Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Recipe

chocolate covered strawberries
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Total Time 40 min
Prep 30 min, Cook 10 min
Yield 20 strawberries

I love chocolate-covered strawberries so much, I served them at my wedding. It turns out I wasn't alone: a quick search indicates that chocolate-covered strawberries are a near-guaranteed hit at weddings and other elaborate parties. They also go over well for Valentine's Day dinners.

But serving them (and enjoying them yourself) can be a problem if you're dealing with food allergies, since the chocolate chips you need to make chocolate-covered strawberries tend to contain allergens (usually dairy and soy, and sometimes gluten).

Fortunately, we do have some options: Thanks to Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free chocolate chips, you can now make an allergy-friendly version of your favorite chocolate-covered strawberries.

Enjoy Life's allergy-friendly products are free of the "big eight" allergens, including: wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. They're also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.

This delicious chocolate-covered strawberry recipe is simple enough for kids to make, and in fact can be a fun Valentine's Day or Mother's Day activity with children.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of strawberries (approximately 20)
  • 1 bag soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate chips, (Enjoy Life Foods)

Preparation

Rinse and pat dry strawberries, leaving stems and leaves intact.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between heating sessions. Heat until chocolate is just melted. Do not overheat.

Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip into chocolate about two-thirds of the way up the strawberry. When pulling the berry back out of the chocolate, twist it gently to shake off the excess chocolate.

If the chocolate starts to get too hard to dip the strawberries, return it to the microwave for 30 seconds.

If desired, sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles before they cool completely.

Place on baking sheet and allow to cool until chocolate is firm. Serve the same day you make them for freshest flavor. if your home is very warm, place strawberries in fridge for 30 minutes to help them cool.

Note: If you must avoid gluten and dairy, but don't have a problem with soy or other allergens, that opens up another option for chocolate chips you can use with this recipe: Sunspire Chocolate Dream gluten-free dairy-free chocolate baking chips.

Sunspire boasts that its chocolate chips are "crafted from select cocoa beans and processed in one of the few facilities in the world that can guarantee producing chocolate that’s free of all traces of dairy and gluten." They contain: evaporated cane juice, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and ground vanilla beans.

If you decide to use Sunspire (which is made by The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., just make certain you pick up the correct product. Hain Celestial/Sunspire makes several different varieties of chocolate chips (including one that's sweetened with barley, a gluten grain), and the only product that's gluten-free and dairy-free is the "Chocolate Dream" variety.

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