You've likely never thought of dunking these sweet treats in chocolate.
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
Chocolate-covered strawberries have become the go-to Valentine's Day dessert—and for good reason. A sweet, juicy strawberry pairs delightfully with a crunchy coating of rich dark chocolate (and perhaps a handful of sprinkles). But while yes, they're tasty, they're certainly not the only thing that tastes great with a coating of chocolate. Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite chocolate-dipped creations, ranging from other types of fruits (clementines, anyone?) to salty soft pretzels. And if all this talk of sweets has you hankering for more, check out our round-up of mini Valentine's Day desserts.
We tend to divide popsicles into two distinct categories: fruity and refreshing, or fudgy and dense. But why can't we have both? This dessert proves you can do just that, and a diagonal dip makes for a wow-worthy pop. Plus, because the popsicles are already so cold, the chocolate will harden almost instantly once dipped (AKA, immediate gratification).
2. Cookie Sandwiches
What's better than gooey dulce de leche sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies? The entire mouthwatering sammie dipped in melted chocolate. This technique holds true for any cookie-filling pairing (double chocolate cookies with marshmallow fluff, perhaps?), and for ice cream sandwiches, too.
3. Churro Donuts
First of all, this is a genius invention in and of itself—particularly because this donut looks larger than the average churro. Dipping the fried dough in chocolate sends it totally over-the-top, making it perfect for Valentine's Day (or a birthday breakfast in bed). Don't be shy with the cinnamon-sugar coating.
4. Soft Pretzels
We can never say no to a sweet-and-salty treat, particularly when it comes to warm and fluffy pretzels. If you're making these at home, we suggest making mini pretzel bites—they're easier to shape and you'll get more chocolate per bite. Trust us when we say these will be a hit with your Valentine.
How adorable is this sweet snack? Juicy fruit slices, decadent chocolate, and salty, crunchy pistachios combine to create a one-bite indulgence that's perfect for parties. Keep extras in your freezer for late night snacking. Banana and apple slices would both taste great with this treatment, too.
6. Girl Scout Cookies
We all know the non-chocolate Girl Scout Cookies are the worst ones of the bunch. Clearly, the solution is simply to dip them in chocolate. Turn it into a snow day project for the kids, then stash some away so you can snack on them all week.
Forget poaching. We like bringing out pear's sweeter side with a nice quick dip in some rich dark chocolate. Plus, how gorgeous does it look? A sprinkling of Himalayan salt makes every piece sparkle.