Chocolate-Coated ‘Strawberry Coconut Ice’ (Vegan / Dairy-free)

When I was young, I used to love the tins of Quality Street that we shared as a ‘treat’ at Christmas. My eyes lit up every time I opened the lid and saw all those shiny, bright wrappings. Usually people have a Quality Street ‘favourite’ but not me… I loved all of them bar one… and that was the hard toffee penny in the gold wrapper. In fact, I’m wondering whether anyone actually likes those toffees. In my house, they were always the last ones left in the tin.

Quality Street

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My taste buds have changed a lot since I was a kid and now, even the thought of eating a Quality Street chocolate makes me feel queasy. I just don’t like the taste of cane sugar anymore, nor the nauseating feeling it leaves me with for hours after I’ve eaten it. However, as you’ll have seen on my blog, I do still love chocolates A LOT. It’s just that these days, I prefer to make my own and fill them with ingredients that make me (and everyone else) feel great.

Strawberry Coconut Ice Chocs

This week I’ve been having fun creating a new chocolate to share with friends and family this weekend. I daren’t admit how many I’ve eaten this week but it’s well into double figures. Good thing I’m running a lot at the moment!

This new chocolate is a healthy hybrid of two of my favourite Quality Street chocs – the Strawberry Delight and Coconut Eclair.  Its flavour and texture is not dissimilar to ‘coconut ice’ (or a strawberry flavoured bounty!) but it tastes fresh and ‘real’ rather than sugary and processed. It’s really yummy!

Strawberry Coconut Ice

It’s super easy to make too! It’s simply a case of whizzing coconut and strawberries together in a food processor, popping them in the freezer to firm up, then coating in dark chocolate. I like to make my own raw chocolate, but you could easily melt down a bar of chocolate or some choc chips if you prefer.

Strawberry Coconut Ice Chocs

At Christmas time, I was really lucky to win a Twitter giveaway hosted by Sevenhills Organics. The prize was £250 worth of superfoods! In my amazing haul, was some beautiful cacao powder and cacao butter, which I used to make these chocs.

Cacao Powder & Butter

I’ve never seen cacao butter in buttons before. As well as being super cute, they’re much easier to use than the solid blocks that I normally buy. You simply pop them straight in the double boiler – no messing about with chopping or grating. I’ll definitely be buying these again!

The sweetener I used for these chocolates was Clarks Carob Fruit Syrup. If you’ve read my other raw choc posts, you’ll know that I love the subtle flavour of carob fruit syrups in my chocs. I’ve used Sweet Freedom before and the Clarks Carob Fruit Syrup is similar in taste, though much lighter and thinner in texture. It’s a fairly new product and currently only available from Ocado (I was sent some samples to trial). If you can’t get hold of carob fruit syrup, or you wish to make the chocolates raw, then organic agave nectar is a good substitute.

Strawberry Coconut Ice Chocs

Products used in this recipe (UK stockists)
East End Desiccated Coconut
Essential Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Clarks Carob Fruit Syrup (Sweet Freedom and Organic Agave Nectar will work too)
Steenburgs Organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract
Sevenhills Organic Cacao Powder
Sevenhills Organic Cacao Butter
Magimix Food Processor

Did you have a favourite Quality Street as a kid? If so, let me know as I’d love to try my hand at recreating it at home! 😀

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11 Responses to Chocolate-Coated ‘Strawberry Coconut Ice’ (Vegan / Dairy-free)

  1. I’m so with you about cane sugar. This year has really changed it for me. I used to enjoy little ‘normal’ treats around holidays and occasions, but I just feel over it this year! I just feel yuck after eating those things now. I would so much rather have one of your gorgeous strawberry coconut bites!

    These look professionally made from a specialty shop! I had no idea you could get cacao butter in buttons…that is so convenient!! The UK is really on top of these things, I’m starting to get jealous 😉
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    • My taste buds have definitely changed over the years. I used to be addicted to milk chocolate but now I crave raw chocs. Talk about transformation!!
      The cacao butter buttons are fab aren’t they? If they’re not already available in Canada, it could be a great little business venture 😉 xx

  2. omg these look like a super healthy version of raspberry ruffles! Thanks for this, will def be making 🙂

    • Oh wow Raspberry Ruffles? I’ve never heard of them before but what a cool name! I’m pretty sure raspberries would work well in these chocs. I’ll have to give it a try myself 🙂

  3. These look amazing Sharon – I will have to try! OMG though – such a fantastic prize..well done!
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  4. I have fond memories of Quality Street tins on family Christmases in the UK – we had the massive ones on a few occasions and it was dazzling to have so much chocolate! Like you, though, they don’t appeal to me now, but these chocolates of yours definitely do. Yum!
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  5. These look so good! I love the sound of the cacao butter buttons!
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  6. I love collecting vintage and retro looking tins, they are so cute to have around and you can stash them. These chocolate-coated strawberry coconut ice would go beautifully with a cup of perfectly steeped Earl Grey tea!

    • That sounds wonderful! Earl Grey used to be my favourite tea as a teenager. I haven’t had it in a very long time! I’m going to buy a box this weekend and try them with these chocs 😀

      Have a fantastic weekend Rika! xx

  7. This makes me so happy and excited! I HAVE to make these!
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