Chocolate Covered Strawberries (and other fruits)

A family tradition we've done off and on since moving to Florida is chocolate fondue for Valentine's day. On the way home from work, I got a half flat of strawberries and two pineapples for ten bucks and realized that I had way more strawberries than I would need for tomorrow.

So what to do? Make chocolate covered strawberries. You know, the same thing that Godiva charges $3 EACH for (yeah, they're good, it's freaking Godiva on those bad boys), but a lot cheaper. Even if you live in a part of the country that gets those strawberries trucked in for $8 a quart, your cost per strawberry will be somewhere around .25 each if you do it yourself.

And it is EASY, people. Really easy. Less than 20 minutes and you can go from :

to this:

What you need:

1 cup half and half or flavored creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1 cup chips of your choice
(don't cheap out on these. I used Nestle, but prefer using Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips. White are fine)
1 quart of strawberries or fruit of your choice (pineapple works well for this, as do oranges) Directions: Pour the first three ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave one minute and stir.
Then, if the chips haven't completely melted, microwave another 30 seconds and stir.
If needed, repeat 30 seconds. It should be rather soupy and easy to stir. If not, add a 1/4 cup of half and half at a time.
Dip the strawberries into the chocolate, rolling gently through until thoroughly coated, then place on wax or parchment paper (I had cupcake cups).
NOTE: The strawberries have to be dry or else the chocolate won't stick.
Refrigerate for at least a 1/2 hour, then they are ready to serve.
Yes, a lot of directions, but it's really simple.
You can give them as gifts to friends and loved ones, or you can just enjoy them all by yourself. I'll never share the secret that you know how to make these.


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