strawberry bouquet with candy

These strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are also easy  gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain both.

This is both a food and craft project so perfect for senior activities. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – sure to please. And satisfying to make and give.

If you’re planning elderly activities, be sure to consider these strawberries desserts  – both plain or chocolate covered. The project is easy to modify and to give extra help to those who may need it. Simple items are used, and you may already have some around.

Bouquets & Strawberry Desserts

Candy Vase With Bouquet

You will need:

  • 4 large strawberries
  • Vase of your choice – tall and narrow work well
  • Candies to fill vase – wrapped is always best if it’s for a non-family member
  • 4 long kabob skewers
  • Ribbon or raffia, and bow if you’re using one — or
  • Colored feathers, or artificial flowers instead of a bow
  • Curly reeds for bouquet (optional)
  • Whipped cream, — or
  • Dipping chocolate (in microwavable container), — or
  • Small gumdrop for top of strawberry instead of whipped cream or chocolate dip
  • 4 toothpicks if you are using gumdrops
  • Plate with waxed paper, if using dipping chocolate

Make sure your vase is washed and clean.

Fill the vase half way with your candy. Put the skewer sticks and curly reeds in, arranging them as you desire. I put them in at slightly different levels so the berries wouldn’t bump into each other. Finish filling up the vase with candies.

Then wrap the ribbon or raffia around the vase several times. You can also separate the strands to give a spiral effect. Insert the feathers, flowers, or attach a bow.

If you are going to be presenting this right away and the recipient can eat the strawberries soon, then it’s very easy to use whipped cream for the tops of the berries.

However, if you’ll be giving it or eating it later, use gumdrops on the tops (sticking them on with toothpicks), or make chocolate covered strawberries (see below). First put a strawberry on each skewer. At this point, put on the whipped cream topping, or gumdrop, if not using chocolate dipped.

You can decorate strawberry bouquets for many holidays and occasions, like these super easy ghosts. They are white chocolate dipped, and the instructions are further below. The faces were made with edible food markers. Or use chocolate squirt frosting in a tube. Then place them in a vase of black and/or orange jelly beans.

Below is another version of a bouquet to use both as a centerpiece (either on a buffet, or perhaps one on each table that can later be used for your strawberry desserts. Just change out what you fill the vase with, and surround it at the bottom with real or artificial flowers.

strawberry bouquet dessert

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you want to make chocolate covered strawberries, there’s a really easy way. Learn all about it and see our chocolate strawberry ideas,  at: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

They also look fabulous with a white chocolate coating. And colored berries make fabulous strawberry desserts in a bouquet type arrangement.

Learn the specifics of what to do at the link above. Then just stick a kabob skewer in each berry. Fill a teapot or vase half way with florist foam or styrofoam, and arrange the berry sticks in it. I also made and inserted a few long, thin leaves of colored paper to add to the look.

Chocolate Strawberry Flowers

For this whimsical bouquet, make chocolate covered strawberries according to instructions, in any color you like. Add a candy on top, if desired.

To make the petals, I like to use old rolls of wallpaper samples (from the thrift store) or colorful wrapping paper. You could also use doilies. Fold your paper in half (so it will be double sided), making a 3 to 4 inch square.

Trace or draw a simple flower shape on it and cut it out. Glue the two sides together.

When the glue is dry, pierce the flower centers with something sharp, like a needle, then insert kabob skewers as stems. Also insert the skewer ends into the strawberries. Make as many as you want.

Then arrange them as a bouquet in a vase filled with candies, nuts, etc. If you put one on each table, or several in a grouping, there will be enough flower strawberry desserts for everyone.

For Valentine’s Day, you could also make the petals out of red or pink paper, and cut them in the shape of hearts.

Below is a sunflower style using the same petal onto a stick principle. By doing several, you could create a bouquet.

Bouquet Strawberry Desserts, with Parfait

These strawberry desserts involve a different approach, using layers of a variety of items such as ice cream, strawberry sauce, coconut, fruit, etc., layered with fresh strawberries. The berry bouquets are made as usual. These desserts would need to be eaten right away.

You can also make these red, white and blue, so they’re great for the Fourth of July. Or use green mint ice cream and more green in your coloring, for Christmas.

I first put a layer of fresh strawberry cranberry relish sauce, which I made and which is very easy. You just add some chopped berries to the recipe. Then I layered coconut, fresh strawberries, strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, etc. Whatever you like. I topped it with a little whipped cream.

Lastly, I insert 3 skewers with chocolate strawberries of different colors. Even just one would suffice. Fun for parties!

As a little alternative to using strawberry desserts in a bouquet, try a towering kabob. Very simple, with fruits and candies that are easy to get. See our strawberry apple fruit kabob page.

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This easy salmon patty recipe is really flavorful — and fabulous for either a healthy snack recipe, or for a complete meal! This will ensure they get plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and those healthy Omega 3 fats.

This is very important for maintaining proper nutrition. Salmon is one of the most valuable foods nutrition-wise for senior health. So it’s excellent for elderly nutrition, particularly when our loved ones are light eaters. And it’s very flexible. So be sure to try this out!

You can use either leftover fresh salmon, or canned salmon. (Wild Pacific salmon, such as Alaskan red sockeye, is best. Atlantic salmon is usually raised on farms and is less healthy).

