The chocolate covered strawberry recipe in the video above is pretty much straight forward and easy.. Just make sure you melt the chocolate by double boiling it. Whenever you are melting chocolate or fondue you should always double boil it, this prevents the chocolate from burning and getting clumpy.
To do this, simply cut the chocolate into small 1 inch pieces, bring water in a pot to an almost boiling point then stack another pot over it with the chocolate. The heat and steam from the lower pot slowly heats the upper pot making the chocolate gradually melt evenly. You can buy chocolate boiling pots here if you don’t have one… Enjoy this great romantic treat!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe Ingredients
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History of Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Anyone could buy a box of candies or packed sweets from the market but there’s no love in that, is there? Taking an hour or so out and preparing some chocolate covered strawberries will melt your Valentine’s heart in an instant! There’s nothing truly like it.
But have you wondered how this classic delicacy started out? What are the origins of Chocolate covered Strawberries? These are some of the questions that we have tried to answer in this article. If you’re interested in Chocolate covered strawberries history, do give this a read. Let’s start.
The Origins of Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Background of Chocolate and Strawberries:
Chocolate has been around since ages and by ages we mean as old as almost 1100 BC according to some estimates. Food historians and scientists report that the early Mayan and Aztec civilizations have been using chocolate as a special treat and beverage.
Some even establish that cocoa beans were valuable goods for these civilizations and they treated them as a currency. Cocoa beans then started becoming more and more common while being traded off to other parts of the world, creating new versions and diversifying the plantations.
As the societies progressed, they started adding sugar and milk to cocoa, making creamy variants, while others preferred mixing it with caramel, nuts and dry fruits to make sweet delights. If you take a look at the world of chocolate today, there are myriads of different flavors, variants and options, enough for even the pickiest of chocolate lovers.
Coming to the strawberries. The history of strawberries is rich and goes back long; it’s as grand as the fruit itself is. Like most other berries, historians and gastronomists traced the origins of strawberries growing in the Italian wild as back as 234 BC. According to other records, Native Americans in the Northern part of the continent have been farming the aromatic fruit since the early 1600s.
Despite all this, the name of the fruit continues to be more of a mystery with lots of myths lying around it. A lot of people think that strawberries are so named because farmers use straw around the plant’s foundations to provide nutrients as well as protection from vines that ‘strew’ around. The aroma of strawberries, its rich flavor and the absence of seeds make it one of the most desired fruits for centuries.
The Birth of Chocolate Covered Strawberries
You must be thinking, where do chocolate covered strawberries come into the story? Well, despite their old history and being around us for ages, it wasn’t until the 60s, mid-20th century, that strawberries and chocolate came together with the hands of a woman named Lorraine Lorusso.
She fused the two of them together in her Chicago ‘Stop N’ Shop’ place, and gave rise to what is now known as Chocolate covered strawberries. Bringing forward some tempered gourmet chocolate from her store, then using it to dip fresh strawberries and letting it harden again, Lorusso started serving her customers with this treat and never looked back.
She came forward with the sweet and affectionate idea that only continues to get popular everyday around the world because of its simplicity and availability. It remains a success right to this day.