Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Although I do not crave chocolate often, there is nothing as irresistible as a perfectly strawberry dipped into dark chocolate. Here in Florida, strawberries are in season and are sweet, plump, and perfect for dipping. I prefer dark chocolate with at least 77% cocoa and for the best results, you should temper your chocolate to create a firm shell when dipping fruit. Though there are a few different methods for tempering chocolate, I find the method below to be the easiest.

Why Healthy

  • Dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant and antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.
  • Strawberries are rich in flavonoids that help counter cell damage reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. As well, strawberries contain important antioxidants that help reduce inflammation.

 

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients:

3 Ounces Quality Dark Chocolate, Chopped
12 Large Strawberries

Directions:

Microwave 2/3 of the chocolate in a small bowl on medium for 1 minute, stir, then continue
microwaving on in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each period until chocolate reaches 110 degrees F.
Or place 2/3 of the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water, and stir until melted and until chocolate reaches 110 degrees F.
Place the top pan of the double boiler on a towel, and cool to 95°-100°F.
Add the remaining one-third of chocolate to the pan, stirring continuously until melted.
Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate, and place on sheets of parchment paper to harden.

 

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