Our Salmon Patty Recipe

For this salmon patty recipe, it is pan fried (ideally in olive oil, not butter since it’s much healthier), and is quick to make. Makes about 4 medium patties.

You need:

One 7.5 oz. can of salmon (I get “Wild caught” Alaskan sockeye salmon
1 egg, beaten
2 to 3 Tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste (Spike is also good instead)
Optional – Mayo (if you use it, you may want to cut back on the milk)
Optional – Dash of mustard powder
Optional – 1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped onions

1 to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Slice of cheese

Possible garnishments:
Lettuce leaf
Slice of green pepper
Slice of onion (I like caramelized!)

Remove scaly matter and bones from the canned salmon. Then flake the salmon with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients (except olive oil and slice of cheese), and mix well. (If you don’t use mayo, they’ll keep longer, so can be used for picnics).

Heat olive oil in a fry pan, on Medium heat. Form mixture into patties. Fry in the olive oil on both sides until brown. When almost done, add the slice of cheese and let it melt. Serve as is, or on a whole-grain bun. You can also serve them with your favorite fish sauce drizzled over the top.

This is one of our really easy salmon recipes – enjoy!

More delicious ideas:

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Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.

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Fresh strawberry desserts are available almost all year long!
Our strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. (And in the off-season, you can use frozen for most of these recipes).

Nutritious! – As you may know, strawberries are very healthy with no sodium, cholesterol or fat. Plus they’re high in vitamins like Vitamin C, and great for fiber and anti-oxidants to support our health.

These fun fresh strawberry desserts are perfect for special occasions and holidays such as Valentine’s Day, the 4th of July, even Christmas (red and green)! And, of course, all spring and summer long. Even during winter you can usually find fresh strawberries in the stores. Making strawberry treats are also delicious senior activity ideas that you can eat!

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Apple Bowl With Berries

And lots of other goodies too. This is very healthy, especially using natural products.

Try real whipped cream and/or natural ice cream. (We used whipped cream from a can for some of our fresh strawberry desserts, but you can use fresh, home-made). Orstrawberry ice cream. Or both!

You will need:

  • A small plate or shallow bowl
  • Bright red apple, cut in half, core scooped out
  • About 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • 6 to 8 pieces of cut fresh strawberries
  • 4 to 5 raspberries
  • 3 to 4 blueberries (optional, but fun for July 4th) !
  • Strawberry sauce (see recipe further below)
  • Small sized kabob skewer (“brochette” size)
  • Candy for garnishment

Pour lemon juice into a shallow small bowl, making a large puddle to dip the apple into.

Cut an apple in half and place it face down in the lemon juice right away, to prevent browning. Then take a spoon or knife to core and hollow out a bowl shape in the apple.

Drizzle some strawberry sauce into the hollow. If you are serving your fresh strawberry desserts right away, fill the hollow with a scoop of ice cream. You will want to have your berries all ready (strawberries cut in advance), to quickly prepare this so it does not melt. Otherwise, fill the hollow with whipped cream.

Then arrange the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and anything else you’d like to use. Add a little more whipped cream and berries, repeating as many layers as you’d like. Then stick the skewer into the apple, and top it off with a raspberry, blueberry, or other garnishment.

Arrange any candies around the bottom. Chocolate candy is also delicious with strawberries.

Strawberry Chocolate Cup

This item can actually be several projects for fresh strawberry desserts all in one. You have making the chocolate cup if you’d like (very easy, see below), and also the chocolate swirl on top (also easy, see our Food Activities page). And of course making the dessert itself. This could also be a fully no-bake project.

You will need:

  • Chocolate cups; either from store or home-made
  • 4 to 6 strawberries per cup
  • Other berries if desired
  • Strawberry ice cream 
  •  - OR – Whipped cream
  • Strawberry sauce (recipe below) or jam
  • Chocolate swirl for top, or other candy or topping

If you are making your own chocolate cups, which is really fun and quick, see below. When the chocolate is chilled and set, remove from their cups.

Cut several strawberries in small pieces. Place them in the bottom of the cups, along with a few other berries, until the cup is full. If you are using strawberry sauce or jam, drizzle it on at this point. Option: you could also add in a couple spoonfuls of chocolate custard/pudding. Add on a small scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top with a chocolate swirl (see how to make them at link above), or other candy or topper. That’s it!

Chocolate Cups

These delicious cups are fun food activities for seniors and can be used for all sorts of desserts! They have a natural, fanciful free-form look since they’re home made.

You will need:

  • Package of chocolate chips
  • Baking cups
  • Cupcake pan
  • Spray oil 
  • Craft paint brush
  • Spoons, water and paper towels
  • Platter

These are so easy. I just used regular paper baking cups. But if you can, the silicone cups work really well, as the chocolate pops right out.

Microwave the chocolate chips to melt them at short intervals. This avoids over-cooking. First melt for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Then 15 seconds, remove and stir. Do this routine until the chips are melted, with just a few lumps remaining, that will melt on their own as you stir.

Spray the paper baking cups with oil. Spoon melted chocolate onto the bottom of a baking cup and spread it around.

