Nothing appeals to me more than dark chocolate strawberries or other fruits dipped in chocolate. They make me feel as though I am eating something healthy but also have the decadence of a rich dessert. With Christmas right around the corner, what could be a more perfect treat than these dark chocolate strawberries that you made yourself?
One of the keys to perfect chocolate dipped strawberries is a silky and smooth dark chocolate coating recipe. It must be shiny and rich with a wonderful taste and just the right consistency.
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Are chocolate strawberries healthy?
Strawberries are, of course, one of the healthy foods that Mother Nature has treated us with. They are full of vitamins, naturally sweet and low in calories. But what happens when we add a normal diet killer – chocolate – to them?
Chocolate has some health benefits. As long as we don’t overindulge in it, it can be a boost to health. Dark chocolate, in particular, has lots of antioxidants and is known to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
They key to the healthy part is limiting the amount we eat. Fortunately, dipping strawberries in dark chocolate is an exercise in portion control because of their size.
As long as you don’t eat too many of these dark chocolate strawberries, you can fit them into any reasonable diet plan. Using my coating mix and large strawberries, each one works out to just 43 calories!
Learn How to Make your Own Dark Chocolate coating.
A tray of chocolate strawberries can be the highlight of any dessert table. They look very festive and make a wonderful hostess gift.
The nicest part of dark chocolate strawberries is the flavor of the coating, don’t you think?
Dark chocolate coating with baking powder
You can always use baking chocolate and add some sweetener to it, but my recipe combines the flavors of organic cocoa powder, coconut milk, vanilla and stevia for sweetness. It makes a luscious coating that is to die for.
This recipe for dark chocolate coating is easy to make and will be much cheaper than premium store bought baking chocolate, but still has loads of flavor.
Which strawberries should I choose?
Chocolate strawberries purchased from a retail location can be quite pricey. But with a little bit of patience and a few simple supplies, you can have a plate of these beauties gracing your holiday or Valentine’s day dessert table.
Start with plump ripe strawberries. The bigger ones are easier to handle when you get to the coating stage. They will likely also have a larger area of green leaves which makes them easy to hold on to when you dip them.
One of the keys to dipping chocolate it to make sure the melted chocolate is the right consistency. It should be glistening and very dark with a medium thickness. Too thick and the coating will not be delicate enough on the strawberries.
Tools for dipping chocolates
If the coating is too thin, it will quickly run off the strawberries and not stick to them. At this stage, no amount of waiting time will make the chocolate adhere to the berries. Get the consistency right from the beginning for perfectly dipped dark chocolate strawberries.
A candy dipping set is an aid, but once you have dipped strawberries a few times, you will be able to use a fork, or even just the leafy tops to hold on to.
Once the berries are dipped, a silicone mat, wax paper or parchment paper is a good way to keep them looking good until you are ready to display them.
Mini cupcake holders are the perfect size to hold the strawberries after they have been dipped, and they add a pretty touch to your dessert table presentation.
You can find these with holiday designs on them, making the dipped strawberries easy to display for any festive occasion.
I love to use these mini liners in a decorative box. They make a lovely homemade Christmas gift.
Dipping tips for dark chocolate strawberries
When you are done making the coating mixture, the next step is to dip them. Fortunately, a strawberry has its own dipping tool – the leafy top part.
Pull the leaves up and dip into your mixture and you’ll have the perfect sweet treat in just seconds.
They look pretty just dipped into chocolate with the green leaves and top red part of the strawberry showing.
This is the easiest and quickest way to dip strawberries in chocolate. It takes just minutes and you’ll have a special treat ready for your party guests.
But don’t stop there! Once the dark chocolate has set, I love to drizzle them with some melted white chocolate for a more professional touch.
This is easily done by adding the melted white chocolate to an icing bag fitted with a decorating tip.
You can even add the white chocolate to a zip lock bag and snip off the corner to make your own icing bag!
You can also reverse the colors! Dip first in white chocolate and then drizzle with the melted dark chocolate coating placed in a piping bag. Lots of color combinations are possible.
Another creative way of combining the two types of chocolate is to dip first in dark chocolate and then dip just the tip in melted white chocolate.
Dipping the tips of the strawberries while the chocolate is still warm is another pretty way to decorate them.
If you have a station set up when you are dipping the chocolates, you can also easily dip the still wet tips into sprinkles for an additional bit of decoration and texture.
Bits of coconut and crushed nuts are also a good choice.
There are also so many varieties of Christmas sprinkles that can be used to dip the tips into.
See some more tips for drizzling chocolate strawberries here.Whichever way you choose to decorate them, the result will be a healthy and decadent end to any holiday celebration. They also make the perfect romantic end to a Valentine’s day meal with your special someone!
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Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in April of 2013. I have updated the post with all new photos, more dipping tips, a printable recipe card for the coating and a video for you to enjoy.
- Coconut Oil - 1/2 Cup
- Organic Cocoa Powder - 1/4 – 1/2 Cup
- Coconut Milk - 1/4 Cup
- Dash of Sea Salt
- Vanilla And Stevia To Taste - 1Teaspoon
- Strawberries (or any fruit you like)
- Heat the oil on med/high to a thin consistency.
- Next, add cocoa, coconut milk, vanilla, and the salt. It will thicken when you add the coconut milk so keep it warm while you add the stevia a little bit at a time.
- Once you are satisfied with the taste, take it off the heat and pour it into molds or spread on a small plate and freeze. Even if left at room temp if will harden because of the coconut oil.
- Melt the frozen cubes when ready to use and dip strawberries or your favorite fruit into it.
If the mixture gets too sweet, just add extra coconut milk.
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Silicone Baking Mats, OKeanu Non-stick Silicone Macaron Baking Mat Sheet for Bake Pans and Rolling- Set of 4 Reusable Silicone Liner (2 Half Sheets and 2 Quarter Sheets)
Wilton Candy Melts Candy Decorating Set - 5-Piece Candy Dipping Tools Set - 3-prong Dipping fork, Cradling Spoon, Spear, Slotted Spoon and Drizzling Scoop
Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Organic Cacao Powder, 2 Lbs (2 Pack) - Raw | Keto | Vegan
Serving Size:coating for one large strawberry
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.