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Day of the Dead White Chocolate Covered Strawberry Skulls

white chocolate covered Dia de los Muertos strawberry skulls We had a Day of the Dead party.  We wanted to make a celebration that our kids, who are still young, could have fund with but that also would have enough traditional elements to maintain the significance and importance of this holiday.  It really was a great opportunity to talk about great grandparents who are not with us any longer and to spark conversations about death and celebrate life.

The sugar skulls or calaveras de azucar are a very important part of the Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations.  Sugar skulls are usually made of sugar and ornately decorated.  They are used as ofrendas in altars made for those loved ones who have passed away.   It’s believed that the skulls and other decorations used for different celebrations where made of sugar simply because it was a material that was affordable and easily accessible.

white chocolate covered Dia de los Muertos strawberry skulls

I would have loved to make sugar skulls but we didn’t have a mold to make these so I decided to come up with my own version. I dipped strawberries in white chocolate and decorated them to make white chocolate strawberry skulls.  These made the perfect addition to our Day of the Dead party menu and the kids loved them, they are also a lot healthier than a skull made of solid sugar.

This was actually my first time dipping strawberries in chocolate, can’t believe I had never done it before!  After dipping the strawberries I let the chocolate cool off and harden for about half an hour .  I do not recommend that you put them in the refrigerator because when you take them out to decorate the chocolate gets covered in condensation and believe me trying to decorate wet chocolate is not the best idea.  Let’s just say the first few strawberries did not look as good as these do.

white chocolate covered Dia de los Muertos strawberry skulls

For creating the designs I used Wilton candy markers, this was the first time I used these and could not believe how well they write on the chocolate.  At first I was thinking of using lots of colors on my little strawberry skulls but I think they look better just in black.

You can check out lots of other Día de los Muertos party ideas HERE.  How are you celebrating El Día de los Muertos?

white chocolate covered Dia de los Muertos strawberry skulls

Check out more ideas for Day of the Dead celebrations on my Pinterest board below.

Follow Growing Up Bilingual’s board Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead on Growing Up Bilingual on Pinterest.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Tamara Wilson

    Those look amazing. My daughter would love making those. Thank you so much for the idea.
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  2. lanie craig

    I love Day of The Dead and sugar skulls.I have never thought of making them from strawberries.This is such a creative idea!thanks for such a great review!LOVE IT!!!!
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  3. becca

    love these bet you could do all kinds of wonderful creations
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  4. Sarah Bailey

    They look amazing I wish I was able to draw things so well – mind you I wouldn’t want to eat them they look so nice. x
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  5. Jennifer Williams

    I have never heard of candy markers, I am heading to Michaels tomorrow and will check these out. Funny in there all the time but never really make it to the baking area because I am not good at baking. Chocolate strawberries though I could do.
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  6. Janeane Davis

    I would really like to use these ideas to make family desserts special. Thanks for sharing such a cute and creative idea.
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  7. Nova S

    Very artistic and fun to do for the food during Halloween, I’m sure you’ve got an awed with your guest when they sees your art.
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  8. Bohemian Babushka

    Preciosa, you know Dia de los Muertos isn’t a Cuban thing- but eating chocolate is!! Don’t know how you contained yourself from eating todo, but I’m glad you did- they look amazing!!! BB2U
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  9. Chubskulit Rose

    You are very creative, the look great!
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  10. Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes)

    Bellezas super sencillos pero maravillosa idea!
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  11. Catherine L.

    What a cute and creative idea. They look great. I love dipping strawberries in chocolate, but never thought about drawing on them.

  12. Tingting R.

    Great idea! I will keep this in mind for the next holiday gathering.
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  13. Cristina

    Qué belleza, te quedaron preciosas! Yo quiero comer una de esas fresas.
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  14. Veronica Cervera

    Sensasionles. Felicidades por ser tan creativa. Todos tus post de Día de los muertos me han encantado.
    Buen fin de semana.
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  15. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    Genial! Bellisimas que te quedaron y esos colores expectaculares!

  16. Adriana- Hogar-Mujer

    Que preciosas quedaron y se ven tan apetitosas, muero por el chocolate blanco. Gracias!
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  17. Reina - Soy Mamá en Casa Blog

    Que preciosidades y que fotos tan bellas Paula, te felicito !
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  18. Silvia

    OMG me encantaron!! que buena idea!! en este momento estoy guardando este link para añadirlo a mi lista de cosas lindas de día de muertos para el año que viene.

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