge to dry.

DisclosureThis post was sponsored by Driscoll’s Berries however, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  I like, and use Driscoll berries because they are always fresh looking, and tastier than other berries that I find at my local supermarket.


  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Kathy. Those chocolates are gorgeous and look so pretty in that heart shaped bowl.

  2. How creative, Kathy:) I just pinned this to the Color the Holidays Red board which I believe is sponsored by Driscoll:)

    As much as I would love to sink my teeth into these luscious looking berries, I can't help smiling to myself about the story. How cute:) Actually, Noah isn't as interested in chocolate as much as Tabi but yes indeed, they both LOVE strawberries! I bet your grand-daughter was thrilled to have this waiting for her after her Annie production:)

    Of course, hubby was probably quite pleased and you having a new I-Phone, Yippee! It took me so long to break down and finally get one and now, I LOVE it!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...I hope you "guys" avoid the next storm. I think we will but I'm not sure about Jersey and New York...

  3. Just beautiful!! I love this strawberries Kathy!!!!
    Happy Valentine's day dear!!

  4. ¡Ay carumba! These look womderful, and I bet the sweetness of the berries is perfect with the chile!

  5. Beautiful strawberries! This is a perfect Valentine gift.... Love the presentation!

  6. You have a very thoughtful hubby - and he has a very thoughtful wife. These strawberries are just gorgeous.

  7. Love chocolate dipped strawberries--will have to try them spiced!