Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites

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Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my love for chocolate-covered fruit. There is just something so darn delicious about fresh fruit covered in a really good chocolate that makes people happy. Today, I’m in the business of making people happy! But we’re taking it up a notch, making the most scrumptious homemade chocolate truffle fruit bites, coating them in all kinds of goodness like coconut and sea salt and we’re snacking until our taste buds are really super happy. These yummy chocolatey bites make the perfect late summer dessert. You don’t have to spend too long in a hot kitchen, they’re made with my favorite chocolate truffle bars from Seattle Chocolates, they’re a breeze to make in advance, and ideal for serving up at a backyard barbecue. Need more convincing? Yeah. I didn’t think so.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

When I was thinking about making these fruit bites, I was definitely inspired by the chocolate flavors themselves. The Total Toffee is a super sophisticated take on a toffee bar, it’s sweet and decadent and just so so good. (What is it about toffee that is so amazing anyway?) The Dark Chocolate is an absolute classic. Rich, smooth and definitely my perennial go-to favorite. On the other hand, the Coconut Macroon packs a bunch with real coconut and sea salt, giving it a slightly tropical flavor profile that I totally love. I am definitely not disappointed that I have a whole stash of chocolate truffle bars left over around the house!

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

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  • Seattle Chocolates Chocolate Truffle Bars in your choice of flavors (I used the Total Toffee, Peanut Praline, Dark Chocolate and Coconut Macaroon bars and could never possibly pick a favorite)
  • Assorted fresh fruit (like bananas, apples, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, apricots etc.)
  • Coconut oil
  • Assorted toppings and garnishes (such as coconut, sea salt, toffee bits, peanuts, etc.)
  • Parchment paper

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

We get this party started by rough chopping the chocolate. (I love the Seattle Chocolates truffle bars for this, because they elevate the flavor profile way beyond the basic chocolate-dipped strawberry.) For every 1 cup of chopped chocolate (approximately two truffle bars) you’ll need 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Place both in a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler and melt slowly, stirring often. The coconut oil helps the chocolate smooth out and create the perfect chocolate dip for your fruit. While your chocolate is melting, prep the fruit! Give everything a good washing and pat dry, then slice up your apples and chunk up your bananas to the desired size.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

When the chocolate is melted, carefully dunk each piece of fruit individually then transfer it to parchment paper to cool. Once they’re cooled slightly, it’s time to top! I played off of the flavors of the Seattle Chocolates truffle bars with my garnishes and used things like coconut and coarse ground sea salt, but you can switch things up however you like. Bits of toffee, chopped peanuts, you name it! Transfer the fruit to the fridge and serve chilled.

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Fruit Bites by @cydconverse

These bites will stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of days, especially if you give the apples a splash of lemon juice before dipping to keep them from going brown. You can prep in advance if you want to serve them up to guests or at a party. All of that noted, it’s also totally ok to eat them immediately and not share with anyone at all, because they’re really delicious and you deserve a little treat! For more chocolate-inspired ideas and recipes, be sure to follow Seattle Chocolates on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook because they make really yummy chocolate.

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DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

If you’ve started to notice that I have a thing for DIY mugs (as previously evidenced here, here and here), well, you’d be right. Hopefully you’re into mugs, too, because I have a few more tutorials up my sleeve in the coming months, although I promise not to inundate you all at once. And if you’re looking for a super quick and easy project, today is your day! This might be one of the easiest DIY ideas I’ve shared yet. We’re talking a bold, colorful abstract brushstroke mug that is fun, modern and totally dishwasher safe. We’re checking all the boxes today, friends!

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

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DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

Be sure to start with a clean, dry mug. You’ll also want to review all of the manufacturer’s information about your particular paint and the requisite baking/curing times before getting started. Then the process is super simple! Using a clean craft brush, start with one of the outermost stripes. Simply dip your brush into the paint, wipe off an excess, and drag it along your mug to create a stripe. Next I did the other outermost stripe, before following up with the third stripe in the middle. If you use a different brush for each color (versus cleaning between colors and using only one brush), you’ll be able to go back through and clean up your stripes a bit. You can keep reworking the paint until it starts to set up – once it starts to get a little thicker, you’ll want to stop fussing with it at that point. Don’t use too much paint as it will drip, but also don’t fret too much if the colors meld a bit. I think it looks prettier that way! When you’re done, allow the paint to dry (typically porcelain paints require 24 hours of drying time) and then cure in the oven as prescribed by the manufacturer. Then you’re all done! And, yes, these bad boys are dishwasher safe.

