I had an incredible, dare I say life changing, experience of tasting some treats from a specialty food store in Amarillo yesterday. We’ve all tried chocolate covered strawberries, but they seem a little bit dated and ordinary to me. Not to say that I don’t like them, I do. This may not be news to everyone, but it was news to me…you can cover different fresh fruits in chocolate!
I had the opportunity to try a banana coated half in white chocolate and half in dark chocolate. Chocolate and banana are great together, so this didn’t seem totally out of the ordinary. And it was delicious. The combination of texture, crunchy chocolate and soft banana. The flavors were also spectacular. I preferred the white chocolate side, but that may just be me.
I also tried dark chocolate covered red grapes. I was skeptical at first and didn’t expect them to pair well together. Well, I was wrong. Again, the texture contrast and the taste combinations were great.
I might even try this recipe at some point to attempt to recreate my experience. I think one dipping trick would be to dip the grapes in chocolate using toothpicks and letting them dry by sticking the toothpicks upright in foam. Once they’re hardened, remove the toothpicks and serve. Nice little bites of goodness.
Here are a few more fruit dipping tips. With summer coming and some fruits becoming more and more delicious, this could be a nice option for a dessert treat that isn’t a big piece of chocolate cake but still gives you a chocolate fix. Also, you can use the fruit as an excuse to eat chocolate since we all know fruit is good for you, and little chocolate really never hurt anyone.