Saturday, June 9, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped Strawberries are so easy to make. Yet I see them being sold for a fortune all over the place. I love this time of year because the strawberries are so huge down here in California, and you can get them for next to nothing. $0.99 for a huge tub of them. There is rarely a day that goes by that they are not in something I make, or at least serve them on the side at breakfast or lunch. You only need 3 ingredients for basic chocolate dipped strawberries. 4 if you are going for the kind with the white chocolate drizzle. If you have a microwave, Chocolate Chips, Strawberries and Crisco, you are not far away from having great Chocolate dipped Strawberries. 

Gluten Free Chocolate dipped Strawberries
one 12 ounce bag Chocolate Chips -or- 12 ounces high quality semi sweet chocolate
1 1/2 tablespoons shortening (according to celiac.com crisco is glutenfree)
1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

Rinse and tap dry your fresh ripe strawberries. 
Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
In a small microwave proof dish add the chocolate and shortening. Microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes, take out and stir and do another minute on 50% power. Take out immediately and stir constantly  until smooth. 
Holding Strawberries by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
Place on a flat surface covered in parchment paper to cool.
Once cool you can eat, or you can drizzle melted white chocolate on top. 
Here is a recent picture of my Celiac daughter Taylor celebrating her birthday with gluten free strawberry cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries. 

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