A Heathy[er] Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box

chocolate covered fruit valentine's day box

Just when we were all getting into the swing of a healthy new year, Valentine’s Day sneaks in, tempting us with cream filled chocolates and decadent desserts. I wanted to treat Phil and I to something special for our sweet tooth(s), but not with anything that would totally undo our recent healthy decisions. It didn’t take me long to figure out a solution! Dark chocolate combines perfectly with unsweetened coconut and naturally sweet fruit for a perfect Valentine’s Day treat we can enjoy guilt free!

chocolate covered fruit with coconut

For our chocolate covered fruit box, I selected some of our favorite sweet fruits: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and clementines. Not all of these are in season, so it  was a bit of a splurge for us! Before covering the fruit with melted Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips, I soaked the berries and cherries for ten minutes in a large bowl filled with one part vinegar and 9 parts water. After my clementines were peeled and the other fruit was dry, I laid out wax paper, slowly melted the dark chocolate chips in the microwave (a double boiler would work too), and began dipping my fruit in the chocolate and laying them on wax paper to dry. I added unsweetened shredded coconut to the clementines and raspberries, sprinkling coconut on the wax paper before laying down the chocolate-dipped fruit, and then sprinkling again overtop of the freshly dipped fruit.

This would be a sweet gift give to coworkers, friends, and lovers too! I found a cute heart-shaped box that, when refrigerated, will keep the chocolate covered fruit fresh for a week or so. But knowing us, we won’t let it last that long!

healthy valentine's day dessert

7 Responses

  1. Sam Malone says:

    This sounds amazing! But there’s one small problem… I would end up eating all of the delicious dipped fruit before anyone else got to enjoy them! Haha. I just can’t resist chocolate dipped fruit.

  2. Great idea! I made tons of chocolate covered strawberries for a work party last year, but I never thought of adding on unsweeted coconut or of doing a variety of fruits! Your presentation is so cute too. Putting them in a Valentine’s-esqu box must make it feel like you’re not missing out on the decedent sweets after all!

  3. Chloe Moon says:

    I usually make my boyfriend chocolate covered strawberries each year because it’s so easy to make a double boiler and he loves it so much without it being super fattening! I didn’t think of using orange slices though…Ooo!! =)

  4. charity says:

    yum! i especially want to try the clementines!


  5. These look so delicious.
    This might be a silly question, but why do you soak them in vinegar and water first?

    • Mandi says:

      The vinegar not only gets off all the gross stuff you don’t want to think about that lingers on your fruit after a water rinse, but it also makes your fruit last a little longer in the fridge!

  6. Ashley says:

    What a wonderful idea! My husband did chocolate covered strawberries for dessert last year when he made dinner. I think I’ll one-up him this time and doe a fabulous assortment like you have here. And love the idea of the coconut!