Chocolate bark and chocolate covered strawberries

Choose the best chocolate you can afford

Combine rich dark chocolate with chopped, toasted pistachios and dried cranberries. Cut in 2" squares.
Combine rich dark chocolate with chopped, toasted pistachios and dried cranberries. Cut in 2" squares. | Source

The best chocolate bark ever

Blend dark and semisweet chocolate, toasted nuts and plump dried fruit.
Blend dark and semisweet chocolate, toasted nuts and plump dried fruit. | Source

Chocolate bark

Chocolate bark from upscale candy stores and fine chocolatiers is beautiful but pricey. If this is one of your favorite ways to eat good chocolate, consider making your own bark. You will quickly develop a reputation for your specialty.

It gets more expensive the better the quality of fruit, nuts and chocolate that is used. My sweetheart likes chocolate with peppermint bark. I like the holiday colors of dried cranberries and chopped pistachios in dark chocolate.

Choose salted or unsalted nuts. Toasting the nuts is optional. Completely cool after toasting. Chop into pieces. Serving size is your choice. I cut the bark into domino shapes, about 1” by 2” pieces.

Ina Garten has a beautiful recipe for French chocolate bark. Find it on the Food Network TV . The semisweet and bittersweet chocolate is covered with chunks of dried apricot, cranberries and cashews.

Melt chocolate in ramekins

Set chocolate filled ramekins in a crock pot set on low.
Set chocolate filled ramekins in a crock pot set on low. | Source

Melting chocolate

Most recipes melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. I have had success using the crock pot as the heating element for chocolate.

Add chocolate pieces to ramekins. Set the ramekins in the crock pot set to low heat. As chocolate begins to melt, stir to help chocolate melt evenly. A chopstick works well as a stirrer.

Heating the ramekins in the crock pot gives you the options to melt multiple kinds of chocolate. For example melt white chocolate, dark chocolate and a semisweet in individual ramekins. This is especially helpful when dipping strawberries or pretzels.

Chocolate covered fruit must be used in 1 or 2 days. Keep the unused chocolate in the ramekin. Cover or put cooled ramekins in a zip lock bags.

Reheating chocolate filled ramekins in the crock pot the next day is quick and easy. You can quickly dip another small batch of fresh strawberries any time.

How to toast nuts

Toasting nuts intensifies flavor.

Oven Toasting - Set oven at 350°. Spread about 1/2 cup of nuts on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Stir and return to oven. Continue to bake and stir every 5 minutes. About 10 more minutes. Watch and stir.

Stove Top - Spread 1/2 cup of nuts in a skillet. Medium cooking and stirring frequently for about 10 or 15 minutes.

Nuts quickly become brown and fragrant. Nuts can burn fast, watch closely.

Make it in minutes

The best bark is made with the best and freshest ingredients. Look for plump dried fruits and fresh nuts.
The best bark is made with the best and freshest ingredients. Look for plump dried fruits and fresh nuts. | Source

Pouring chocolate

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Or, I just lay out parchment paper on cool marble or granite.

Pour warmed chocolate onto the prepared pan or marble. Spread the chocolate evenly to about an 1/8 inch with a spatula. Add toppings. Gently press fruits and nuts into the chocolate, making sure toppings are in contact with chocolate.

Allow bark to set firmly, an hour of two. Or, place baking sheets in the freezer for about 20 minutes to quickly set bark.

Serving and storing

Cut chocolate into even pieces just before the chocolate is completely set. Cut pieces 1" x 2" for example. For larger uneven pieces, wait until the chocolate is completely set then, break up bark.

Store in a cool, dry place away from moisture. I use a tin or heavy ziplock to store bark.

Store up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Chocolate dipped fruit and pretzels

Leave a space where the desserts can be picked up without getting messy.
Leave a space where the desserts can be picked up without getting messy. | Source

Dip fruit, nuts, berries

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Everything

Use the same method and high quality ingredients to make chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels as you do making bark.

Dipped strawberries are best made and served in the same day. Or refrigerate to serve the next day. Chocolate tipped pretzels are best if kept up to 5 or 6 days in a cool and dry.

Chocolate edged cookies may be messy too make or eat. But a chocolate tipped or edged cookie is much easier to create and to eat. Always leave a chocolate-free space on berries and finger foods. It gives guests a way to hold the food without holding melting chocolate in hand.

