Forget fancy mixes and kits that cost a lot of money. Forget adding shortening and vanilla extract. All you need is fresh strawberries and your favorite kind of chocolate (milk, dark, etc.)! I have used Lindt Excellence bars, and they work wonderfully to create delicious bites of strawberry-and-chocolate goodness.
1 solid chocolate bar (you may need 2, depending on how much fruit you use)
Wash and dry strawberries. I use a paper towel or a kitchen towel to pat them dry.
Break the chocolate bar into small squares and place it into a small pot. Melt the chocolate on LOW heat. When approximately half the chocolate has melted, start mixing it gently with a dry spoon.
When the chocolate has melted, hold the berries by the greenery and dip them in the pot one by one. I’ve learned that it helps to tilt the pot so that all the chocolate is gathered up on one side. Place them on a tray or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or wax paper. Sprinkle with nuts or coconut flakes, if desired.
Place the tray into the refrigerator for several hours until chocolate hardens. Take the berries out of the fridge right before serving.*
*If you’d like to use bananas, peel and slice them into several pieces before dipping in chocolate. Or you can make chocolate-covered fruit kabobs by threading strawberries and bananas onto skewers, placing the skewers on a tray and pouring chocolate all over the fruit! I made these for dessert at Christmas; the whole family loved them!