The grey, post-holiday months of January and February, when happy celebrations feel few and far between are the perfect time to practice your chocolate-dipping skills and bring joy to the kitchen. There are many ways you can enjoy a chocolate-dipped treat; it all depends on how you like your chocolate.
Perhaps you just want to cloak everything in smooth, warm, melted chocolate — in that case, chocolate fondue is for you. You can dip bread, fruit, cookies, or cake into the molten chocolate — but really, chances are whatever you submerge in quality chocolate will be delicious and a joy to eat.
Perhaps you are craving chocolate that is set but still soft, for a bite that gives way with ease as with these chocolate-covered strawberries. Adding a little fat to the melted chocolate — for instance, using cream with the chocolate to make a thick ganache, or adding about a teaspoon of shortening to every half cup of melted chocolate — will give you a smoother, more manageable consistency for dipping. Bonus tip: If you add coconut oil to melted chocolate you’ll have a “magic shell” for your ice cream.
If you want chocolate that is smooth, glossy, and hardens when you leave it to dry, you’ll need to temper it. You can tell that chocolate is tempered if you hear a sharp, clean crack when you break a piece of it. If truffles are on your holiday baking to-do list, tempering is essential.
So make 2018 the year you learn all about cooking with chocolate and then proceed to dip everything you can in chocolate. These 15 chocolate covered recipe are a great place to start.
First, cream cheese, coconut, and shortbread are mixed together and formed into balls. Then, these are rolled in shortbread crumbs and draped in a smooth chocolate and coconut oil concoction.
The title says it all — these chocolately treats are sweet, salty, and savory all at once.
Clementines have a thick enough membrane to keep the fruit’s juice contained (moisture is the enemy of melted chocolate), yet are thin and delicate enough to have a smooth mouthfeel when you take a bite.
This interesting combo would be a fantastic accompaniment to a cheese board. The garlic is roasted until caramelized and sweet, pairing surprising well with chocolate.
Try rolling these chocolate-dipped bananas in coconut flakes or ground almonds for something a bit snazzier.
Chocolate-dipped dried figs are incredibly easy to make but they look elegant on a dessert platter or cheese plate. You are sure to impress your guests with this one.
For the best results, freeze the soft goat cheese rounds before you send them into melted chocolate. These are guaranteed to be delicious.
You would never know that these rich chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons are vegan and gluten-free.
These Latin American-inspired desserts are filled with whipped cookie dough and cream cheese. When they emerge from the oven, they are dipped in peanut butter and then in chocolate, too.
Absolutely perfect for the holidays, these festive, pink-colored, peppermint-flavored marshmallows are dipped in glossy dark chocolate and sprinkled with crunchy peppermint candy.
Instead of just dipping one thing in chocolate, try dipping everything -- and eating it immediately!
Strawberries are a chocolate-covered classic and a New Year’s staple. When making these strawberries, make sure you either temper the chocolate or add a teaspoon of shortening for every half a cup of chocolate to get a smooth, dippable chocolate.
Make crunchy kale chips even more addicting with melted chocolate spiked with chile powder and flecked with sea salt.
The red and white coloring of these floral white chocolate truffles is perfect for the holidays.
Use pre-packaged dough, or make your own peanut butter cookie dough (sans eggs), for these no-bake chocolate-covered cookie dough truffles. This is just one of 17 great things to do with a tube of store bought cookie dough.