What is it about the simplicity of chocolate covered fruit that makes us all smile? With Valentine’s day around the corner I wanted to share one of the most popular treats – with a few of my little twists. I always use the best chocolate and I had tons of fun with the toppings as you can see. Treat yourself, your kids or your grown up Valentine to these small, delightful indulgences. After an overwhelming response to my Raspberry Cream Cheese Pan-Crepes, I thought that we should dive a bit further into Valentine’s goodies.
There is so much more than strawberries out there when it comes to dipping. Sure those are delicious, but so is citrus, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, bananas, apples, etc. Come to think of it there is not much I don’t love dipped in chocolate. My friend Damaris just wrote a lovely post about family fondue night. It was a great inspiration to start melting blocks of our favorite treat.
OK, so these mandarins are not on sticks (they kept sliding off) but they sure were tasty anyway and easy to hold in your fingers when dipping. I added some stevia granules and dried orange rind to some and rock salt to others. The salt was way much – I would change that idea to coarse rock sugar next time.
Some of the chocolate I spiced up with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon for a playful flavor twist. You can use your favorite kind of chocolate. From dark to milk and even white, have it your way. I love unsweetened 99% that I sweeten myself with stevia. My kids enjoyed when I brought these treats to school at pick-up. They too love the dark, rich stuff like their mama!
You know what is the best part about chocolate dipped fruit? It takes just a few minutes to make & it tastes heavenly with virtually no effort at all.
My favorites were the blueberries. There was the perfect ratio of chocolate to fruit & they are so easy to pop in your mouth. If you use larger fruits such as bananas or apples, simply cut to bite sized pieces before you dip. Not rocket science and that makes it all the more fun.
What is your favorite fruit to dip ? Do you have any special flavors you add or special touches?
- Your favorite Chocolate (about 1 ounce per person)
- Your favorite fruits: dried, fresh etc. A mix of fruit is fun. think beyond strawberries.
- Toppings (the sky is the limit!): Sprinkles, Toasted Nuts, Coarse Sugar, Stevia Granules, Brown Sugar, Maple Sugar, Cacao Nibs, etc
- Spices: any or a few of the following ground spices are delicious in chocolate. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cayenne, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, All Spice
- Wash and dry all fruit. If you are using any large fruit (apples, bananas) be sure to cut them into bite sized pieces. Have toppings handy in small bowls. In a medium sauce pan bring 1 inch of water to a rolling boil.
- Put desired amount of chocolate in a heat safe metal bowl. This bowl is going to nest inside the saucepan, be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water inside. Reduce heat to a simmer and put chocolate nesting bowl on top of the saucepan. Chocolate will gradually melt. Stir with a spatula and add stevia or any spices. Leave chocolate over simmering water bath while you dip fruit so it does not harden. Pierce berries and other fruits onto skewers, dip in chocolate. If the pieces of fruit are large enough you can gently dip holding with your fingers. Roll in toppings.
- Use your favorite chocolate to melt. Some melt better than others. You need to experiment. I love unsweetened dark 99% cacao and I sweeten it to taste with stevia powder or drops.
- Spice or don't spice, up to you and your taste preference.
- I like the bain marie (water bath) method to melt chocolate. This is the most gentle way to melt it. If you prefer the microwave you can do that too.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit Recipe Links
- Citrus Chocolate Covered Strawberries Grin and Bake It
- Chocolate Dipped Clementines How Sweet It Is
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries Skinny Taste
- Chocolate Dipped Fruit The Urban Spork
- Family Fondue Night Kitchen Corners
- How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries Savory Sweet Life
- Tortured Strawberries Perry’s Plate