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a healthy treat: chocolate covered strawberries

1.06.2010

It’s the week after New Years and we’re all trying to be on our best behavior. But if you have a party coming up and don’t want to skimp on the sweets, consider a classic- chocolate covered strawberries. A little fruit & dark chocolate never hurt anyone, and you can consider it a practice run for your upcoming Valentine’s Day plans. If you want to add some crunch while keeping this treat on the healthy side, try rolling the finished berries in crushed pretzel bits or nuts. Place them in mini cupcake liners or a pretty box for serving and you’re good to go!

{image via tlc}

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients
20 or so clean, dry strawberries with stems intact
1/2 lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chips
1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
crushed pretzels or nuts (if desired)

Directions
Place chocolate in the top of a double-boiler or a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir chocolate and oil until melted, about 5 minutes (start with 1 tbsp oil and add more if chocolate is too thick).
Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
Dip strawberries, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Set on paper lined tray and chill for 20 minutes until set. (note: longer than an hour in the refrigerator will cause condensation on the strawberries).

Caroline (January 6, 2010 at 1:34 PM)  

The healthy part is the Chocolate right?!!! And, goodness strawberries are the bad part :)!! I love chocolate dipped strawberries... my favorite!!! Hope your day is lovely.. xo!!

Natalie (January 6, 2010 at 2:34 PM)  

Yum... I'm asking the hubby to bring these home for dessert. Thanks for the inspiration, Becca!

Kelley at My Island Wedding (January 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM)  

oooh! made some of these for new years!!!

hope yours was great...
-kelley

Duchess of Tea (January 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM)  

Darling they look divine, I am craving them...Mmmm!! I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year and that 2010 turns out to be the best year of your life, followed by many more.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Queen "B" (January 7, 2010 at 1:46 AM)  

Aloha, It is amazing to me how some of the most simple pleasures are the most decadent..mmmm..my fav is using white chocolate, but what a classic
Mahalo...New Year Wishes from across the sea
Brandi

Shelley (January 7, 2010 at 6:43 AM)  

Love these! Everyone always love these when I make them!!!
Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts

Little Loveys Mom (January 7, 2010 at 6:46 AM)  

A Favorite for me...I could inhale a plate of those!

Laura (January 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM)  

Just yummy honey. Great minds think alike. Come stop by today for a guilt free fried chicken recipe. Happy New Year!

Heather (January 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM)  

you know what I just tried instead the other night is chocolate covered cherries!

I was super lazy and just melted milk chocolate in the microwave and dipped the cherries in

SO GOOD!

http://www.heatherincandyshop.com

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