As DIYers, we’re always on the lookout for the next best thing in wedding décor. Ditto desserts and favors. With this edible chocolate centerpiece (yes, chocolate), you can surprise your guests with something pretty to look at and something yummy to eat, therefore killing two birds with one very nice stone.
- Fresh fruit (strawberries and bananas work best)
- Chocolate (I prefer dark, but milk chocolate and white chocolate are also great options)
- Colored candy melts
- Microwave safe bowls or double boiler
- Wax paper
- Wooden skewers (check the floral aisle at your local craft store to find green ones)
- Greenery (real or artificial)
- Block of Styrofoam to fit inside your vase
Step 1: Prepare your base by wedging your Styrofoam into your vase. For this project, you’ll want some rather relatively low and wide as tall, spindly vases will fall over.
Step 2: Add about half a dozen stems of greenery to your vase by poking their stems directly into the Styrofoam.
Step 3: Prepare your fruit by removing all strawberry stems and cutting the bananas into bit sized pieces. If you want to wash your fruit first (which you probably should) be sure to dab it dry with a tea towel or paper napkin. Then, skewer each piece of fruit individually.
Step 4: Melt your base coat chocolate. You do this in a double boiler or in your microwave. Line a large cookie sheet or tray with wax paper to keep your fruit skewers from sticking to the pan as the chocolate dries.
Step 5: Dip each fruit skewer into the melted chocolate and then place it on your tray to harden. Once the chocolate hardens, you can repeat Step 4 with your accent color candy melts. Drizzle the melted chocolate over each fruit skewer.
Step 6: Arrange the fruit skewers in your vase as if they were flowers. You can add additional greenery as needed.
You can probably guess the final step: place one of your edible centerpieces at each table and invite your guests to dig in! You can also use marshmallows instead of fruit or coat your chocolate skewers with sprinkles, edible pearls, or mini M&Ms.
Just bear in mind that chocolate covered fruit tends to get a bit sticky after a day or two so round up some friends to help with these centerpieces and wait until the last possible moment to create your fruit skewers. To cut down on the prep time, prepare your vases well in advance and use artificial greens. Thrift shops can be a great place to find old vases that are the perfect size and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors, shapes, and sizes when shopping for your base. Using the same colored chocolate for each centerpiece will give them a coordinated look.