Chocolate Covered Blueberries make for a great snacks and candy gifts. Package them in cellophane bags and tie off with ribbon or twist ties and add a gift message. The tartness of the blueberries goes well with semi-sweet chocolate. Choose a high quality chocolate that contains no vegetable fats. I know some recipes call for shortening, but if you work with chocolate you would know that affects taste and the ability for the chocolate to harden. The best way to melt chocolate with less risk that the chocolate will burn is to slowly heat it up over a double boiler. DO NOT WARM up too fast. You can use the microwave to melt chocolate, but again heat up slowly. Do not use full power, instead set the microwave power to 50% and do not use a bowl that heats up too easily like glass. You could heat up in plastic freezer bags. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but freezer bags are thicker, they will not melt and they do not overheat like glass. Use them a lot in the microwave to melt chocolate. Then you could cut off an end of the bag and squeeze the chocolate into a wide coffee mug in which to dip the blueberries. Some chocolates are not made for coating since they have not been tempered and thus will not have a glossy finish. If you wish for a shinier look then use chocolate coating wafers. This recipe calls for fresh blueberries, but you could use dried blueberries.
Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Blueberries
Supplies and Equipment for Chocolate Covered Blueberries
Directions for Chocolate Covered Blueberries
1. Prepare Baking Sheet. Place wax paper on a baking sheet which will be for setting the chocolate coated blueberries.
2. Wash and Dry Blueberries. Lightly rinse blueberries in a strainer then gently pat dry them and set them in a small bowl.
3. Melt Chocolate. Use either a double boiler or plastic freezer bags. Fill the bottom pot of the double boiler only a quarter to a half inch the way up. DO NOT LET THE WATER touch the top pot. Place the top pot over the bottom one and pour in the chocolate. Slowly bring the water to a simmer until bubbles form slowly and is creating a light steam. Let chocolate melt slowly stirring occasionally with a plastic or wooden mixing spoon. Once fully melted remove from heat immediatly and pour into the coffee mug.
4. Pour Blueberries. Drop a few blueberries into the chocolate. They must be perfectly dry, if not you will ruin the chocolate. Gently stir with the slotted spoon, but do not break the berries. Scoop out some berries and shake off the excess chocolate until they are barely coated. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and continue the same process until you have finished all teh berries.
5. Let Chocolate Set. Let the chocolate set at room temperature for a few minutes until the chocolate cools. Then place the tray in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, no more, then remove.
6. Package Blueberries. Place the berries in a cellophane bag and tie off with a ribbon and add a creative gift message on a small piece of decorative paper, sticker or gift tag.
Amount Per Serving 142 grams
Total Fat 50.4 g
Saturated Fat 29.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 16.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 27.2 mg
Potassium 742.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 126.5 g
Dietary Fiber 13.8 g
Sugars 106.6 g
Protein 8.1 g
Vitamin A 2.9 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 5.6 %
Vitamin C 31.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 17.1 %
Calcium 6.3 %
Copper 63.2 %