With a moist but not wet brush, brush chocolate up the sides of the cup to thoroughly coat it. Put them all in the fridge to set for 10 minute. (Wash and dry paint brush between applications).

Then brush another coat of chocolate, and into fridge for another 10 to 15 minutes. When they’re set, gently peel off the paper. Or pop them out of the silicone cups. Place them on a platter.

Now they’re ready to fill with your preference of ingredients for fresh strawberry desserts, or whatever else you choose.

Options — Here is another super simply way to use them. Just fill with fruit and whatever else you like, and squirt chocolate tube icing over them. Top with a candy.

Chocolate cups are excellent for any holiday events. You can also get squirt tube icing in a variety of colors to suit your occasion — such as green for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day; orange for Halloween. Strawberries (including frozen) can be found almost all year long.

All-Natural Strawberry Sauce

I make many berry sauces like this, and this one can be added into many fresh strawberry desserts for a little extra enhancement.

You will need:

  • Sauce pan with cover
  • 1 to 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup, to taste
  • About 1 teaspoon water

The amount of ingredients is flexible, depending on how much you’re making, and how sweet you want the sauce. Just place all the ingredients in the sauce pan. Bring to a boil on Medium heat, then turn it to Low and cover the pan.

Let it simmer for about a half hour or so, depending on how much strawberries you used. You want the berries to be soft. If you want the sauce to be thinner, add in a little more water, or even more honey/syrup. Then with a fork, mash the berries. Serve warm, add in to other desserts, or chill the sauce. I like to eat it just plain! It’s also great over ice cream.

Brandy Chocolate Strawberry Tart

I loved the recipe a reader submitted for Brandy Chocolate Custard and decided to use it on our fresh strawberry desserts page. You can also eliminate the brandy and just use vanilla. Or use chocolate ice cream instead of making the custard.

(NOTE: I did use 3 Tablespoons of brandy instead of 2; and 2 Tablespoons of coco powder instead of 1 –  because I like strong flavor).

You will need:

  • Pre-made mini graham cracker crust pie shells
  • 3 to 4 strawberries, cut in pieces
  • Raspberries, blueberries, etc. as desired.
  • Brandy chocolate custard made in advance
  •  - OR just use chocolate ice cream 
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate swirl topper, or other candy or topper

Fill the graham tart shells with a spoonful of custard and several pieces of cut strawberries, raspberries, etc. Add another mound or two of custard. Top with a bit of whipped cream, and insert a chocolate swirl (easy on our food activities page). Also shown in the picture, a pink covered strawberry — you can learn to make chocolate covered strawberries in a very simple way. They’re great to use for all kinds of things.

Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

Fresh strawberry desserts are more naturally sweet when made with exactly that – fresh strawberries. This is a delicious rendition of the Oatmeal and Peach Muffin recipe submitted in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, by Anne of Illinois. She suggested modifying the recipe with fresh strawberries instead of peaches. So I did give it a try, and it’s very good. I used pure maple syrup instead of the honey, since that’s the sweetener I prefer.

You will need:

Have 3/4 cup of fresh chopped strawberries ready first.
Sift the following dry ingredients together:
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
Add in next:
1 tsp of vanilla
Then stir in a cup of rolled oats
Beat together:
1 egg
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of oil
4 Tablespoons of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir until just combined; do not over-mix.
Add in the cut strawberries. Stir again gently, until just mixed in.
Bake in pre-heated oven, 20 to 25 minutes. Later, you can top it with a little strawberry sauce and cut berries.
Berry muffins not only make delicious fresh strawberry desserts, but also are favorite items for buffets and brunches.

Frozen Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

We topped this dessert with cooked dark cherry sauce for a little variety, but you could also use strawberries, or a medley of berries.

You will need:

  • 1 quart of natural ice cream or ice milk. Or try strawberry flavored Rice Dream.
  • I cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • Several halved strawberries (for top) – or use a different kind of berry on top for contrast, or sauce as in the photo; even jam
  • ½ cup unsweetened chocolate chips (optional, but yummy)
  • Whipped cream topping (optional)

First, pre-bake a pie crust according to its instructions, and cool. You can also use a graham cracker or cookie crumb type crust. We stress using natural, low-sugar ingredients when at all possible. You can find all kinds of healthy options in the natural food section of your grocery store, or at a health food store.

Soften the ice cream until you can mix it, then stir it until it is smooth. Gently fold in the strawberries and chocolate chips. Stir until evenly mixed in. Put the mixture into the pie crust. Add the sliced strawberries in a decorative pattern on top. Cover well with plastic wrap, and freeze. To serve, top with whipped cream, if you’d like, and a whole strawberry on each piece. Or a piece of candy.

How To Make Ice Cream — Learn how to make fresh strawberry ice cream, the easy way. Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent gadgets out there. Great ice cream can make a healthy dessert – it all depends on the recipe.

My dad made his own homemade ice cream until he was 93 (when he could no long see well enough). That’s how easy it is. We have some of his excellent, natural recipes here, including strawberry. Machines are inexpensive and worth it. Ice cream making is a great group activity as well.

Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie

Our fresh and easy strawberry pie has a most marvelous flavor and texture. The secret is making the sauce filling. It is definitely not the gelatinous kind. Everyone calls it the best they’ve had! And it only takes minutes to make.

