Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

IMG_0529Sometimes you just gotta have something sweet.  Of course, chocolate dipped strawberries are a classic and don’t require much of a recipe but I always find myself forgetting about making them.  But geez, once I do, I wonder why they weren’t at the forefront of my mind.  So here is your reminder…go make some chocolate dipped strawberries!

Here’s what you’ll need:

12 Strawberries (washed & dried)
1 bar Ghirardelli 70% or 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate
1 tbsp. Heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp. instant coffee granules

Give the chocolate bar a rough chop then add it to a double boiler.  For me, a double boiler consists of a glass cooking bowl placed on top of a pot that is filled with about 2 inches of water and brought to a low boil.  Then I add about 1 tbsp. of heavy cream and 1/4 tsp. of instant coffee (it has to be INSTANT coffee).  The instant coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor and…wow!  Mix chocolate until smooth. Dip the strawberries in the mixture and place on wax paper until dry.  If you’re feeling a little crazy and have some leftover chocolate, go ahead and try dipping some pineapple pieces or even some apple slices.  Or if you have a different kind of chocolate, you can melt a little bit of that and use a spoon to drizzle a layer on top of the fruit like I did in the picture below.

That’s it!  So easy, so yummy, and hopefully so unforgettable 🙂

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