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Chocolate Dipped Fruit Recipe

Whether you’re going to a holiday celebration or are in the mood for homemade chocolate dipped fruit. The taste of a chocolate hard shell enveloping a piece of ripe fruit tickles the palate with hints of sweet and juicy pleasures. But making chocolate dipped fruit tends to be a little tricky.  From selection to its preparation, this recipe explains how to make chocolate dipped fruit:

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Passion Recipe

The key to creating juicy, mouthwatering chocolate dipped fruit is in the fruit and chocolate selection. Start with premium dark or milk chocolate chips or chocolate bar and handpicked ripe, scar-free, fresh fruit.

The tastiest chocolate dipped fruit choices are strawberries, cherries, and pineapples.

Ingredients:

  • 12 pieces of fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries and/or pineapples)
  • One-12 oz dark or milk chocolate bar

Utensils

  • Aluminum foil
  • Fork
  • Bowl
  • Toothpicks (optional)

chocolate covered strawberry1) Fruit preparation will depend on the fruit you select. Slice pineapple pieces in half-inch pieces. Clean strawberries and cherries and place in the freezer for ten minutes.

2) While the fruit is chilling, cover a platter in aluminum foil.

3) Next, chop the first 4 ounces of the chocolate bar and place in a microwaveable bowl and cover. Heat the chocolate at 40 second intervals to mix and reheat until it is completely smooth.

4) Remove four pieces of fruit from the freezer and dip each piece in chocolate, transferring it to the platter and then finally returning the chocolate dipped fruit to the freezer to chill for 12 to 15 minutes.

If the bowl of chocolate thickens, return it to the microwave for a few seconds.

5) Repeat, using batches of 4 ounces of chocolate until all the fruit is covered and placed in the freezer.

6) After 15 minutes, move the chocolate dipped fruit to the refrigerator. To prevent the chocolate from melting and becoming gooey, remove from the refrigerator just 30 minutes before serving.

Ghirardelli Chocolate is one of the recommended brands for this chocolate hand dipped recipe.

To prepare healthy chocolate dipped fruit with fewer calories and the highest antioxidants, use dark chocolate with a minimum of 53 percent cacao.

Avocados as a Weight Loss Aid?

Avocados are known as a fatty food that is usually avoided by those hoping to lose weight. However, the type of fat contained in avocados has been found to be beneficial in enhancing metabolism levels.

An avocado contains about 4 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 31 grams of fat. The fat in avocados is primarily monounsaturated which can help to lower blood cholesterol levels according to the American Heart Association. avocadoThis type of fat is more likely to be used by your body as a slow burning energy source. The fats as well as fiber found in an avocado, has been linked with feeling fuller longer. This decrease in desire to eat might just be a key for some people to lose weight. Click here to read about a study which found that avocados can help curb hunger cravings.

So, are avocados the new magic diet drug? No, however, when used in moderation, avocados may be one part of a diet plan that will help you lose weight.