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Six chocolate covered dates on a white plate.
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Chocolate Covered Dates

These chocolate covered dates are a simple and delicious finger food dessert for Christmas, New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day.
Prep Time37 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: edible gifts, finger food, gluten free
Servings: 6
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate (100g)
  • 12 medjool dates (or substitute any other type of date)
  • Optional toppings: freshly grated orange zest, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or flake sea salt.

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • To reduce the amount of added sugar in this recipe, choose a variety of dark chocolate that contains a high percentage of cacao solids (the brand I used contains 90% cacao solids).

Nutrition

Serving: 2Dates | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg