Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What Took You So Long?

Maybe the 17th century Swiss Fondue with melted cheese was an earlier influence.  More likely, dessert fondue from the 60’s with melted chocolate spawned these bundles of deliciousness.  Along with spring showers, April brings ripe, red strawberries to market. While fresh strawberries are available year-round, nothing beats the in-season berries that appear from April through June.  Peak season for North America is April to June. Due to the flexibility of the growing seasons in Mexico, California and Florida, and importation from reverse-season areas like South America, strawberries are available pretty much year-round.

Here are a few tips to ensure you will have scrumptious results:

Purchasing

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries with fresh green caps. If packaged in a container, check the bottom for bruised, moldy or shriveled berries.
  • Sort the berries before storing them, discarding any that are moldy or bruised. Without washing or hulling them, refrigerate in a covered container for 2 to 3 days.

Prepping

  • Wash strawberries just before using them to preserve flavor. Simply give them a quick, gentle rinse in cold water. Gently pat dry with paper towels.

And Now for the Dipping!

Ingredients

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

3 ounces white chocolate, chopped

1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

Directions

Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate microwave-safe bowls.   Melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle  the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

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2 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Strawberries”

  1. August 15, 2011 at 2:02 am #

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    • Chocolate Guru
      August 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      Share away! Thanks!

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