Just when you thought chocolate dipped strawberries couldn’t get better, let me introduce chocolate dipped, gummy filled strawberries. A combination of antioxidant loaded dark chocolate, joint, bone and gut healing gelatin, and immunity boosting strawberries. Once complete you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering, nutritional powerhouse the entire family can’t resist.
I try to take advantage of the health benefits of gelatin by eating it in some form or another daily, so I’m always trying to come up with new ways to incorporate it. Dark chocolate has also turned into one of my pantry staples and strawberries have always been one of my all-time favorite fruits. I had just enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries at a family gathering, so when trying to come up with something to curb my sweet tooth the other night, the combination dawned on me.
The recipe can be broken down into three stages: strawberry prep, gummy making and gelling, and chocolate melting and dipping. It can get a little messy, but no one will care once they have a bite, and the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to harden before you can have a taste. When preparing the strawberries, make sure you wash them thoroughly. Even though they are organic, I soak my strawberries in one part organic apple cider vinegar to ten parts water for a few minutes then rinse. Vinegar soaking kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface. Don’t worry the vinegar is too diluted to taste it. Once washed and rinsed it is important to level off the bottom of each strawberry so they can stand by themselves. Cut off the stems and core the center. If you have a handy dandy “stem gem” device like mine, you’re in luck. The process takes minutes.
Next make the strawberry gummy mixture and pour into the center of each strawberry. I recommend using a cup with a spout, such as a measuring cup. Once gelled, dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate and cool until hardened. I have no good method to do this other than dip each strawberry using my hand. Chocolate may get on your fingertips, something I welcome when I lick them clean at the end. Enjoy!
Lauren is the founder of DC Healthy Bites. She is passionate about REAL food and natural, clean living, and hopes to inspire others to make informed dietary choices and lifestyle changes to optimize their own personalized health. In her free time Lauren enjoys the outdoors, visiting the local farmer’s market each Saturday, and cooking nourishing REAL food meals.
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