Totally Bucolic (Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Persephonie, the ancient, alien, cow-goddess from Helios, is back.   I found her business card on the street.  It says, “Want to lose 10 pounds in 5 days? Sorry, can’t help you.   Eat a  chocolate covered strawberry instead!”

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

8-10 large fresh strawberries

16 oz. dark or milk chocolate, chopped

powdered sugar (optional)

6 oz. white chocolate (optional)

Rinse and dry strawberries. Set aside.  Prepare a double boiler to melt chocolate (or alternatively, melt chocolate in a microwave).  If using a microwave, place chopped chocolate in a microwave safe container and use medium power for 2 to 4 minutes, until the chocolate turns shiny.   If using milk chocolate, stir chocolate at 1 minute intervals to prevent it from becoming grainy.  Remove chocolate from microwave and stir until completely melted.  Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and place on parchment or foil lined baking sheet.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Place strawberries on a plate and dust with powdered sugar.  Another option:  while strawberries are being chilled in the refrigerator, melt 6 oz. white chocolate in a  double boiler or microwave.  Spoon white chocolate into a small plastic zippered storage bag.  Snip off a small corner of the bag. Drizzle white chocolate over strawberries.  Place strawberries back  in refrigerator to chill for at least 15 more minutes.   Serve.  (Bonus:  Re-purpose any leftover chocolate for hot chocolate or pour over ice cream.)

choccovdstrawberries by Akuokuo Vallis

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