Break the chocolate into pieces or roughly chop it.
Add the chocolate to a large microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 20 seconds, then stir.
Continue to cook the chocolate on high at 20 second increments, stirring after each time, until the chocolate is melted.
Remove the pits from the dates (or if using pitted dates, check to make sure no pits have snuck through the pitting process).
Add the dates to the bowl of melted chocolate and stir until the dates are well coated.
Use two forks to lift the dates, one at a time, out of the melted chocolate and allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
Place the dates on a piece of parchment paper on a plate, then sprinkle optional toppings if desired.
Chill the dates in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the chocolate coating to dry and harden.
Serve immediately or store the chocolate covered dates in the fridge for up to a week.