by Viki Papadakis
As the weather warms and midterms forcefully sprout their way out of the Folsom Lake College soil, it becomes clear that summer will soon be among us. With this change of season, we must leave the decadent sweets of the holidays behind us and find something that will not only satisfy our sweet tooth, but will also allow us get closer to attaining our desired summer figure.
Fortunately, there are a variety of healthy options that will provide us a refreshing yet sweet alternative to the thick, sugar-filled dessert options that always seem to constantly be tempting us. My personal favorite, chocolate-covered strawberries, are nutritious, can be tweaked so that they can appeal to a variety of different people, and are utterly delicious! Chocolate-covered strawberries are perfect for a summer barbeque, a dinner party dessert, or even just a mid-day snack. Whatever your reason, here’s a simple recipe to follow to make these refreshing and healthy treats:
- Ten ounces of chocolate
- Twenty strawberries
1. Using a knife, chop your chocolate into chunks. Thicker
chunks will take longer to melt, but should not pose any other problems.
2. Using a double broiler on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate. Stir the chocolate constantly so that none of the chocolate burns; nothing smells worse than burnt chocolate! To attain a rich, creamy swirl, some people like to add a tablespoon or two of melted butter or oil. I found adding these extra ingredients was unnecessary but if you think it would be in your best interest to do so, simply add a bit of butter or oil to the pot!
3. After making sure that your strawberries are thoroughly washed and dried, dip them into the chocolate. I tend to hold the strawberries from their stems, and dip them so that the chocolate ends a centimeter or two below the stem itself.
4. Put your finished strawberries on a piece of parchment paper. Add whatever toppings you want while the chocolate is still drying. Some ideas for toppings are: crushed Oreos, peanuts, pecans, sprinkles, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, or drizzling white, milk, or dark chocolate on top (depending on what you used for your base chocolate).
5. Put the strawberries in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
6. Put the treats on a platter and enjoy!
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