This is my mother’s recipe that has been in the family for over 50 years, and we’re very excited to share it. This is one of my favorite fresh strawberry desserts, and is perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, even Christmas. Click here to get the full recipe: Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie.

Bouquet Strawberry Desserts

These fresh strawberry desserts have your choice of topping and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make. Do it the super easy way, or make chocolate covered strawberries. We explain how to do both on this page. See how to make a candy vase with a bouquet. Or perhaps a parfait bouquet (that you eat right away, of course!) This is both a food and craft project. And no matter what your age or ability level, these bouquets make a great project. The result will be an attractive centerpiece, door prize, or gift – and they’re sure to please; plus satisfying to make and give. Go to: Bouquet Strawberry Desserts.

Strawberry Fruit Kabob

This towering fruit kabob is made with strawberries, apples, raspberries, candy, and whatever else you’d like to put on it. This is a healthy dessert you can stretch your imagination with. Plus, it’s both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties. Use it for a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or fun dessert. Get the details by clicking this link: Strawberry Fruit Kabob.

Strawberry and cheese kabobs — You can also make fresh strawberry desserts with stacks of cheese cubes on a skewer, topped with the berries. Serve with other cheese and fruit plates.

strawberry cheese kabobs


Decorate your favorite cake by creating a flower pattern on the top, held in place with frosting or whipped cream. Start with a wide circle of petals on the bottom, and work your way up. You can make as many petal layers as you’d like, depending on how fancy you want to get. Also consider finishing it off with a dollop of whipped cream on top, and/or candies or sprinkles.

Use a baked apple as a base for this easy dessert. Surround it with fresh strawberries and a cookie such as a meringue or a macaroon. Top with whipped cream and drizzle on some strawberry sauce or even jam.

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – In many colors! Plus, creative decoration ideas, for many seasons and holidays.
Valentine’s Day Desserts
Get more ideas for fresh strawberry desserts (and others) on this festive page.

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I first became familiar with how to make mulled wine when visiting Europe (I have German ancestry), where it is popular during the chilly months.

Mulled wine is an old, historical beverage dating from at least the Middle Ages, and was used to warm you up from the inside out. It’s most typically a red wine concoction (although some do use white) full of spices and also fruits, such as citrus and cherries. And served hot.

A great alternative to hot apple cider, for those who can drink alcoholic beverages. (But you can also make it with non-alcoholic wines, as needed).

Mulled wine is wonderful in cold weather, of course. Sort of a comfort drink – the elderly friends and family who I know love this. It’s often a tradition at Christmas and other winter holidays, and also during Halloween and Thanksgiving. Perfect for many party theme ideas.

But I also make it in the warmer months as well, when it is chilly or rainy outside.

Different versions of how to make mulled wine can be found in almost any European country. So if you have a particular ancestry that uses certain wines or spices, feel free to add them into the “brew”! Some countries sell packets of spices made just for mulled wine. You may be able to find them here in specialty markets, but I like to make it from scratch.

The easiest way on how to make mulled wine is by using a crock pot. Put you could also do it in a double boiler (not aluminum), on the Low setting. First heat it up (but do not let it begin to boil). Then set it on Low.

When I learned how to make mulled wine, it was first through some trial and error. I find the best kind of wine is heavy red wine, such as a Cabernet. I also love Port. I don’t like to use “cheap” wine, because I’ve have bad-tasting results when it’s heated and mixed with the spices.

I’ve tasted white wines that have been mulled, but for me they don’t have as full a flavor. Mulled wine is one of my favorite easy, healthy recipes (“healthy” being relative, depending on what you put into it – I like as much natural as possible).

How To Make Mulled Wine

Here’s a great recipe from my friend Marsha, cook extraordinaire:

  • 2 bottles of red wine.
  • ¼ cup Brandy (optional, but I find it to be delicious!). Brandy gives it more depth of flavor.
  • 2 orange slices.
  • 2 to 3 whole cloves.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • 1/4 cup sugar or brown sugar, or sweetener (raw honey is also delicious, if you like natural).
  • Optional…
  • Nutmeg and mace – start with ¼ teaspoon.
  • A pinch of anise.

Mix all the ingredients together in the crock pot (or pan) and cook on Low for about 2 to 3 hours, stirring frequently. Taste it from time to time as the flavor deepens, to see if you want to add more of any of the ingredients.

Towards the end (in the last half hour or so) you can add in pitted cherries and lemon slices for effect. Ladle into mugs to serve. I like pre-warmed mugs, myself.

This is best when served fresh. But I never turn down a mug of mulled wine – I think it improves with age. But then, that’s probably my perspective on a lot of things at this stage of the game!

Be sure to also read:

Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — Sure to add sparkle to your parties and events. Choose either red or white wine recipes.  Non-alcoholic, sparkling grape juice is great too.
Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Fun for either groups or individuals.
Perfect Party Theme Ideas — Who doesn’t love a party? Get party theme ideas for seniors that are sure to add a little life. Plus crafts and décor ideas too.

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This towering strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Fun for your senior activities. Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.

Nutrition — As we’ve discussed on previous pages, the strawberry is an excellent food for elderly nutrition due to its high content of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber. So use it often, and for sure try this kabob. (Also take a look at our page on easy apple recipes for more fun ideas).

