Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Chocolate Bark

Earlier this month I begged my mother to buy me some strawberries and she finally gave in. To my surprise one afternoon, I found in the fridge a huge case of fresh, ripe strawberries. There were so many berries that I feared majority of them would rot! So I decided to freeze half and save them for my smoothie making and the other half would simply be eaten fresh.

As a thanks to my mom, in return I wanted to surprise her! So one afternoon when she returned home from work she found these lovely chocolate covered strawberries awaiting her in the refrigerator. After consuming her first strawberry, she claimed it tasted better than the ones from Godiva! Honestly I didn't do much but melt some chocolate. Maybe it's because they were made with love that caused them to taste so delicious? :3

If you're wondering what ingredients I used:

  • Strawberries from Costco
  • Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate chips

Yep. Just those two items. And here are the directions:
  1. Wash strawberries in cold water and set aside. (You can place them back into the refrigerator or freezer to keep them chilled until you're chocolate is fully melted.)
  2. Use a double boiler to melt chocolate. Constantly stir so that chocolate melts evenly and doesn't burn! (Careful not to get any water mixed in with the chocolate!)
  3. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate, and gently place onto a flat surface covered with parchment paper. (You want to complete this step fairly quickly since hotter chocolate achieves that smooth appearance, whereas lukewarm chocolate results in a more rugged/rough texture.)
  4. Place strawberries in refrigerator or freezer to cool or eat them while they're still hot! Enjoy! :3

If you run out of strawberries, but still have extra chocolate, have no fear! That lovely chocolate won't be wasted! Use the rest for a fondue! Dip any other fruits you have around the house in there. Bananas, kiwis, pineapple, you name it! Also try adding some baked goods, such as pound cake or doughnuts! Even potato chips will work! (Trust me, chocolate covered chips are soooo good! I tried Royce's white chocolate potato chips, better known as their Fromage Blanc, and instantly fell in love!)

But lets say you don't have anything to dip in your chocolate, fear not since there's still a solution! You can make chocolate bark out of it! Here's what I did:

  • Melted Chocolate
  • Almonds (preferably crushed)
  • Sea salt

  1. (If you already have crushed almonds, you can skip this step.) Place almonds into a Ziplock bag and smash until almonds pieces are at desired size.
  2. Sprinkle crushed almonds and salt into melted chocolate.
  3. Mix until evenly incorporated.
  4. Pour melted chocolate mixture onto a flat surface covered with parchment paper and smooth it out into whatever shape you want. (Chocolate mixture should be thinly dispersed, about 1 cm thick, or to desired thickness.)
  5. Place into refrigerator or freezer to chill.
  6. Enjoy! :3

You can always substitute the almonds for a different type of nut if you'd like, such as cashews or peanuts, or you can switch it for something completely different like dried fruits or potato chips. ;3

Or you can just skip the adding of anything and simply have 'pure' chocolate. I definitely suggest making chocolate covered strawberries and then some chocolate barks since they're a nice treat to share with loved ones!

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