So, V-day approacheth, and you’re still drawing a blank on what to do for that special someone? Well, how about an easy, high-impact gesture that’s bound to score you high romance points? Chocolate-dipped fruit are a dessert that immediately classes up a joint – and can be whipped up quickly too!
What you need:
- fruit (strawberries are classic, but clementines and pineapples are really great too!)
- cookie sheet covered with wax paper
Step 1: Melting the chocolate
There are two ways to do this – using a pot of boiling water and a metal bowl, you can create a double boiler with which to melt your chocolate (Never put it over direct heat in a pot); or you can microwave it. In the interests of keeping it easy, I opted for the latter. You should set your microwave to half-power, and nuke it for about a minute, and stir, then give it an extra 30 seconds.
Here’s a tip: either use chocolate chips, or chop up the chocolate to make it easier to melt.
Step 2: Dipping the fruit
Ensure that your fruit is clean and DRY – we patted down our strawberries with paper towels. You want to be sure that no water gets into your chocolate – if it does, your chocolate will “seize”, and instead of pretty smooth chocolate berries, they’ll be all lumpy. I recommend using a twirling motion to get a nice smooth finish on the chocolate. Once you’re happy with the coverage, put the fruit down onto your wax paper-covered cookie sheet. If you’re unhappy with how it looks, consume immediately and try again
Fun option: melt white chocolate in a ziplock bag, and snip the corner to make a hand-held drizzler (some tutorials suggest using a fork or spoon, but that proved to not give a nice even drizzle; maybe top with some coconut shavings?
Step 3: Chill
Once you’ve dipped and drizzled your fill, place the cookie sheet in the fridge, and kick back with a glass of wine for about half an hour, at which point they’ll be ready to pull off the wax paper. If you want to make this a day or two in advance, they can be stored in a container in the fridge, separated by layers of wax paper.
While I liked the strawberries best with the dark chocolate, I found that the milk chocolate clementines were kind of amazing…feel free to experiment, and have fun!