• Ashley McGuirk

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Turtle Dates

Updated: Feb 6

Photo Credit Thanks to @sallysbakeblog

Alright guys, this recipe seriously brings me back. Back to my childhood memories of visiting a candy story. As a child (heck, even as an adult) do you remember the rush of excitement you felt when entering a candy store? The rows of colorful candies, the rich smell of fresh chocolates, the variety of sweet treats at your fingertips? It was an experience in itself and this recipe is bringing back all those excited feelings. These Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Turtles Dates taste so similar to the ones I use to beg my parents for at Bomboy’s Chocolates in Havre de Grace, MD. The soft chewy date tastes exactly like a sweet caramel center. Then you pair that with the rich bitter flavor of dark chocolate + sea salt and it brings it all the way home. Oh, and let’s not forget the health benefits from these little turtles. It may not taste like it, but these babies are packed with superfood goodness. Naturally sweetened by the date itself, you’re feeding your body all sorts of antioxidants and fiber. Dates also have a low glycemic impact which are great for those who need to balance their blood sugar. Not only that, but these are super easy to make and can be ready in less than 10 minutes! I make them as my quick fix dessert if I’m craving chocolate after dinner.



Photo Credit Thanks to @sallysbakeblog


Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Turtle Dates

Ingredients:

8-10 pitted dates

16-20 raw pecan halves

½ bar of 72% (or more) dark chocolate- I used @Theo 85% dark chocolate

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

optional: 2 teaspoons shredded coconut flakes


Directions:

Step 1

Line a small plate with parchment paper and set aside. Take each date and make sure to remove the pit (if not already pitted).

Step 2

Next, take 2 pecan halves and stuff them in the middle of one date. Smoosh each side of the date closing up the gap and molding around both pecan halves until the pecans are nice and secure within the date. Repeat until each date is stuffed with at least 2 pecan halves. Set pecan stuffed dates aside on the plate with parchment paper.

Step 3

To make chocolate coating, begin breaking up the ½ bar of dark chocolate into small pieces and place into a small glass jar/ bowl. Add coconut oil to the broken-up chocolate bar and melt in microwave for 30 second intervals. Stir each time 30 seconds ends until chocolate is all the way melted.

Step 4

Using a small spoon, immediately begin to drizzle melted chocolate over each date until fully coated. After all the chocolate is used, sprinkle with sea salt and (optional) coconut. Chill in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!


Photo Credit Thanks to @sallysbakeblog


A big thank you to @sallysbakeblog for coaching me on how to take beautiful photos like the ones on this post! Thank you Sally!


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until next time,

Stay Sweet.


-Ashley