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

As tends to be my M.O., I was all about the bright, bold colors here, but keep in mind that porcelain paint comes in loads of different shades so you can customize your mugs however you like. I think they’d make really cute shower favors, bridesmaids gifts or even a cute back to school gift for your little one’s teacher. (Just don’t forget to include a bag of their favorite coffee or tea!) Feel like making some mugs or feeling otherwise crafty? I’d love to take a peek! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram so I can see!

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug by @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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5 Yummy Watermelon Recipes + Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your week has been great. While you’re reading this, we’re mid-way through our long weekend camping and already dreading heading back to reality come Sunday evening. Seriously, there is just nothing that makes me happier than slowing down, boating by day and sitting by the campfire by night. It’s how I relax the best. Not to leave you hanging, I’ve rounded up five of summer’s yummiest watermelon recipes and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend! I’ll catch you here on Monday! xoxo

5 Yummy Watermelon Recipes from @cydconverse

[Spiked Watermelon Popsicles | Watermelon Ginger Sparklers | Watermelon Coconut Creme | Spicy Grilled Watermelon | Watermelon Cantaloupe Lemonade.]

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10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas from @cydconverseThis morning we are packing up and heading out for our big annual camping trip. I honestly can’t even believe that we’re at this point in the summer already! With Labor Day being a bit late this year, our trip is actually a week later than usual, too, making this next week the last week of summer vacation in our neck of the woods. Last year I collected a whole bunch of fun back to school ideas to share with you, and that post was a bit of an unexpected runaway hit. Who knew?! So, obviously, I’m back at it, with some of the cutest DIY ideas to celebrate the start of the school year.

Click through for 10 awesome back to school ideas! Need even more ideas? Check out last year’s round-up, too!

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DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

With the arrival of our little bebe seemingly right around the corner, I’ve decided it’s probably time for me to speed up my thought process with regards to preparing a nursery and just preparing in general. Because I know this little nugget will be the baby of the family, I’m trying to be really careful about buying too much or acquiring too much stuff, just to phase out of it super quickly and have it go to waste. All of that said, I can’t resist getting my hands a little paint-covered for essentially all of life’s occasions, so a baby is no different. One of my oldest friends is due with her fourth (and final) baby within just a few days of me, so while neither one of us wants to load up on excessive stuff, I thought making a pretty yet practical polka dot swaddle blanket or two might just be in order.

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

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  • Plain white muslin swaddle blankets (I used these ones)
  • Craft paints in 3-4 assorted colors
  • Potatoes and carrots (yes, vegetables)
  • Paring knife

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

This is such an easy project and would make an amazing shower gift even if you’re not expecting a little one yourself! We’re talking simple white muslin swaddle blankets, your favorite colors of paint (basic craft paint will do the job), potatoes and carrots. Yes, we’re raiding the veggie bin and going old school with a little potato stamp action today, friends! To get started, wash and dry your swaddle blankets per the care instructions. I went with these bamboo and cotton swaddles, which are super soft and lovely. Squirt a bit of each paint onto some kind of paint palette. I used a paper plate because that’s how fancy I am. Carefully mix a little bit of water in with each color just to thin the paint slightly. Then it’s time to start stamping!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

I washed, patted dried and chunked up several different sizes of potato and carrot with my paring knife, intentionally wanting to create little stamps of different diameters to get a bit of variety in my polka dots. What’s so awesome about stamping with veggies? Well, they are super inexpensive for one (so no need to invest in expensive craft supplies if you’re just making a blanket as a gift but aren’t a huge crafter) and, for two, the natural shape lends itself to creating perfectly imperfect polka dots. Once your veggies are cut up, make sure your blanket is spread out flat on a protected work surface (the paint might bleed through a bit) and then it’s just a simple process of dipping into the paint, dabbing off the excess and stamping polka dots all over!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

Once you have a distribution of polka dots that makes you happy, you’re done! Hang your blanket to dry (for a few hours at least) and it’s ready to use. The craft paint works great on fabric, but may feel a bit stiff in areas with more paint coverage. To help remedy that, use less paint while you’re stamping. I prefer the softer, slightly weathered look that gives anyway, but it’s up to you. For gift giving, I’d roll up the blanket and tie it with a pretty ribbon. You can customize it to the colors of the new baby’s nursery or just pick colors you love. Either way, these are really easy to make and really really cute! (Also, holy crap I’m having a baby in t-minus ten weeks or so. Eeek!)

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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