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T his linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month!     WELCOME to the August 2022  " You're the Star " Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog: Keep cool during these last few weeks of summer with my delicious 3-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream ! ___________________________ WELCOME to  HOME feature week of the August 2022  " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your HOME week Hosts   This week is HOME feature week Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs: Bev from Eclectic Red Barn Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady Niki from Life as a LEO Wife This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.   The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ladybugs

Sweet, ripe strawberries are transformed into the most adorable ladybugs, for a super fun dessert. The perfect addition to any summer party platter, Valentine's Day, or a Mother's Day brunch!

As the weather slowly begins to warm up, I am dreaming of lazy summer days, out in the sun, enjoying platters of fresh fruit. One of my summer favourites is sweet fresh strawberries. Every year as soon as the strawberry farms open, the kids and I grab our baskets and go pick a wonderful bounty of berries. There's nothing better than snacking on sweet juicy, ripe strawberries; except maybe strawberries dipped in chocolate.

With Mother's Day coming up, I thought this would be a great treat to make for Mom. It is simple enough for the "littles" to help and they are sure to bring a smile to Mom's face. With the use of 4 ingredients, you can make this super cute and yummy dessert.

How do I make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ladybugs?

First begin my washing your berries. This is best done right before using them. Make sure they are nice and dry, by wiping them with a paper towel. 

Once the berries are dry, it's time to remove the stems, by cutting them off, using a sharp knife. Once all stems have been removed, cut the strawberries in half, from pointy tip, to round end. Place berries flat side down and cut a little "V" in the larger end.

Once the bodies have been cut, it is time to melt your chocolate. I usually do this by putting my chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, and heating it in the microwave, in 30 second intervals. Once chocolate is melted and smooth, dip the pointy end of each berry half and place flat side down onto parchment paper.

Pour remaining melted chocolate into a zip top bag, or piping bag fitted with a small circular tip. Trace the wings, by drawing a line of chocolate straight down the center, to the point of the "V". Then pipe chocolate along the edge of each wing. Pipe small dots onto the wings of the lady bugs. Let chocolate set completely.

Use a few dabs of chocolate to glue on the candy covered chocolate chips. Melt your red chocolate by following the same method as above and place the red chocolate in a second zip top bag. Snip a small hole in one corner, and pipe smiles below the lady bug eyes. Let smiles set completely before serving.

Isn't it so simple? Please feel free to sub in some small candy eyes, rather than the candy coated chocolate chips. That is what I had on hand, so that is what I used. You could also add antennae if desired, by using chocolate jimmies, or even black licorice string cut to small pieces. 

I first made these for my daughter's 6th birthday party and they have been a hit ever since. I don't think I've met anyone who hasn't smiled at the sight of these!

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Equipment needed for this recipe

  • cutting board
  • sharp pairing knife
  • microwavable bowls
  • zip top bags, or piping bags (2)
  • parchment paper
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ladybugs

15-20 large fresh strawberries
1 C dark chocolate wafers
1/4 C red chocolate wafers
30 to 40 candy covered chocolate chips

 Cut berries in half and cut a small triangle in the larger end.

Melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl, until melted; stirring every 30 seconds. Dip pointed tips of each strawberry half and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Pour remaining melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag, or zip top bag. Snip a tiny piece from the corner and pipe chocolate lines in the centre of each berry, and along the edges, to create wings. Pipe tiny dots onto the wing portion of the strawberry, and two dots of chocolate onto the heads. Using the candy covered chocolate chips, create eyes.

Microwave red chocolate melts, until melted; stirring every 30 seconds. Place melted chocolate into a zip top sandwich bag, and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe smiles onto your lady bugs. Let set completely before serving.

I'm sharing this recipe with these linky parties

Comments

  1. Well aren't these cute! And yummy - strawberry chocolate combo are one my favorites!!

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  2. You can't go wrong with chocolate & strawberries, plus they're adorable!

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  3. I am definitely making these chocolate covered lady bugs with my daughter! This is going to be such a fun activity for us.

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  4. These are so stinkin' cute! My son just got a bag of ladybugs for the garden and strawberries are his favorite fruit. Guess what we will be making this weekend?!? Yay!

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  5. This is so creative, Cindy! I can't wait to get my beautiful organic strawberries at the allotment to make some ladybugs!

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  6. So cute. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos blog party.

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