Chocolate Dipped Treats Project: Chocolate Art Fun
This project with Chocolate Dipped Treats was very fun and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to experiment with edible art. You'll need a few supplies and ingredients. In the end you can elect to eat 'em or give 'em away?
What do you like to dip in chocolate? Have any pictures? Submit them for the gallery below. You don't have to make the treats yourself.
How I Had Fun with Chocolate Dipped Treats
1. Chocolate Dipped Fruit: Strawberries:
For my chocolate dipped treats project I had to dip all the items in a certain order, leaving the salty ones for last so that the salt would affect the taste of the sweet items.
I placed the tray of the entire set of treats to my side and then grabbed an empty tray covered in wax paper to start working with the fruits.
There are many chocolate dipping techniques, find which one you like best. This time I was just going to use my fingers to grab the pieces instead of using a fork, but to make this work I needed a wide and deep coffee mug.
I decided not to do dip apples, which are my favorite, so I chose to cover a mix of fresh and dried fruits. I started with the strawberries. Did a couple normal without toppings, but then dipped some in white chocolate at dropped some nonpareils to add color (this is giving me some good ideas for future chocolate covering projects for different holidays). You can buy nonpareils specifically made for any holiday, even the minor holidays.
For the coolest affect I dipped a tablespoon into the white chocolate, let the excess drip off then drizzled it back and forth over some of the milk and dark chocolate strawberries.
After dipping each one I layed them on the empty tray and let them set of to the side to dry. DO NOT place if the refrigerator.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit: Dried Mango, Dried Apricots, Dried Banana Chips
The dried fruits came next for this chocolate dipped treats project. I added some toppings and also drizzled different chocolates on top of each other.
TIP: When drizzling chocolate you don't have to wait for the first chocolate to set a bit, but I prefer to wait since the texture of the drizzled chocolate creates a texture that jumps out more, while drizzling melted chocolate on already warm, melted chocolate tends to blend more than I would like it to.
Dipping dried fruits was pretty straight forward, onto the next part.
2. Chocolate Dipped Cookies: Oreos, Nutter Butters, Pirouettes, Wafers, Rice Krispies Treats and more.
You could go nuts with this part. There are so many combinations you could do. I wimped out and only sugar-based toppings. I prefer to add toppings to my desserts that provide an additional taste, like mini chocolate candies, bits of nuts, toffee bits, cinnamon, butterscotch, etc., but you all could try this when you do your chocolate dipped treats projects, right?
For the most part I did everything in this step that I had done in the previous two with one exception. I made chocolate dipped oreo lollipops and one chocolate dipped rice krispies treats lollipop. For the oreo I simple carefully pulled the two halves apart and inserted the lollipop stick into the icing then patted the icing back down to hold down the stick. I splashed on some white chocolate on top of the icing to work as a cement to hold the two pieces together batter before I then inserted the whole cookie into the mug filled with chocolate. From there I added some toppings and I could have even drizzled chocolate.
The rice krispies treat lollipop was cool because covered in white chocolate and doused with sprinkles it looked like a vanilla ice cream cone.
3. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels: Pretzel Rods and Mini Pretzels
Besides chocolate covered apples, these are my favorite items to eat dipped in chocolate. There is so much you could do with these including making chocolate lollipops with pretzel rods (another future project).
Again I performed the same techniques on the pretzels as I had done in the previous steps, but again with one exception. I took some caramel for candy-making (Peter's Caramel works great) and covered a few pretzel rods. Then I dipped them in chocolate. You could add toppings and drizzle chocolate of course, and WOW this tastes good. Wish you could have been there!
Oh, I almost forgot one more thing I did with the pretzels for my chocolate dipped treats project, I dipped the mini pretzels with a spoon and doused them with toppings. Make sure you remove all the excess chocolate or they won't look as pretty. These make great Christmas gifts. You could drop a handful in a cellophane bag and tie them shut with a decorative bow.
Well, there you have it. A pallette of beautiful chocolate dipped treats.
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Show off your favorite chocolate covered treat pic!
Do you have pictures of your favorite chocolate covered treats? They can be anything chocolate covered fruit (strawberries, cherries, bananas, etc.), chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and on and on. I've even seen pics of chocolate covered bacon! What?! Yep, bacon.