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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Dipping food into melted chocolate is always an exciting activity!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients

30 medium-sized strawberries
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
1 tablespoon corn syrup

Cooking Instructions

Cooking instructions for kids (2 and up):
Wash and dry the strawberries. Make sure that the berries are completely dry or the chocolate will not stick to them. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Cooking instructions for adults:
In the top of a double boiler that you've set over simmering water, stir the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove the chocolate from the heat but leave the water simmering in case the chocolate starts to harden and you need to re-heat it. If you're worried about small kids touching a still-warm pan, you can transfer the chocolate to a cool dish.

Cooking instructions for kids (2 and up):
Hold each strawberry by its stem and dip it 3/4 of the way into the chocolate. Swirl it and shake off excess chocolate. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberry on the baking sheet lined with waxed paper and repeat with the rest of the strawberries. They can harden in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Cooking tips:
- It's best if the strawberries are at room temperature rather than cold.
- If you don't have a double boiler (which is necessary since the chocolate will burn if put directly over heat), simply place a metal bowl on top of a saucepan or put a small saucepan inside another larger saucepan. Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until it is melted.
-"Simmering" means a few small bubbles are barely breaking the surface.
- This recipe can be prepared up to 1-2 days before serving-just store the strawberries in the refrigerator and remove 30 minutes before serving.

Kid tip:
- If your kids want to create designs, melt some white chocolate, dip a spoon in it, and swirl designs onto the chocolate-dipped strawberries. Or, they can dip the chocolate-dipped strawberries in sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes (plus 1 hour for hardening)
Yield: 30 strawberries
Recipe from Easy Meals to Cook with Kids by Julie Negrin © 2010

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