Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons (&Food Holidays)

Here’s a belated shout-out to Sept 9th,  national “I love food” day! (Yes, It’s actually a holiday!):

I recently discovered Foodimentary, an outstanding blog that celebrates food holidays, which is the most addicting website ever. I spent about 45 minutes looking up which food holidays fell on monumental days like Halloween (national caramel apple day) and my birthday (national raspberry popover, raspberry tart, and chocolate custard day). But out of all of the wonderful food holidays, my favorite is certainly national “I love food” day because I love food, or at least desserts! So in celebration,  I made these delicious chocolate-covered coconut macaroons that are to-die-for! They are the best of a chewy cookie and ice-cream-like chocolate coating. This dessert looks absolutely beautiful, especially when you play with the chocolate flavors and designs! (Plus, check out the note below for a super fast and easy way to amaze your guests without spending hours in the kitchen!) Enjoy!!!

Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

**NOTE: These macaroons can easily be made  as a semi-homeade version! Just use bakery/store-bought macaroons, melt some chocolate chips, dip and voila! Possibly the quickest, most delicious dessert ever!

Chocolate Covered Honeycomb

Hi, everyone! I apologize for the lack of recent posts, but this week was my first full week back at school–oh, the horror! Fortunately I had saved some recipes so that I could quickly post them during the school year, for between my full course load and extracurriculars, I must  force myself not to bake! (Although, I did bake my famous Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies for the first day of school, which were undoubtably appreciated by tired brains mourning a relaxing summer.) I’ve recently become very interested in making candy because it’s very similar to a chemical lab in science class. I made these chocolate-covered honeycombs, my fastest recipe yet, which turned out crunchy and delicious! I had never eaten honeycomb before, but being one of my mom’s favorite candies, they most definitely lived past her expectations; the honeycomb was light, sweet, and airy. And of course, how could anything dipped in chocolate go wrong? Enjoy!

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Honeycomb

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Chocolate covered strawberries are my go-to dessert for a super simple, delicious, and somewhat healthy treat! I love making these sweet snacks because there’s so much flexibility; you can be creative by using different chocolates, designs, and toppings! Have fun decorating!

Recipe: Melt chocolate of choice (I use chocolate chips, but anything would work) in a heatproof bowl. Thickly spread chocolate onto strawberries. Place chocolate covered strawberries in fridge to harden slightly (about 5 min). Melt second chocolate of choice and scoop into pastry bag. Take out chilled strawberries and decorate them as desired.

***NOTE: Try chocolate-dipping all of your favorite fruits! Also try making chocolate covered graham crackers, cookies, marshmallows, or any other fun treats!

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

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Looking for a guilt-free treat? These chocolate covered frozen bananas are perfect for a  quick afternoon snack and taste exactly like a creamy ice cream sundae!

**NOTE: You can top the bananas with coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc…

Recipe:

Melt chocolate chips. While the chocolate cools, place the banana in refrigerator/freezer until slightly chilled and firm. Slice the banana and thickly cover each slice with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle the chocolate covered bananas with your choice of topping, and  place them in the  freezer for about 10-20 min. Enjoy!

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