Vegantine’s Day Strawberry Love Bugs!

(Pssst… there’s a brand new Valentine’s Day post and it’s loaded with chocolate!)

Brace yourself for the post with the most pictures eva’! It will hog up all your bandwidth! It will break the interwebs! The planet will implode! Took it too far?

Love Bugs!

The Strawberry Love Bugs are back! Remember the ones I made in 2009? These are pretty much the same, except that I printed out their little signs instead of making them by hand.

Which one are you teaming up with?

Which one are you teaming up with for Vegantine’s Day? I *heart* You or Love Stinks? If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you probably know that I always like to throw in a Mr. Grumpy Pants along with the happy faces, you know, for balance. Wanna make some? First you’re going to need to wash and pat dry about a pound of strawberries…

Mmmm... strawberries

Then you’re going to need about two ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. I melt mine in the microwave at half power, stirring every 45 seconds. If you’re a proper double-boiler person, then go for it. Dip the tips of the strawberries in the melted chocolate…


I use bamboo picks to dip them, but you can use regular toothpicks too. Place the strawberries upside down inside a small ramekin or other fairly shallow container…

Letting the chocolate set
A bouquet of bugs-to-be!
Purdy strawberry bouquets!

Refrigerate the strawberries while you make the antennae. The antennae are totally optional, and I’m not going to lie to you, they can be a pain in the gluteus maximus. If you want to make them, check if your melted chocolate needs a few more seconds in the microwave to soften it up. Mine did. Then transfer it to a small ziploc and cut a small tip off one of the corners. You can print out my antennae pattern if you would like to use it, then tape it to a chopping board and tape a piece of wax paper on top of the pattern paper. When you’re ready, use your chocolate-loaded ziploc bag to trace the little swirly antennae. If you have no idea how to do that, check out my chocolate spider-legs video that might paint a clearer picture.

Making antennae

Place the chopping board in the freezer and let’s make some buggy dots! Use the same ziploc to drop little dots all over the tops of the strawberries, except for the heads, of course.


This next step is also optional, but I like to flatten the chocolate dots with a hot (dry!) knife.

Hot knife

Totally optional, and maybe even unnecessary. But I like them better flat…

Flattened dots

Now it’s time to draw some eyes and mouth on’em. I used melted vegan white chocolate chips, but you can also make them with a very stiff powdered sugar and water icing. Use another ziploc to pipe the melted chocolate/sugar icing and draw their little faces. Mr. Grumpy Pants needs a pair of grumpy eyebrows.

Eyes and mouths - white chocolate

Now pipe a little drop of the semi-sweet chocolate in the center (or not!) of each eye. Or you can dip a toothpick into the melted chocolate and then “poke” the center of each eye. Also, this would be a good time to attach the antennae. Use a generous drop of melted chocolate as glue, on top of their heads, and then quickly attach the antennae. If your hands are too hot and the antennae melt in your hands, you can always use some kitchen-only tweezers to grab them.

Eyes - chocolate dots

Now they need their signs! You can make your own or you can print mine out if you want. I *heart* You signs are here, and Love Stinks signs are here. Your choice! Just cut out the signs and tape a toothpick to the back of each sign.


Insert the signs to the top/back of each Love Bug and you’re done!

All signed up

At this point I realized that the leaves were looking a little dry and ugleh, so I trimmed them…

An army of Love Bugs! Ruuuunnnn!
The bunny hop? The buggy hop?
A nice little row of bugs, coming to steal your heart!
I *heart* U on a cupcake! :)
They also make cute cupcake toppers!
Love Stinks on a cupcake!
Even Mr. Grumpy Pants!

Did you guys catch my Gluten-Free Almond Butter Blondies at Go Dairy Free? Alisa is the coolest and she invited me to do another guest post! These are a gluten-free version of my wheat-based almond butter blondies. These wheatless goodies are fudgy, rich, almondy, and they have a yummy crusty top, which is absolutely necessary in a blondie. Amirite or amirite? Thank you, Alisa! :)

Gluten-Free Almond Blondies


  1. Magan W says

    These are just adorable! Planning to make them for my daughter’s Father Daughter Dance this week…having trouble printing out the template and little signs…any suggestions? I can open them in Flikr, but can’t figure out how to print them! Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. says

    Those are just too cute to eat! You are a talented lady!

    I must try your gluten-free goodies. I’m trying to introduce more GF, but the cupcakes I made were so revolting that we threw them out! I just know your recipe will get us back on that horse!

  3. says

    your gluten-free blondies look amazing, River – and i just LOVE the little grumpyfaced love bug. awwww! he needs some cheering up. ahahahahahahaaa! you are too awesome to post such a great tutorial, my friend! i love it! yay!

  4. says

    These are so cute. Might have to save this idea for the summer. It will be five months before strawberries are in season here. So jealous of those in the warmer climates.

  5. says

    Ahahaha :))) I love these bugs :))) Can’t imagine you made those tiny antennae and painted those tiny faces :) They’re adorable! I would immediately fall in love with someone who made me such love bugs!

  6. says

    Show off. You always have to have the cutest, cleverest, smartest little lovebugs on the Internet. :D I’m a big fan of the antennae. That may be my favorite part. (Or should I say “parts?”) And your gluten-free blondies make me want to go gluten-free. I think I’m going to have to make some asap.

  7. says

    I so so SOOOOO love these! They are totally adorable! If strawberries are still on sale at Target I am SO making these for Vday! Thanks so much for the cutest Vday recipe ever!


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