For many occasions and holidays — You can change out the fruit, colors, and candy (if you are using any) depending on what your occasion is. This kabob can be used as a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or dessert. I’m sure you can think of other uses too!

Towering Fruit Kabob

You will need:

  • Plate or shallow bowl
  • 1 doily for under the apple in the dish (optional)
  • 1 long wooden skewer
  • (Optional) 1 small doily for top of apple
  • 2 red apples. washed
  • Lemon juice in a bowl
  • 2 large strawberries
  • 2 large gum drops (or you can use other fruit instead)
  • 1 raspberry for topper
  • Festive candies to surround the kabob at the bottom (or other fruit pieces)

Start by poking a hole in the whole apple with a sharp instrument such as an ice pick, which you will stick the skewer into. The pointed tip of the skewer may be able to poke a hole, but only if the apple is soft enough.

It’s easier to get a straight hole and make it stand up straight, if you use something stronger than the stick. Whatever you use, make sure it is clean, as this fruit kabob will be eaten. Put the apple into its dish. It looks nice to have a doily under the apple.

Stick the skewer into the apple hole. Then begin stacking your fruits on the stick. I started out with a slice of apple, cut out of the second apple that you have. Immediately set the slice in the lemon juice for a minute, to prevent browning. Then put it on the stick.

I next put on a gumdrop, followed by a large strawberry, and so on. Try to keep the heaviest fruits at the bottom — the fruit kabob tower can get top heavy and start to lean. Top off the tip with your raspberry topper. Or a festive candy looks cute too.

Arrange candies in the dish around the apple, or other fruit. I was making Valentines Day desserts, so I used gumdrop hearts, and my colors were red and white.

Have fun making a fruit kabob, and be sure to try new ways to enhance it!

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! Makes great senior activities.
Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate — A fun and yummy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included. Perfect for elderly activities too.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got  super-delicious, super-easy, ones that to boost nutrition.

Go to: Fresh Strawberry Desserts.

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Our Valentines Day Desserts are simple but unique!

If you need special Valentines Day ideas for treats and desserts (something to go along with those Valentine flowers or other Valentines Day gift ideas), then we just might have something here for you!

Many of our desserts are made with fresh fruit, which is an important component of good nutrition, especially elderly nutrition. Strawberries and raspberries are especially popular (and healthy) for this day. Of course there are ways to dress these up or make them decadent too!

And remember, if you have sugar restrictions, most recipes can be made with a sugar substitute (such as stevia, a natural plant derivative – it’s the healthiest we’ve found). We also have several easy, healthy dessert ideas using honey or delicious pure maple syrup.

We recommend using low-fat, low or no sugar products for Valentines Day desserts, whenever possible. Including chocolate. Many of these alternative sweets are found in health food stores. If you haven’t shopped them and want to eat healthy, do make a visit and see what healthy substitutes you can find.

Adding drizzles of chocolate (have you ever tried carob instead?) or caramel will dress up any of these Valentines Day desserts, as will adding a chocolate heart to the top – perhaps a-top whipped cream or ice cream? Or encircle the bottom of the serving plate or bowl with valentine candies. You can get many kinds sugar-free.

Our Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine Apple Bowl

Valentines Day desserts are more showy when you use many layers, and this one has a special surprise topper too, a pink chocolate swirl (the simple instructions are on our food activities page – try it!)

You will need:
Large red apple, halved and core scooped out
3 or 4 strawberries, halved
3-4 strawberries, cut in pieces
4-5 raspberries
Raspberry sauce or jam
Chocolate sauce
Valentine candy

This is just a matter of cutting and scooping the core out of the apple, and then filling it up with goodies. Berries were also placed at the base of the apple.

I put cut strawberries and raspberries inside, plus home-made strawberry sauce. (Just cook cut strawberries with a little honey or pure maple syrup for about 30 minutes in a covered pan on Low until berries are soft. Then mash them to make a healthy sauce). You could also add in strawberry ice cream under or over the sauce.

Next, I stacked more berries, and then chocolate syrup, letting it drizzle down. Lastly, the pink chocolate swirl. These are simple, by microwaving white chocolate chips at 15 second intervals until melted, then adding a drop of red food coloring. With a spoon, drizzle it onto wax paper. I used a toothpick to help nudge it off. Refrigerate about 15 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula – the detail is strong enough to stay in tact.

You can get more details and a photo at the link above. The last item is a Valentine candy by the apple.

Valentine Strawberry Cake

Using slices of strawberries in Valentines Day desserts is ideal, because after you cut out the stem in a circular motion and slice the berry, they look like hearts. This dessert was made by first baking your favorite chocolate cake.

You will need:
Chocolate cake baked in advance
White or pink frosting
At least a dozen strawberries, sliced
5-6 strawberries, cut in pieces
Strawberry sauce or jam
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate heart for the top (of each square)

Bake the cake and cut it into squares before applying filling to the center. I find it easier to cut the smaller squares in half in order to insert the filling, rather than trying to cut the whole cake in half — but do it whichever way works for you.For a group activity, cut the cake into squares first may be easier.

In a bowl, mix the cut strawberry pieces in with enough sauce or jam to spread filling on the center of the cake. I also added a few dabs of whipped cream. Open up the cake halves, spread on some filling, then sandwich them back together.

