Sorry for the brief food-blogging hiatus. I went to San Diego again to visit my sister. When I Got back, it seemed like there were a million things to do, including making snacks for our office valentine’s day party. Immediately I thought of chocolate covered strawberries.
If you are looking for an easy crowd pleasing snack, it doesn’t get much easier than these chocolate covered goodies. I know what you are thinking – messing with fondue pots or double boilers trying to get the perfect melted chocolate isn’t exactly easy. That is why I skip all of that! All you have to do is add a tiny bit of vegetable oil to chocolate chips (or broken pieces), then microwave it a few seconds at a time and presto, you have perfectly melted dipping chocolate.
I had to sneak in a photo of one of the beaches we visited in San Diego (Coronado, I believe). It is so beautiful there and the people are so nice. Not to mention there is a bakery and a sushi restaurant on practically every block!
This method of microwave melting has worked with every type of chocolate I’ve tried, no need to buy special baker’s chocolate. The only downside is that you have to work fast, which is why I only melt a small amount at a time (about 1/3 cup of chips) so that it doesn’t start to harden up before I can use it all.
If you wanted to, you could easily make these very fancy by adding nuts, or decorating with a combination of white and dark chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Fruit and Pretzels
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or broken pieces, any variety is fine)
- 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- strawberries, oranges, pretzels, bananas, pears, anything you wish to cover in chocolate!
|1.||Peel and/or Wash and dry your fruit. If you wish to drizzle the chocolate, lay pieces out onto parchment paper. Otherwise just lay out enough paper so it's ready.|
|2.||Put chocolate chips in a small dish and mix in vegetable oil. Microwave for 25 seconds, then stir it and microwave for another 15 seconds, stir again.|
|3.||Quickly dip fruit in chocolate then set it to dry on the parchment paper. Alternatively, drizzle chocolate with a spoon or scoop it into a plastic bag then snip off a small corner to pipe it on. Allow the chocolate to set for at least 45 minutes before moving.|