Plump juicy strawberries

Chocolate is not a cover up. Use only perfect fruit with no blemishes.
Chocolate is not a cover up. Use only perfect fruit with no blemishes. | Source

Just 2 Ingredients

  • 6-8 ounces dark chocolate, (or semisweet)
  • 12-18 strawberries, very fresh

Cook Time + time to cool

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Makes 12-24 chocolate covered strawberries

It's premium chocolate, 5 star of course

5 stars from 3 ratings of Chocolate Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Wash berries and allow to dry completely. Melt chocolate in small bowls. Cover baking sheet or granite counter with waxed paper.
  2. Bunching the green leaves, pick up strawberry. Dip into chocolate and swirl to cover all but the green top of the berry. Hold chocolate covered berry over the bowl until the chocolate stops dripping.
  3. Lay berry on waxed paper and draw it across the paper about an inch. This will reduce that chocolate "foot" under the berry. Allow to chocolate to set.
  4. Leave chocolate to completely cool and se on cookie sheet. Or place baking sheet in fridge for 20 minutes.

Pick three flavors

Dried Fruit
Nuts
Candy
cranberries
hazelnuts
crushed peppermint candy
apricots
pecans
sesame brittle
pineapple
macadamia
candied orange peel
cherries
pinenuts
cocoa nibs
raisins
walnuts
mini marshmallows
Choose only two or three ingredients to add to chocolate bark. Dark and semisweet chocolate go especially well with dried fruit and fresh strawberries (which are already naturally sweet).

Melting chocolate

These small ramekins are deep enough to dip berries and pretzels. Add more chocolate pieces and return ramekins to crockpot to melt. Stir.
These small ramekins are deep enough to dip berries and pretzels. Add more chocolate pieces and return ramekins to crockpot to melt. Stir. | Source

Melt chocolate in the microwave

Another way to melt chocolate

CAUTION: The bowl and the chocolate are very hot. Have hot pads and potholders at the ready.

Set microwave at 50% power. Add chocolate pieces to a small bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir chocolate to melt evenly.

Return to microwave. Heat for 30 seconds (at 50% power), then stir. Repeat for 30 seconds and stir to completely melt chocolate. Better to be patient and stir chocolate to melt.

Good chocolate for less

Blocks of chocolate for making bark really benefits by adding some premium chocolate bars.
Blocks of chocolate for making bark really benefits by adding some premium chocolate bars. | Source

Good chocolate for less money

Simply using the chocolate flavored blocks from the grocery store is acceptable for big groups or large parties.

Get a richer, much chocolatey flavor, Start with one individual square from the block and one premium chocolate bar (3 - 3.5 ounces).

Also melting chocolate chips is OK too. Add a premium dark chocolate bar to enrich the flavor. My favorites are Ghirardelli, Lindt, Godiva. I also found Good & Delish Premium German Dark Chocolate Bar Mid-Knight at Walgreens.

  • If you know of a good quality chocolate bar in your area, please leave the name of it in a comment below.
  • If you have a favorite bark combination, please share that too. (like chocolate with chilies and orange zest or candied orange peel.

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Patsybell 22 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Oh, Kristen Howe, how can we possibly wait for those fresh local strawberries this spring? Thanks for reading my hubs.


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Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I would try this sometime, especially with the chocolate bark.


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Patsybell 22 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Now, DDE 2, THIS is worth getting into the habit. Spring is on it's way in a month or so. Then I will see if my homegrown strawberries survived the winter.


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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I like this recipe and so creative too.


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Patsybell 22 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

jeff1947, chocolate covered strawberries are sweet and thoughtful, certainly a more loving gesture than a box of drugstore chocolates. Would it be a fun project to do together?


jeff1947 23 months ago

I love strawberries and chocolate. To wed the two is awesome!


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Au fait , Thanks for sharing. It will help get the word out on these affordable deluxe Valentines. I appreciate you.


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas

These look so delicious and they would be perfect to serve or give on Valentine's Day soon to be here! Voted up, BAUI, and sharing!


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Enjoy.


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Mayashappyplace 23 months ago from NY

Amazing!!! Thank you so much!!! =)))


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Mayashappyplace, www.askinosie.com Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch bean to bar chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. It only has 2 ingredients chocolate and sugar. Maybe this is a place to start.


