Recipe: Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries feat

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries via @poorandpretty

We’re getting into the homestretch of Valentine’s Day, so I’m breaking out a classic with a bit of a twist. Not only are these strawberries covered in chocolate, I also added caramel and sea salt into the equation. Oh yeah; they’re incredible. And easy to make even if you don’t have a double boiler or fondue-maker (I have neither).

Chocolate Caramel Covered Strawberries Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1lb of strawberries
  • 1 cup of chopped melting chocolate or chocolate chips — I used half Godiva melting chips and half mini chocolate chips.
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce – I bought mine from Hillhome Country Products at a local event.
  • course sea salt
  • small pot and heat-safe glass (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) or double boiler or fondue maker
  • large dish or baking sheet
  • wax paper

Strawberries Drying via @poorandpretty

1. Wash strawberries, then lay them out on a few paper towels to dry for a few minutes. Chocolate doesn’t stick very well to wet strawberries.

DIY Double Boiler via @poorandpretty

2. Fill a small pot with about an inch and a half of water, then insert your heat-safe glass, making sure not to get any water inside the glass. This will serve as your DIY double-boiler. Place this on a burner and turn it to medium-low heat.

Melting Chocolate via @poorandpretty

3. Add your chocolate to the glass and stir it occasionally as it melts.

4. To make caramel and chocolate dipped strawberries, you’ll want to dip them in your caramel sauce first (it may need to be microwaved), then sprinkle them with your course sea salt (optional but oh-so-good), then freeze them for 20-30 minutes before dipping them in chocolate. If you go from caramel sauce right to chocolate, it gets a little messy.

Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate via @poorandpretty

5. Once the chocolate is completely melted (check that there are no lumps), go ahead and dip in a strawberry! I just used my hand here, but after a while, I found that the strawberries would get too heavy once they were dipped, so I started sticking them on a fork before I dipped them.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry on Wax Paper via @poorandpretty

6. Place your dipped strawberries on a baking sheet or large dish covered with wax paper to let harden. Optional: drizzle with caramel sauce.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

7. Enjoy immediately or stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few days.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries 2 via @poorandpretty

… Ours didn’t last very long. ;)

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Fan Mail: Caitie’s sea salt hair spray customizations

Remember the sea salt hair spray tutorial I posted a few weeks ago? New reader Caitie sent me a super sweet e-mail yesterday about the customizations she made to the spray, so I’m thrilled to share them with you! Here’s what Caitie had to say:

My hair is on the slightly thinner/average end of the spectrum, so it needed some help. I added a little more salt and opted for lavender oil for a scent, twisted it up for the first 15 minutes or so of drying.

Wears well after a top down drive into the office. :) Nice option to the smooth bob look!

Above is Caitie wearing the smooth bob look {left}, and how her hair looked after using the sea salt hair spray {right}. Doesn’t she have a ridiculously sweet smile?

I always love getting feedback from my readers, so if you ever try any of my recipes, please let me know! You could appear here, too. :)

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4 Scrubs I Lub

Okay, lame headline again. Sorry! This is a cross-post from the Jennie Fresa Beauty Library blog. In light of my recent sunburn acquisition, I was in sore need of an exfoliation today. Here are a few of my favorites — found across the web — that are super easy to make at home. My focus for the Jennie Fresa post was on scrubs for feet, but you can use these for your body, too:

1. Gimme Some Suga, Scrub! from Poor & Pretty — you may remember my sugar scrub diy from last February. This sugar scrub is very easy to make and only requires two ingredients: raw cane sugar and a carrier oil {I prefer jojoba or safflower oil}. You can also add in Vitamin E oil for extra smoothness, but that’s entirely optional. Read the full instructions here. Image below.

2. Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant from Spa Index — this is another super simple one, and you can find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store if you don’t already have them in your home. You just need strawberries, olive oil {or apricot oil, if you have it}, and coarse salt {Kosher or sea salt}. Read the full instructions here. Spa Index has tons of really great masks, scrubs, and other spa-at-home recipes. See all of them here.

3. DIY Salt Scrub from Everything Fabulous — coarse salt + oil + essential oils {optional, but definitely beneficial}. Easy as pie! Sasha makes this recipe simple, but also gives you tons of ways to customize it. Love! Read the full instructions here.

4. Homemade Foot Scrub from Soap Deli News — Rebecca’s blog always has great tutorials, ranging from categories like beauty, home improvement, organization… I could go on and on. This Homemade Foot Scrub recipe was shared by a guest blogger, and it contains four ingredients, all of which you can find at a grocery store. Read the full instructions here.

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DIY Beachy Sea Salt Hair Spray

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My favorite way of styling my hair used to be straightening it, but now it’s summer and it’s far too hot to be doing that. Plus, now that my hair is shorter {thanks, again, to my friend Ryan Gorey}, it’s easier to just wash it, throw in some product, and let it be naturally wavy. Lately, my favorite product has been my all-natural, homemade, beach-inspired, sea-salt hair spray:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup coconut water {you can find this in the Spanish section of the grocery store}
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 tbs glycerin {you can substitute hair gel}
  • ½ tsp jojoba oil
  • 4-6 drops orange essential oil {optional}
  • 4-6 drops pink grapefruit essential oil {optional}

Directions:

This is super simple. Ready? Just mix everything together! You can microwave the sea salt and water together if you’d like, just to make it dissolve faster, but that’s optional. This contains no preservatives, so I recommend storing it in the fridge, taking a little bit out at a time to store in a small spray container. If you keep it out, unused, for too long, the chunks of coconut in the coconut water will start to get moldy. I’ve kept mine mold-free in the fridge for over a month now!

sea salt hair spray how-to -poor&pretty

Just spray it on when your hair is wet and let it dry naturally! Note: your hair will most likely not be as poofy as mine. I have ludicrously thick hair. I could carpet an entire house with what I have on my head.

….Side note: can you believe I haven’t been to the beach yet? It’s a damn shame!

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