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A berry happy Valentine’s

February is here, and love is in the air. Although the excitement of young love can be exhilarating, sometimes buying a box of chocolates and a card can seem a bit cliché. It might be time to satisfy that sweet tooth and significant other with something more creative and personal. But whether it’s for a friend, roommate or special someone, it never hurts to spread the love with sugary goodness.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a perfect way to show someone some love this year. Not only are they unique and easily personalized, they also are very simple, even to make in the dorms.

They can easily be gluten-free or even sugar-free. For sugar-free chocolate covered strawberries, simply use sugar-free chocolate. A perfect choice can be found in the candy aisle at Walmart, called the Hershey’s sugar-free, special dark, mildly sweet chocolates. This recipe is accessible to students living on campus with only a micro-fridge.


Begin by placing the strawberries in the freezer for five to 10 minutes so they are chilled.

Next, break the chocolate up into small pieces and place them in a mug. Microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth. Between each interval, stir the chocolate so it is evenly melted.

Then, take the chilled strawberries out of the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate, covering the strawberry’s surface as desired.

Here comes the creative part. While the chocolate is still hot, dip the strawberries into another topping, like heart-shaped sprinkles or crushed nuts. Some other ideas for toppings include crushed graham crackers, mini chocolate chips or even coconut shavings. Try melting some white chocolate and drizzling it over the milk chocolate covered strawberries. Or just keep it simple and leave them without any toppings, allowing the chocolate to do its own magic.

For hardened chocolate, set the strawberries on wax paper or a plate and let them chill. For speedy results, place the strawberries back in the freezer for five more minutes. Or just use the melted chocolate as a dip and enjoy.

Things to consider:

If the mug is not deep enough to dip the strawberries, use a knife to spread the chocolate on.

Rinse out the mug before the chocolate hardens; it will make cleanup much easier.

This recipe is fun and simple. Feel free to be creative and personal with it; the options are endless.  Remember to have fun and enjoy.