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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Chocolate-covered Strawberries

Fresh summer strawberries are delicious all on their own, but when you want a fun summer treat there's nothing so easy, and at the same time fancy, as chocolate-covered strawberries!  We love to make them using the wonderful fresh summer PEI strawberries when we have family visit. I prefer making them with a high-quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate, but you can use a high-quality milk chocolate (though it tends to be a little more difficult to dip unless you add a little light oil).  These are a hit anytime we make them. Delicious!  Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries - ready for eating! 

Chocolate-covered Strawberries

Wash and thoroughly dry fresh strawberries.  Make sure they are very, very well dried.

You can either leave the green ends on or cut them off if you'd rather your berries stand up (as in the picture below).

Melt a small bowl of high quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate at 50% power in the microwave.  It's best to melt the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time and then stir.  You don't want to overheat the chocolate, since it can burn easily.   It's best to have chocolate partially melted and then continue mixing until the chocolate is completely melted, this keeps the chocolate from being too hot.  

Cover a plate or small tray with parchment paper.

Hand-dip each strawberry in chocolate, carefully placing on the tray.  It can be placed however you like, depending on whether you left the stem on the strawberries or trimmed them.

If desired, melt a little white or milk chocolate.  Put in a ziploc bag, trim the edge and drizzle the top of the dipped strawberries.

Place completed strawberries in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill and fully set.  These are best served within a day of making them, though if you use very fresh strawberries and they are thoroughly dried, they will often last two or three days.  Enjoy!
Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries\
Washed and well-dried strawberries with stems trimmed.  Dipped strawberries on parchment paper.  Chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with white chocolate. 
Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries
A beautiful collection of local PEI strawberries hand-dipped in dark chocolate. Yum! 

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