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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries are a fine delicacy, and don’t be afraid to eat them because current research shows they can be good for you!

Ummm… the sweet taste of chocolate combined with a luscious berry - what could be better? If you get them at the finest of chocolatiers, then you can be certain the chocolate is of high quality and offers the maximum health benefits including powerful antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and fight disease. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate which goes wonderful with strawberries, is also said to help boost good cholesterol and prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol.

Strawberries themselves offer many health benefits as they are a rich source of phenols which help protect cell structure. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and studies show they may help protect against macular degeneration and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and are low in fat and calories too!

One great thing about chocolate covered strawberries is that you can make them yourself! All you need is chocolate and strawberries. If you want the most health benefits, then you’ll want to get a good quality dark chocolate with 70% cocoa or more.

You’ll need to melt the chocolate, and this is probably the most tricky step because you don’t want to use too much heat or you could burn it. Then it would be ruined. You can use the microwave or a double boiler on the stove. In the microwave, put the setting on defrost and check every two minutes until the chocolate is melted. On the stove, stir constantly on low temperature.

Once the chocolate is melted, dip the strawberries. Line a cookie sheet with a sheet of waxed paper to put the strawberries on after they have been dipped. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate and remove gently - swirl the berry to spin the dripping chocolate off. If you want to add nuts or sprinkles, hold the strawberry upright and sprinkle onto the end. Lay them gently on the wax paper and cool at room temperature. Strawberries should be eaten the same day they are dipped.

So the next time someone offers you some chocolate covered strawberries, take them up on it. You’ll be doing both your taste buds and your health a favor! Chocolate covered strawberries also make a great holiday treat perhaps as a nice orderve before Christmas dinner is served!

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