Kitchen Creation: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Earlier this week I told you about our trip to Hollin Farms to pick strawberries. Never one to pass up an opportunity to try something new, I decided to try my hand at one of my favorite treats to eat: chocolate covered strawberries! I picked up a few supplies at Whole Foods including this amazing white chocolate:

Guittard Vanilla Milk Chips

Most of the recipes I saw mentioned a slow melt in the microwave, so I decided to try that method. I put 3/4 of the bag into the microwave and mixed it after each 20 second interval. The chips slowly began to melt into a bowl of delicious chocolate white chocolate perfect for dipping:

Start
Starting to melt at 20 seconds
40 seconds in
All melted

Once the chocolates were all melted, I mixed in the final 1/4 of the bag to bring the temperature of the chocolate down slightly. This ensured the strawberries had a nice shiny finish. Since this weekend was Memorial Day, and we were attending a BBQ at a friends house, I decided to decorate some for the occasion by dipping them in decorating sugar:

Decorating Sugars
Decorating station
Each strawberry gets a dip
Post Sugar Patriotic Strawberries
Red White and Blue

I repeated the process with milk chocolate as well, and even took a turn trying to alternate chocolate drizzles on the berries. The end result were delicious and a fun addition to a group BBQ. Simply place the strawberries in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set and then take them to your party in your container of choice!

Finished Product!

Even if you don’t have a strawberry farm nearby, you can certainly try this kitchen creation at home.

From my home to yours,

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Kitchen Creation: Unicorn Drinks

By now you’ve probably seen a few (dozen) pictures of people drinking a few sips of the new unicorn drink from Starbucks. You’ve also probably heard that it doesn’t taste *great* and people are throwing them away after taking a sip or two. I see no reason to waste money on something with such poor reviews, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like a pretty drink in my cup.

So what is a girl to do? Make her own healthy version!

Healthy Unicorn Smoothie

Makes: 1 Smoothie

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  2. 1 cup milk of choice (I used Almond but this should work with any milk!)
  3. 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  4. half a ripe banana
  5. 1 tablespoon each freeze dried blueberries and raspberries

 

  • Place raspberries in a coffee grinder or small food processor. Pulse until you have a beautiful bright powder:

 

  • Repeat with blueberries:

 

  • Load your smoothie ingredients in the blender:

 

  • Blend and pour half of your bright and beautiful smoothie into a glass. Sprinkle your blueberry and raspberry dust on top of your first smoothie layer:

 

  • Top with the rest of your smoothie, put in a straw and enjoy your healthy, sweet and beautiful unicorn drink. It might not be as magical as what you can buy at the store, but wouldn’t you rather actually enjoy the drink?

 

Cheers!

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