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Mayashappyplace 23 months ago from NY

Thank you so much for this post Patsy! I am definitely going to try making soy-free chocolate bark one of these days with soy-free Enjoy Life chocolate and will most def be linking back to this page as my inspiration! =)


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, I can't wait to read about your white chocolate adventures. I think those little tuxedo covered strawberries are a hoot. Thank you for commenting. It makes all the difference.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 23 months ago

Hi patsybell - Thought I had commented on this, boy does it look good. We love bark and I have been working on some white chocolate ideas. This looks delicious!


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Ah MsDora, I should think, living in paradise, as you do, there would be rich, ripe tropical fruits just waiting to adorn a chocolate bark. A thousand thank yous for reading my hubs. I always perk up, "There she is!" when I see your name in comments.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

You're a tempter, PatsyBell. These all make my mouth water. Chocolate and nuts in one bite is heavenly for me. Thanks for the dream, and Happy New Year.


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

peach purple Thank you for the votes. It make all the difference. I appreciate your support. Enjoy and have fun making your own chocolate custom creations. Enjoy!


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Ebower, Which one will you make first, bark or berries? Thank you for reading my hub. I appreciate it. What fruits or nuts will you add to your custom creation?


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

peachpurple Once you have all the ingredients, it is easy to make just what you need for the day. For example, you could make a plate of six perfect strawberries every other day during strawberry season. Thanks for reading my hub. Enjoy.


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i must admit, i am a big fan of chocolates, voted up


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Ebower 23 months ago from Georgia

Okay, now I am hungry. Great hub!


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, your recipe is making me hungry again, i am a fanatic fan of chocolates


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Frank Atanacio, Thank you for reading my hub. I am honored.

Idea in need of an author: A world-wide chocolate shortage is coming. But is chocolate really to die for? Maybe.


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

pstraubie48 We all need to keep an emergency stash of chocolate. That might help avert this 5:30a.m. crisis. Thanks for the Pin, that is a big boost. I appreciate it.

You may have to make a few practice batches of chocolate covered strawberries.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Ok so it is five thirty in the a.m. and I am wanting some of this, now

Very informative ...this sounds like something I will be making for Valentine's Day...chocolate glazed strawberries are yummy.

Angels are on the way this morning Pinned on my 'chocolate heaven' board.. ps


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

teaches12345, Fresh fruit and chocolate, what could be better? Thank you and enjoy.


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

vocalcoach, You made my day. Thank you for your kind words and votes. It makes all the difference. Enjoy these chocolate covered strawberries, sharing if you must! ;)


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

PaigSr, I guess that you and I can't wait for strawberry season. I'd love to hear about of or see your chocolate covered strawberries. Thank you for reading my hubs. Make these and you will have loads of new best friends.


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

wow a 5 star recipe of the day hub Patsy...


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Jackie Lynnley, A little plate of 6 perfect chocolate covered strawberries is an unforgettable gift, thank you or, birthday surprise. Thanks for reading my hubs. Your votes make all the difference.


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teaches12345 23 months ago

You make this sound so simple and I think I just may be able to make this recipe. I love chocolate and am always up for making a dessert that includes it on any day! Thanks for sharing.


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I am a chocolate-holic! Thank you for these delicious, mouth-watering recipes. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and sharing.

If I could, I would jump through the computer and whisk these delicacies right off your hub!


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PaigSr 23 months ago from State of Confussion

The bark caught my attention but the Strawberries are what I will be trying. Thanks for wetting my apatite.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Yum; dried fruits and nuts with our chocolate strawberries! If I had strawberries I would go fix it now it sounds sooo good but believe me I will be trying these! Thanks so much. Up and sharing.


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

ScarlaBlack, It doesn't take much equipment to make this gourmet treat. I'd love to see/hear how yours turn out. Thanks for reading my hubs. I appreciate your kind words.


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Thelma Alberts, You can make this your own specialty by choosing your favorite fruits and nuts. Thank you for reading my hubs. I appreciate you.


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Thelma Alberts 23 months ago from Germany

Wow! This is awesome. I have not tried this kind of chocolates. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy New Year!


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ScarlaBlack 23 months ago from Georgia

Great post. Those chocolates sure look delicious! Now that I have some kitchen ware and appliances, I might have to try this out!

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