These Chocolate Covered Berries are easy to make and an excellent dessert option for any occasion!
- 12 strawberries
- 3 ounces (approximately ½ cup) dark chocolate, bitter sweet, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Microwave chocolate in a small bowl in 10-15 second intervals. Continue microwaving in 10-15 second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Or, place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
- Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate, so that the bottom half of the strawberry is covered. Place on a baking sheet or plate lined with wax or parchment paper to cool.
- For added health benefits, look for dark chocolate with 70% or greater cocoa, which studies have linked to higher health-promoting properties.
- If chocolate is overheated, it becomes grainy or lumpy and it will lose its shine when it hardens. To avoid this, be sure to heat in very short increments or in a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water and stir frequently. Heat just until the chocolate is melted.
- Strawberries were used in the nutrition analysis of this recipe, but if fresh strawberries are not an option, 1 ½ inch chucks of banana slices or dried apricots are good alternatives for dipping in chocolate. These fruits are higher in carbohydrates, however.
Nutrition Information / Servings (4) / Amount Per Serving (3 Berries): Calories 113, Total Fat 6.5 g, Saturated Fat 3.8 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 2.7 mg, Total Carbohydrate 16.4 g, Dietary Fiber 1.9 g, Total Sugars 13 g, Added Sugars 9 g, Protein 1.1 g, Vitamin D 0 ug, Calcium 12.5 mg, Iron 0.8 mg, Potassium 132.7 mg