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Chocolate-Covered Fruit

Makes 12 servings

When began friends are over and hoping for something delicious to eat, I put out this dessert, which is my version of a fondue party. I love chocolate-covered fruit, especially because dark chocolate has a little bit of “good for you-ness” to it. (That’s a scientific term.) Chocolate with a high percentage of cacao in it – 70 percent or higher – makes you feel good by raising serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, and it is filled with antioxidants and magnesium, which helps you chill out your nerves and lower your heart rate. And don’t even get me started on how great fruit is for you. (Hello, phytochemicals and antioxidants!) Feel free to sub in your favorites.

12 strawberries, with stems or skewered on toothpicks
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (70% cacao), vegan if preferred

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and wash and dry the strawberries.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. (if you don’t have a double boiler, you can simmer a few inches of water in a saucepan and then nestle a metal or glass bowl on top of it. Just make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water.)

Holding the berries by their stem or toothpick, dip each one into the chocolate, then set it onto the baking sheet. Once all of your berries have been dipped, transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator and let them cool completely (about 1 hour.)

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