For frosting, I just used an easy kind that is applied from a can. Then added a few sprinkles. Next, I drizzled a little strawberry sauce over the frosting. Then I placed 5 sliced strawberry “hearts” in a flower shape on top of each cake square. Lastly, the chocolate candy was added.

Strawberry-Cranberry Relish with Hearts

A strawberry-cranberry relish may be a nice touch for your Valentine Day desserts. And on top just add a few flowers made of strawberry slices, as described previously. The centers are a dab of whipped cream and candy on top. Also included is a heart-shaped candy.

I have a great all-natural cranberry relish recipe made with pure maple syrup, at the link. (Frozen cranberries work fine too). As you make it, you can also include chopped strawberries as it cooks. Or simply use canned cranberries with a little strawberry sauce (from our fresh strawberry desserts page), strawberry syrup, or jam mixed in.

Chocolate Strawberry Tower

This colorful tower of strawberries and chocolate makes a statement with your Valentines Day desserts! If you’re ambitious, you could make one for everyone. Otherwise, it could serve as a centerpiece at dessert time at each table. Those at the table would share the strawberries. And a heart candy could be provided for everyone too, as well as a pink chocolate covered strawberry (see that section further below) for each.

You’ll need very large strawberries and a kabob skewer, as well as chocolate syrup, which you drizzle onto each berry as you stack it on the skewer. And a plate, of course. The bottom berry should be the largest, and I cut off a slice from the side it’s sitting on, to made it stand.

After you’ve stacked and drizzled all the berries with chocolate, drizzle a bit more on the bottom. Add the candy hearts. And a pink chocolate covered strawberry, then green candy, at the top.

Refrigerate until serving. Depending on the chocolate you use, it may also harden, which is nice because it’s less messy. You can provide forks for everyone to help them get the strawberries off the stack.

Raspberry Puff Pastry

There is a variety of ways you can dress up these flaky pastry puffs for Valentine Day desserts. Some of the ideas are below.

You will need:
Package of frozen puff pastry
Pint of raspberries
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tblspn corn starch
1 Tblspn water
1+ teaspoon gelatin
½ cup sugar, or sweetener
Yoghurt, low-fat whipping cream, or custard, or vanilla ice cream
Natural chocolate sauce (optional)
Red food coloring (optional)

Bake the puff pastry according to the instructions on the package. Cool, and cut in half.

Berry Mix:
Mix ¼ of the raspberries in a sauce pan, and stir in the sweetener.
Dissolve the corn starch into the lemon juice. Then add into the above sauce.
Cook the mixture on Medium-Low heat until thickened.
Mix the gelatin in the water. Add into the thickened sauce.
Add in most of the rest of the raspberries – but save some out for later.

Assemble the dessert:

If you are using whipped cream, place some in a bowl and add a drop of red food coloring to make pink whipped cream. Stir very gently. This may also work with yoghurt.
Scoop some whipped cream onto the bottom half of the puff pastry.
You can also add a couple spoonfuls of chocolate sauce too.
Add 3 or 4 raspberries.
Cover with the puff pastry top.
Place a generous scoop of the raspberry sauce on top.
Top it with whipped cream (or other topping), plus a red Valentine candy, or chocolate! (You can also add in other colors of berries as well, if you’d like). These are very good chilled before serving.

Frozen Pink Sorbet or Ice Cream Pie

These refreshing Valentines Day desserts are made with real fruit strawberry or raspberry sorbet. Of course, strawberry ice cream (as in top photo) is great too. Or try strawberry Rice Dream. It’s a delicious ice cream substitute, made with naturally sweet rice syrup. If you’ve never tried it, do!

You will need:
1 quart or 2 pints of sorbet
1 pie crust (Graham cracker or chocolate cookie crumb crust is great with this) — or
A dozen mini pie shells or fillo shells (as in photo)
2/3 cup (or more if you’d like!) of chocolate chips
Fresh raspberries; frozen if fresh are not available
Optional: ½ cup mandarin oranges, chopped (canned is OK, not in sweet syrup)

Soften the sorbet so it is mixable. Put it in a bowl.
Fold in the raspberries, oranges, and chocolate chips, mixing gently.
Put the sorbet mixture into the pie crust (we used mini fillo shells) and smoothen it out. Cover it well with plastic wrap and re-freeze. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, or top it with a spoonful of chocolate sauce. Or both. Plus a chocolate candy. Go for it — after all, it’s for Valentines Day desserts.

Apple Cranberry Roll-ups

These roll-ups can be made with either canned cranberry sauce, or homemade using either fresh or frozen cranberries. This is a deliciously tart dessert, not too sweet. But if you want sweeter, just add a little more whipped cream or ice cream! Or add a little granular sweetener to the sauce (more syrup would make it too soupy).

You will need:
4 to 6 apples
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ cup of pure maple syrup (you can add more, to taste)
1 can of cranberry sauce (the gelatin kind does not work as well) – or you can make fresh!
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of pecan or walnut pieces
I package of refrigerated crescent rolls, low fat

Peel, core, and cut the apples into small pieces. Put them into a medium sized sauce pan, and add in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Cook, covered, on medium heat until the apples are almost tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Add in the cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and nuts. Mix together.

