Chocolate covered strawberries are so good, especially if the strawberries are big, ripe and sweet. As much as I love chocolate in any form, I’ve never melted it at home to coat berries or even Easter eggs! Since I had a gigantic bag of chocolate chips, (that my hubby bought at Costco thinking I would make him 20 batches of cookies…didn’t happen) I decided to try melting the chips and coating strawberries and blueberries. It’s my version of health food.
I had to do a little search to find out how to melt chocolate chips.
I found that you need to add shortening to the chips and it’s good to coat the chips before you start to melt them. To 2 ½ cups of chips I added 2 Tablespoons of shortening. The microwave works fine for melting chocolate, but I chose to use my vintage Pyrex double boiler just because I like using it.
I kept the heat on low to simmer the water and kept stirring until it was completely melted. At this point I may have eaten a spoonful of the melted goodness!
Using a wooden skewer I dipped the berries in the chocolate. The fruit has to be really dry…something about the chocolate seizing up.
Sorry for the quality of this picture, at this point my hands were coated in chocolate too. After a couple attempts at making chocolate blueberry clusters, I decided the best way is to place the berries in a pile on a piece of parchment and cover them melted chocolate, then separate a cluster of about 5 or 6 berries from the pile. It’s very messy!
I used my teacup pedestal, embellished with Valentine’s ribbon, to serve the berries.
I may have over-dipped them but that makes them even more yummy!
Have you ever dipped fruit in chocolate? What your best method?
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