Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

A truly memorable treat on their own, these yummy morsels also can be used to embellish cakes, tortes, tarts, and many other festive desserts.

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Yield: About 30
Prep Time: 45 mins
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    4   cups 
    medium strawberries
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    6   ounces 
    semisweet chocolate pieces
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    1   tablespoon 
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    6   ounces 
    vanilla-flavored candy coating
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    1   cup 
    finely chopped pecans or coconut (optional)

Rinse strawberries. Gently pat dry with paper towels.
In a small glass mixing bowl combine semisweet chocolate pieces and shortening. Pour very warm tap water (100 degrees F. to 110 degrees F.) in a larger glass mixing bowl to a depth of 1 inch. Place small bowl containing chocolate inside larger bowl. Stir the chocolate mixture constantly with rubber spatula until the chocolate mixture is completely melted and smooth (about 20 minutes). Replace warm water as necessary, always removing bowl containing chocolate mixture before adding water to larger bowl. Do not allow any water to drip into chocolate.
Coarsely chop the vanilla-flavored candy coating. Place in a heavy small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until melted.
Dip half of the strawberries in the melted semisweet chocolate pieces, and the other half in the melted vanilla-flavored candy coating. To dip strawberries, hold each strawberry by the stem end and dip halfway into melted chocolate or candy coating. Allow excess chocolate or coating to drip off fruit. (Or, dip strawberry in both the melted candy coating and melted semisweet chocolate.) Place dipped berries on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. If desired, immediately sprinkle chopped pecans or coconut onto dipped berries.
Let stand at least 1 hour at room temperature or until firm. Serve immediately. Makes about 30.
Make Ahead Tip
  • After chocolate is firm, cover dipped berries loosely with foil and chill in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours. Let chilled berries stand at room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 66, Fat, total (g) 4, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 9, pro. (g) 1, vit. C (mg) 11, sodium (mg) 5, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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