So this has been by go to whenever I'm getting that craving for something sweet. And I have to say... it's not a bad... not bad at all (say with an italian accent).
The hubs and I got one of those such cravings the other night and I started digging through the refrigerator to find a FAST solution! In the past I've made some pretty "rustic" chocolate covered strawberries (you know.. the ones where you get chocolate, put it on spoon, and then slab it on a strawberry... it gets the basic job done), but this time I wanted to make smooth ones with the crunch outside. The trick? Coconut oil and mastering the art of the microwave! I learned that if you had a couple teaspoons of coconut oil in with the chocolate and only heat the chocolate chips up in increments of 20 seconds, that you get a deliciously smooth chocolate to dip your strawberries in! Seriously this took me about 5 minutes and the result a very happy tummy and a very happy hubby. Let me know what you think!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 lb. of strawberries
8 oz. dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar (read the label to make sure you have minimal other ingredients)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1. Wash each of the strawberries and then DRY them carefully with a paper towel. It is important that they are completely dried.
2. Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl (glass or ceramic). Try to get a bowl that isn't super wide on the bottom so that you can actually "dip" the strawberries into the chocolate.
3. Microwave the chocolate and coconut oil for in 20 second increments, taking it out and stirring it each time. Continue microwaving it JUST until it is melted. If you overheat it, it will start to get very thick (not the goal). If that happens, a trick is just to add another teaspoon of coconut oil to smooth it out again.
4. Prepare a tray or plate with wax paper on top and dip each of the strawberries into the chocolate mixtures. You may need to lay them down and swirl them a little bit. Pull the strawberry out, let any excess chocolate drip off, and then place on the wax paper. Push the strawberry about 1/2 inch forward to make a smooth finish on the bottom.
5. Let them set for 30 minutes, then enjoy! IF there are any left (I know. CRAZY right?! but just in case) you can cover them and keep in the refrigerator for a couple days. Just know that they look the best after that 30 minute period. When left in the refrigerator, they develop a condensation on them (even if they are covered).
What's your favorite "go to" treat that is simple and easy to make?