Nothing gets the kids excited more than making sweets in the kitchen. Add dipping delicious berries on sticks to the mix and you’ll have yourself ecstatic little ones. Since a friend at work had a birthday this week and I knew she wasn’t eating dairy or grains, I offered to bring in dark chocolate covered strawberries instead of the traditional office cake. Needless to say, the boys were happy to help!
- Making chocolate covered strawberries isn't particularly hard, so I kind of winged it. Stacy called me at about One P.M. and told me the plan, so I didn't have time to go for any higher cacao content than 60% dark chocolate chips, available at our local grocery store.
- I melted about a pound (use less for less strawberries) of it in a double boiler on the stove top with two tablespoons of palm shortening (helps the chocolate to set and harden). You could add a flavor extract at that point if you wished, but I did not.
- As I got grocery store strawberries, they did not have the long stems that you would usually use for this process. Instead the boys and I skewered them for the dipping. We ended up dipping 3 lbs. of strawberries. Pop the sticks off and they're hard and ready to eat in 15-30 minutes.
Then… try to have patience while the chocolate sets!