Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Happy Friday!! Last weekend Kevin and I went to our sweet friends’ super fun Christmas party. They went all out with amazing treats, a low-country boil, and even Santa himself was there! The host loves chocolate covered strawberries, so I brought a fun Christmas version to share for the occasion. Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite too!! :)

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

To make them easier to dip, I stuck toothpicks in the top of the strawberry (through the green part). Once the chocolate dried, I took the toothpick out and you could never tell it was even there.

Even if you only use it one time a year, this is a MUST for dipping chocolate!!

Don’t you love this time of year when you have extra chocolate to dip everything in? :D I got this Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot a few years ago and it has been a lifesaver!! I only use it once a year at Christmas, but it is 100% worth it. It melts the chocolate super fast, and keeps it the perfect temperature for dipping so you don’t have to keep stirring and reheating. You can find it at Walmart on the cake decorating aisle, or here is a link to it on Amazon.

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

I used Kroger-brand Candy Coating (or Bark Coating) for the chocolate because I love how dark the chocolate is and I think it tastes the best out of all the other brands I’ve tried. Seriously do not leave me alone with a spoon and the leftover melted chocolate.

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

I dipped the white ones in Kroger brand candy coating as well, then rolled them in Christmas sprinkles from Target. For the drizzle, I put the leftover melted white chocolate in a Ziploc bag and cut a tiny tip off the end. This was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was imagining floods of chocolate goop going everywhere.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Apples with crushed Reese's Cups and Butterfingers

The next night we made Kevin’s favorite treat — Caramel Apples! :) We found caramel apple sticks at Kroger, stuck them into the stem-side, and then dipped them in this homemade salted caramel sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge (on a baking sheet lined with wax paper) to harder for just a few minutes, then dunked them in  Kroger chocolate candy coating  and quickly rolled one in crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the other in crushed Butterfingers Cups. (I used the unwrapped mini versions that come in a bag.) Another thing I like about this chocolate is that it sets really fast and dries to a nice smooth finish.

All the caramel apples I’ve ever had have been with granny smith apples (like the one up front here), but we made a second one (seen in the back) with a honeycrisp apple and it was my favorite!! :)

Just 6 more days until Christmas! :) What’s your favorite thing to dip in chocolate?? :)

Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!


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New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

Sharing a fun twist on the classic Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls with Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze today! These fun mini ham & cheese rolls are SO good!!

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Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

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Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Last week I hosted our annual Christmas Party and cookie swap with with a fun group of local bloggers I get together with once a month. To balance out all the sweets from our cookie swap, I thought it would be fun to have a few Christmas-themed appetizers for us to snack on before the cookie overload. :)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Here’s what all I made for our group. This bar opens up to the living room. You can see how this room was decorated for the party in our Holiday Home Tour post. :)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

First up is Mini Caprese Bites! Cut grape tomatoes in half and layer with basil and mozzarella pearls on a toothpick. Then drizzle with DeLallo Balsamic Glaze and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and kosher salt. (Idea from here.)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Next I made a fun Fruit & Cheese Christmas Tree!  Arrange cubes of pepper jack, cheddar, mozzarella, and colby jack cheese with red and green grapes to form a tree. Then tuck fresh thyme sprigs between the layers. A slice of celery is the finishing touch for a perfect tree trunk.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

How cute are these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Penguins??! Dip first in chocolate, let harden, then lay the front in white chocolate, and let harden. Use edible markers to draw on face.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I also made Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa. It was a HUGE hit! (I left out the bourbon.)

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

What would a Christmas party be without Raspberry Mint Christmas Christmas Spa Water??! :) Layer ice with raspberry and mint, fill with water and let infuse for at least 30 minutes.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

The ice easily lasted the entire 3-hour party without melting. So good!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

In addition to the cookies we swapped, everyone brought one dozen cookies on a plate to sample during the party.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I made my Gooey Salted Caramel Vanilla Butter Cookies.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Stephanie from Plain Chicken brought these fun Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies.

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Lynda from Southern Kissed brought these fabulous Peppermint Sugar Cookies!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

And my friend Wanda brought Charlie Brown Cookies. Have you heard of Charlie Brown Cookies? I don’t know what was in them, but they were delicious!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Everyone brought their cookies to swap in such cute packaging!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

I also set up the Hot Chocolate Bar for us again this year!

Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

This year there was a new addition to the hot chocolate bar… Marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and covered with crushed peppermint! The perfect stirring stick for hot chocolate. :)

Be sure to check out our Hot Chocolate Bar post for all the pictures of the hot chocolate bar — and last year’s cookie swap photos! :)

Thanks so much for looking!! Are you hosting or attending any holiday parties this year? What’s your favorite thing to bring to parties?


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