Separate the crescent roll dough, and spread each out (into the triangle shape) on a greased cookie sheet. Put some of the fruit mixture into the center, then roll them up according to the instructions, and seal the ends. Brush the tops with a little maple syrup.

Bake according to instructions, usually 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Before serving, put a spoonful of leftover filling on top. Finish it off with the topping of your choice: ice cream, whipping cream, yoghurt, or chocolate sauce. And, of course, a Valentine candy on the top or the side. You can serve these Valentines Day desserts warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. They are perfect for lots of Valentines Day desserts. From my mom’s 50+ year-old, fabulous strawberry pie recipe – to an easy hand-crafted chocolate cup chuck full of various berries and goodies –they’re delicious!

We like to go for Healthy on our web site as much as possible, so we try to offer those types of recipes, some suggestions, and let you decide how you want to get imaginative with them! Even the chocolate morsels can be low in sugar, and from the health food store, if desired. The ice cream is all-natural. 

All-Natural Easy Brownies

This all-natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage? Make this for your Valentines Day desserts, and even add some chopped cherries (or other red fruit) into the batter. You can also add chocolate chips into it to make them extra chocolaty.

And top the servings with whipped cream tinted pink with a little red food coloring. Or pink ice cream. And a chocolate candy to top it all off, of course. Take a look at: All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe.

Chocolate Cheese Cake

One of our readers graciously submitted this fabulous chocolate cheese cake recipe in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, so we are featuring it here.

Dress it up — All you need to do is add your own red candy or fruit enhancements (or pink whipped cream), and you have one of the truly rich Valentines Day desserts. Click here to go to Rob’s page and see his recipe: Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! We have instructions for both white and dark chocolates, the easy way. Chocolate strawberries can be either elegant or whimsical additions to your Valentines Day desserts.

And you can make them pink if you add a little red food coloring to the white chocolate, as shown with this mouse. It’s ears are strawberry slices, and its tail a strip of red licorice.

The pink bunny also has strawberry eats. As for the love bird, its wings and tail are heat-shaped strawberries. The beak is sliced almonds. You’ll see just what to do for these when you read the page at the link: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Here is how I incorporated the love bird into a fancier setting. Just place it in a small wine or apertif glass filled with strawberry ice cream, yoghurt, etc. You can get the foil garlands at craft stores, then cut them into sections to wind around the glasses. These would also be lovely in a hand-painted wine glass as shown below.

Brandy Chocolate Custard

This delicious custard recipe was graciously shared in our desserts forum by a reader. So I’m adding it in to our Valentines Day desserts. You can see it at Brandy Chocolate Custard. (I added in extra coco powder and extra brandy because I like strong flavor!

After it was done baking, I put it all into a blender, added in about 1/2 cup of raspberries, and blended it until smooth. The raspberries gave it a wonderful taste. But this is optional.

It’s topped with a raspberry and pink chocolate swirl, but you could top it with anything you’d like. At the bottom is a candy heart.

You can see that it’s served in a hand-painted wine glass, which I use not just for beverages, but for serving all sorts of treats, including a variety of Valentines Day desserts, even to fill with candy or nuts. See the link at how to paint glass.

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Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there. You put in little or no effort – no salt or ice needed. The work is done by electricity or a cranking paddle, and a special freezer bowl that you pre-freeze in the freezer before starting (this takes several hours).

And with the right recipes, ice cream can be a healthy dessert almost anyone can indulge in, even those who have dietary issues that restrict sugar or fat.

On this page we’ll be giving some from-scratch recipes on how to make ice cream with an ice cream maker. Making and eating ice cream can be delicious senior activities. See how it might fit in with your group. (Ice cream can add pizzazz to Valentines Day desserts too, and other holidays).

But you can also buy your favorite ice cream, especially if you need to use a certain kind, and then enhance it with the recipes below. You can turn any standard vanilla ice cream into something very special!

My Dad was a pro at how to make ice cream – he always made his own homemade, even when he was in his 90s. He used a Donvier ice cream maker. He had to turn the crank himself, but other brands such as Cuisinart make an all-electric model. It makes about a quart of ice cream.

Here are some of Dad’s recipes. They’re easy healthy recipes, and you can always use your imagination and tweak them yourself! You can use milk instead of cream, but keep in mind that it won’t be quite as “creamy.” Still very good, though.

How To Make Ice Cream

Basic Honey Ice Cream

I’m partial to cooking with honey and pure maple syrup. So this recipe is great with either as a sweetener.

1 cup chilled whole milk
2 cups chilled heavy cream
3/4 cups honey
2 tsp vanilla

Blend the ingredients together well. Then just pour into your ice cream machine, according to the directions of the machine. When it has gone through its mixing cycle, then freeze the ice cream in a plastic container. You can add all kinds of flavorings to this basic recipe, including chocolate pieces and syrup, fruit, nuts, etc. Cut down on the vanilla when adding flavorings.

Basic Ice Cream Recipe – With Eggs

This recipe makes a about quart. To make a about pint, cut the ingredients in half. This is a traditional recipe when folks learned how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way, with eggs. So you would have to make sure the eggs you used are pasteurized or safe. But the recipe is exceptionally rich and delicious.

