Gourmet Foods 101
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Luscious, Succulent Sensations

If you love strawberry and you also love chocolate, you must be think you are in heaven when eating a chocolate covered strawberry. These sweet and juicy delicacies are a favorite with people of all ages, especially at Valentines Day with a bottle of champagne. Chocolate covered strawberries may vary from store to store, as different chocolate may be used to coat the strawberries.

The term cooking chocolate generally refers to pure, unsweetened chocolate, which is usually used in baking, icings, sauces and candy. It isn't really suitable for eating by itself, as it is considered to be too bitter. Of course, this is a personal preference.

Sometimes bittersweet or semisweet chocolate is also referred to as cooking chocolate as semisweet chocolate is also used in baking, icings, sauces, coatings and candy.

Ordinary chocolate generally refers to milk chocolate or semisweet (dark) chocolate.

Milk Chocolate has powdered milk solids added to it and it is mostly used for eating, but it is sometimes used in baking and coatings, such as for chocolate covered strawberries, etc.

If you want to make your own chocolate covered strawberries, remember to make sure the strawberries are dry. Even the slightest amount of moisture can spoil an entire batch of chocolate. If it's a humid day, you may want to wait until another time. If you want to use a microwave to melt the chocolate, place the chocolate in a plastic bowl and microwave it on medium power for a few seconds at a time, stirring gently until it is melted. You can also put the chocolate in a plastic bowl and place it in gently simmering water and stir it. If you use the stovetop place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Never place chocolate directly in a pan over heat. Make sure the chocolate doesn't get too hot or it may burn and seize.

12 strawberries, with stalks on
1 cup of dark, milk or white chocolate to melt or 1/3 cup of each variety of chocolate
  1. Cover an oven tray with aluminum foil or baking paper.
  2. Wash the strawberries and dry them thoroughly on paper towels.
  3. Melt the dark, milk or white chocolate in your microwave oven or on your stovetop.
  4. Hold the strawberries by the stalk and dip them into the melted chocolate.
  5. Place the chocolate dipped strawberries on the tray.
  6. Leave the strawberries until the chocolate sets. When it has set, you can eat these treats immediately or refrigerate them and use within four hours.
  7. If you'd prefer to have a colorful variety of chocolate covered strawberries then dip four strawberries into one type of chocolate and four others into a different chocolate, etc.

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