This is one of the foods that is pretty silly to buy instead of making. Although it can be a little time consuming, they are easy to make and the benefit of using organic strawberries is huge. If you look into the pesticide residue that remains on washed, conventionally grown strawberries you will join me in never eating or feeding them to your children ever again.
Strawberries are repeatedly number one on The Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of foods. They should only be eaten if homegrown or organic due to the high levels of pesticides sprayed on conventionally grown strawberries. Make sure you buy organic.
On top of the chemical storm of store bought chocolate covered strawberries, they are wildly expensive in comparison to buying the ingredients yourself. If you are giving these as a gift, consider that the time making them for someone is so much more meaningful than if you were to buy the nasty store made ones.
If you are not into strawberries or can’t find organic, you can dip kiwi slices, clementine pieces, pretzels, mix the chocolate with a variety of dried fruits and nuts… whatever would make those you love happy! Just make sure whatever you choose doesn’t have too much moisture so the chocolate will properly adhere.
8 oz your favorite chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
1lb organic strawberries, cleaned and completely dried
- In a double boiler or glass bowl on top of a small pot of steaming hot water, place chocolate pieces and stir until almost completely melted. Take off heat source and stir until fully melted to prevent overheating the chocolate. Take it slow, that is the key to properly tempered chocolate that will have a crisp bite to it and become shiny when dry.
- Dip each piece of fruit in the chocolate, then place on a piece of parchment paper.
- Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
You can take it a step further with decorations like white chocolate drizzle, crushed toasted nuts or shredded coconut. Let the kids get involved, it’s one of those things that they love to help with in the kitchen, making the treat that much more special.
Many people use coconut oil for dipping chocolate. This is not necessary when you properly, slowly temper the chocolate.