Unsurprisingly, one of the hardest things for me since going gluten and dairy free has been missing out on tons of desserts. Sometimes I just sit and daydream about all of the desserts I used to love. Creme Brûlée, death by chocolate cake, turtle cheesecake, german chocolate brownies… but I digress. Of course one of the key ingredients in all of these favorites is chocolate. So, ladies and gentlemen, when I discovered dairy free chocolate exists, my world was SHOOK! I just knew the first thing I wanted to create with my new obsession was a revamp on a classic… dairy free chocolate covered strawberries!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve known for awhile diary free chocolate exists. You can read more about my love of Hu Chocolate here. But Hu Chocolate can be expensive. And ain’t nobody got time for that. There’s no way I was going to waste my precious Hu to mix it up into something else. Enter dairy free chocolate chips. With these little babies, I can cook up just about anything! My two favorite brands are Trader Joes and Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life is a little more expensive, but by far my favorite. They contain just 3 ingredients – cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa butter.
Now for the fun part. Wash and dry your strawberries. Dry them really well. Place them on a baking rack over a cookie sheet or something similar lined with parchment paper or foil. This will make cleanup a breeze! Next, heat your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Of course, this works best heating only about 30 seconds at a time and stirring in-between. Make sure you don’t over heat your chocolate.
Once your chocolate is ready, hold your strawberry by the stem and coat it with your chocolate. I tried a few different ways to do this. However, I had the most success with the swirl method. In other words, I put the strawberry in the chocolate and swirled it in a full circle until it was sufficiently covered. Finally, place your coated strawberry on the baking rack to dry. I prefer this method because it doesn’t leave a little “foot” or puddle of chocolate on the base of your strawberry. Plus I just think it makes the chocolate covered strawberries look a little more professional.
Now if you’re making your dairy free chocolate covered strawberries for a specific special event like a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or even Valentine’s Day, you can dress them up with themed sprinkles! Once your strawberry is coated in chocolate and safely sitting on your baking rack, just sprinkle on your sprinkles of choice! Even your littles can help out with this step. Every little kid loves being on sprinkle duty!
I don’t know about you, but I think dairy free chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for any occasion. Maybe even just a regular Tuesday night! Let me know what you think in the comments.