Nutritious, healthful fruit draped with chocolate and frozen is the
perfect summer snack. Luckily, nature packages fruit in just the right
shapes and sizes for freezing - and for enrobing in chocolate.
The secret to making chocolate-covered fruit is to let the
fruit freeze first and dip it in chocolate later. Once this is
accomplished, the chocolaty fruit is returned to the freezer until it's
time to eat it.
Know Your Fruit
Some fruits freeze better than others. Bananas, cherries, berries,
grapes, oranges, pineapple, and apricots are among the best. Happily,
these also taste really good when covered with dark chocolate.
Apples and melons, usual family favorites, lose their texture when they are frozen. We don't recommend them for these treats.
Frozen Fruit Freeze
To begin, cover a baking sheet with wax
paper. Wash and dry the fruit thoroughly and then lay the pieces in a
single layer on the baking sheet. Freeze the fruit for at least one
hour, or until frozen.
If the fruit is frozen when not completely dry, it will develop ice
crystals. You don't want these as they interfere with the chocolate.
For frozen bananas, peel the banana and insert a wooden ice pop stick into one end. Lay the banana on the baking sheet.
Even smaller fruit does well with a handle. Insert toothpicks in
blueberries, cherries, raspberries, or strawberries. Thread several
pieces of fruit on an eight-inch wooden skewer before freezing.
Chocolate for Dipping
If you have a microwave, making the chocolate dip is easy. Put
semi-sweet chocolate morsels in a glass measuring cup and let them turn
soft and shiny after about two minutes in the microwave. Stir the
chocolate with a wooden spoon to a smooth, liquid pool.
If it does not easily liquefy, return the measuring cup to the
microwave for 30 to 40 seconds. Do not risk burning the chocolate by
leaving it for longer stints in the microwave.
Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Keep the water at a gentle simmer.
Let the chocolate cool just slightly and then dip the frozen
fruit in it. Cover the fruit entirely or just dip it partially. Put the
dipped fruit back on the wax paper-covered baking sheet and freeze
until the chocolate hardens.
Dress up the frozen treats for parties or fun, if you want. After
dipping the fruit in the chocolate, roll it in sprinkles, chopped
peanuts, shredded coconut, or crushed candy bars. Return the fruit to
the freezer until the chocolate hardens.