Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate Strawberries

picking strawberries

A funny fundraiser story

I once went to a fancy fundraiser at a very fancy house up in the hills on the expensive West Side of Portland, and the whole thing was being catered in a very beautiful way, with little tables and lots of little stations each with its own type of food. But nobody was circulating, nobody was talking, nobody was eating at any of the lovely stations except one - the one that had a warm chocolate fondue and a pile of fresh strawberries on long skewers. That station had a long line, and as soon as people got to the front of the line and dipped their strawberry, they just went right back to the end of the line to get another one, dripping warm chocolate and strawberry juice all over their fancy suits and dresses.

These are not the warm chocolate fondue that was so exceptional at that party, but they're delicious chocolate strawberries, and you can eat as many as you want without standing on line.

How to make chocolate strawberries:

In a small bowl, melt 6 squares (6 ounces) of semi-sweet baking chocolate with 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. This will take about two minutes, but remove the chocolate and stir every 30 seconds to keep it from burning, and take it out before it's all the way melted to let it melt itself the rest of the way.

Put a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Holding clean strawberries by the stems, dip them in the chocolate and then lay them on the waxed paper. Chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened, about an hour.

Vegetarian or Vegan?

Vegetarian, but you can make chocolate strawberries vegan by using vegan chocolate and leaving out the butter. This makes it harder to melt the chocolate without burning it, and you might want to use a double boiler on the stove instead of the microwave.

Will chocolate strawberries keep?

They'll still be fine the next day, if you want to make them a day ahead for a party, but after that not so much. Eat them up fresh.