Do the Dip: 12 Chocolate-Covered Fruit Recipes You’ll Love
Chocolate-dipped fruit is a classic Valentine’s Day dessert that’s delicious, decadent, and, yes, potentially healthy.
Can chocolate-dipped fruit really be healthy? Yep, because fruit is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. It’s also high in the good stuff, like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
And while it’s true that chocolate is high in calories, fat and sugar, some studies suggest that a moderate amount of high-quality dark chocolate may help prevent heart disease and promote artery health. That’s because the cocoa beans used to make chocolate contain flavanols, which are beneficial antioxidants and known to prevent or delay damage to cells. There’s also evidence that flavanols help lower blood pressure.
The trick is to go with dark chocolate with at least a 70% cacao content; it has the highest amount of flavanols.
After you have your chocolate, choose your fruit. Any kind is a perfect match for chocolate. For inspiration, check out these 12 much-loved recipes.
It’s easy to make this traditional Valentine’s Day dessert extra special: Just roll the berries in sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, nuts, or edible glitter before the chocolate sets.
Antioxidant-rich pomegranates are in season during winter. They taste amazing when drizzled with your favorite melted chocolate. Don’t stress about extracting the seeds—it’s actually very easy to deseed a pomegranate.