Tips for Chocolate Dipping
With February comes thoughts of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Take one look around and you’ll see that chocolate means love and love means chocolate. One of my favorite things to do is experiment with dipping my favorite foods in chocolate to create new combinations of chocolate-y bliss. It’s easier than you think and oh so fun. All you need is a simple recipe for chocolate dipping and a few helpful tips.
Chocolate Dipped Anything
12 ounces of chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark, depending on your preference)
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Fill a small saucepan halfway full of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a medium-sized glass bowl on top with the chocolate chips and cream inside. Stir frequently, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth in appearance. Remove from heat and dip your favorite foods (washed and thoroughly dried) into it. Place dipped foods on a sheet of parchment paper to cool and dry completely before serving.
TIP: Choose a high-quality chocolate chip for best results. The chocolate is the star of this show, so it’s worth a little splurge to take it over the top.
TIP: When dipping fresh fruits, pat them down with paper towels to make sure they are thoroughly dry. Moisture will keep the chocolate from sticking, and will also change the texture of the chocolate.
TIP: Allow excess chocolate to drip off before placing on the parchment paper. Too much chocolate will result in a strangely shaped pool of chocolate at the base.
TIP: Add extra wow factor by drizzling melted white chocolate (use 4 ounces of white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of cream) over your completely cooled chocolate dipped items.
My list of favorite foods to dip in chocolate grows longer by the year. Here’s where it stands today:
- Thick, kettle-style potato chips
- Clementine wedges
- Cheesecake bites
- Cinnamon bears
- Pineapple wedges
- Soft caramels
- Frozen key lime pie
- Chocolate chip cookies
TIP: If you don’t have time or interest in dipping your own treats in chocolate, I’ve got you covered. My chocolate enrobed cookies are incredible. You, your valentine, and everybody on Planet Earth will go ga-ga for them.