With strawberry season in full swing, a platter of these fancy chocolate-dipped strawberries will make a great sweet treat addition to the table this Christmas!
They feel rather festive, sort of like upside down decorated Christmas trees, and look gorgeous all piled up on a plate.
They’re absolutely delicious to eat too – the bitterness of the chocolate pairs with the sweet juicy strawberries perfectly, and the toppings take it to a whole other level. Don’t even contemplate, just make! Enjoy.
A selectionof toppingse.g. shredded coconut; sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds; chopped peanuts or pistachios...
Line a tray or large plate with baking paper.
Add toppings onto their own small plate or bowls to make it easy to roll strawberries in. If toppings are in large pieces, like pistachio nuts, blitz a few times in a blender or chop with a knife until a chunky meal has formed.
Break chocolate into chunks into a bowl. Melt down in a microwave or bain-marie style over the stove until smooth.
Dip each strawberry a little over half the way up in the dark chocolate, and then hold strawberry above the bowl of melted chocolate to let any excess drip off.
Dunk each strawberry into the toppings, until each side is evenly coated. Place onto the baking tray. Once you have a tray full, place tray in the fridge for strawberries to harden.
Vegan or dairy-free? Some types of chocolate contain milk-based ingredients. Go for a high percentage dark chocolate and double check the ingredients if you need to ensure your chocolate is dairy-free.Have fun experimenting: I've used dark chocolate here as I love the richness against the strawberries (and the high % of cocoa solids offer a nice little antioxidant punch), but there's total flexibility with this - experiment with milk or white too.