6 eggs
1 ½ cup honey
3 pints of cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions on how to make ice cream for your individual model.
The recipes below are made with a pint of ice cream.
Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker about when to add in chopped fruit and nuts in the mixing and freezing process. Or soften your already made ice cream and add in the ingredients.

Apple Ice Cream

Use the above basic recipe (but scaled to one pint), or softened already made ice cream. Also add in:
Substitute ½ of the cups of honey with apple juice
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup chopped walnuts

If you’re using softened already made ice cream, do not over mix when you add these in. Then re-freeze and it’s ready to serve.

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
1 cup of juice-packed crushed pineapple (just slightly drain off some juice)
1 cup grated, unsweetened coconut
Taste the mixture before freezing. You can always increase amounts of ingredients if you want more of a particular flavor. Mix together and freeze well.

Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made, according the the following process:
¼ cup honey
½ cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons more of lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons finely minced lemon peel

In a pan on the stove top, heat the honey and ½ cup lemon juice to boiling. Separately, mix together well the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and cornstarch. Then add in to the boiling mixture. Remove from heat. Add the lemon peel. Cool the mixture quickly by setting the pan over a bowl of ice. Then stir into the ice cream and freeze. Or re-freeze if you’re using already made.

Peach and Honey Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups of peeled, diced peaches (frozen or canned is fine)
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with ripe, peeled peaches mashed, and flavored with honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon.

Fresh Strawberry

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with chocolate or strawberry sauce and more fresh strawberries.

Learning how to make ice cream the easy way makes really fun elderly activities. And almost anyone can eat the results. Just plan it a little ahead of time if you’re using an electric ice cream maker, so it will be ready. It’s worth the effort and the wait! And the sky is the limit with what you can do to dress up ice cream.

After you learn how to make ice cream…
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Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Raved-About Easy Pecan Pie — This is an old family recipe that has been around for over 50 years, and is very unique (with a surprise sweetener). It’s always raved about, and people say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And easy! Just takes a few minutes to prepare — and a is a true no-brainer!
All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe — This all natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage and use chocolate in a healthy dessert? Learn our special recipe here.

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Snacking seems to be a favorite past time for all ages. Everybody loves to snack. But on what? For seniors especially, who can be light eaters, healthy snacks are nutritionally important.
So how do you handle nibbling and snacking?

Dips, spreads, fruit, veggies, appetizers, healthy chips and crackers. Salads and soups too. Snacking is often done not just for parties and fun, but out of boredom as well. This is especially true for seniors of all ages (and baby boomers).  However, as it has been said, we are what we eat. Including our snacks.

This page is all about more healthy snack recipes, and gives further ideas directly from our readers — telling about what they make for healthy snacks. A good way to sneak in a little extra nutrition! See how you might modify these to fit your needs.

You can share your favorite snack recipes below. It’s easy — just jump in below and start typing! Showcase and share yours. Scroll down a little further and you will see the listing of snack submissions we have received. Then enjoy!

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This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).

Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.

So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes

Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe


1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)

Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.

Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.

It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.

When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.

Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.

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Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious! And many are perfect for adding cranberries to.

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fruit salad with pear mice

This pear salad mouse is both healthy and fun to create (and eat) for parties, family, or friends. Fresh pears are available all year, but it’s certainly okay to used canned fruit, as we did in this sample.

We do recommend unsweetened fruit packed in water, rather than in heavy syrup, which is overly sugary. Low sugar intake, as you know, is best for elderly nutrition, especially for those with elderly issues that require more carefully watched diets.

Like our other simple fruit salad characters, this pear salad mouse is both a recipe and a craft! So they make great senior activity ideas.

There are ways to enhance it as well, by adding a fruit dressing, or having the mice sit atop a mound of fruit waldorf salad, a cheesy type salad, or a slaw. Your choice. This is just the basics!

Pear Salad Mouse

You will need:

  • Several pieces of romaine lettuce, or other greens
  • Two pears halves, fresh or canned
  • 4 dried banana slices for ears
  • Squirt frosting in a tube (to use as “glue”)
  • 4 candies for eyes, or raisins
  • 2 mini pink marshmallows, for noses
  • 2 long slices of orange rind, or narrow pieces of string cheese, for tails
  • Pieces of cheese as garnishments for the mice (wrapped mini cheese, string cheese, sliced or cubed cheese)

On the plate, create the bedding for the mice by spreading down the greens on your salad plate.

If you’re going to use a mound of slaw or fruit salad, put it on the plates as this point. Then add the two pear halves side by side. If you’re using canned pears, pat them dry with a paper towel first. The small end is the head.

To decorate each pear salad mouse, make a slit on each side of the head for the ears, and insert the dried banana slices. Use squirt frosting to adhere the eyes, and the marshmallow nose.

For the tail, I just simple laid one end under the body of the mouse, not bothering to attach it. However, you could make a slit in the back end of the pear to insert the tail.

Finally, arrange the cheese on the plate around the mice. Any kind will do. Mice, after all, love any kind of cheese.

Also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — The easy way!Features more fruit mice, which can also be added to desserty type salads! Fun decorating projects too!
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Mini Mouse Crafts –Mice themes are always popular. And ours even include crafts with candy, as well as fun chocolate crafts.

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