Chocolate Pistachio Covered Strawberry

Chocolatezzz, is there any taste buds that wouldn’t surrender to this???

The thought of chocolate itself is enough to tantalize my taste buds. Everyone, irrespective of age loves it, adores it and never will be able to resist it even if it is miles away from them.

This weekend being the Valentine’s day weekend, there will be high demand for chocolates all over the world. Obviously, chocolate has been the most selling gift in any store for valentine’s day and other special occasions. Without a box of chocolate, any gift for our dear ones would be incomplete. It’s the perfect gift to express your love.

Lately, I have been thinking what makes it so absolutely perfect gift for someone we love. While doing some internet research about chocolates, I read these interesting facts about chocolate.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine-the same chemical that is released in our brain when we fall in love which then leads to the increase in the pounding of heart and the sudden gush of excitement, which is also called as the ‘love chemical’. The sweetness from the chocolate also triggers the production of endorphins, which gives the blissful feeling after a wonderful session of love making.

In the fruit world, strawberry with the shape of a real heart and being an aphrodisiac has been considered as the fruit which symbolizes love.

After knowing these, for this valentine’s day I decided to combine the two symbols of love: Chocolates and Strawberries. For an extra flavor, I even added pistachios.

Chocolate Pistachios covered Strawberries make the perfect dessert to end your romantic candle light dinner or just a platter of this on the table would make the whole setting even more elegant. This could be made in just a matter of seconds.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Pistachios Covered Strawberry


Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries- 1 box

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – 1 1/2 cups

  • Coarsely ground pistachios- 1 cup

Instruction:

  • Coarsely grind the pistachios and keep aside in a bowl.

Melting chocolate  in a double boiler:

  • Fill bottom of a double boiler with water and place on low heat.
  • Place the chocolate chips on the top of the double boiler over hot water ( not boiling water) and let the chocolate melt.

  • Do not cover the pot.
  • Stir constantly until the chocolate melts and is smooth.

  • Remove the top of the boiler from the hot water.

If you don’t have double boiler:

  • Fill half of the saucepan with water and place on low heat.
  • Put the chocolate chips on a glass bowl and place the bowl on the hot water in the saucepan.
  • Stir constantly and let the chocolate melt.
  • Carefully remove from the glass bowl from the saucepan, it will be hot.

Dipping the strawberries:

  • Take one of the strawberries, first dip it in the melted chocolate.

  • Then dip it in the pistachios.

  • Place the chocolate pistachio covered strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to harden.

  • Repeat the same with other strawberries.
  • It will take around 20-30 minutes for the chocolate to harden.

Tips:

  • If you don’t like pistachios you could avoid this, dip just in the chocolates.
  • You could do this with other fruits or nuts like cherries, apples, cashew nuts, walnuts etc

Seeing marshmallows in my pantry, I got creative and made these:

 

Chocolate Pistachio Covered Strawberry
 
Ingredients
  • Fresh strawberries- 1 box
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1½ cups
  • Coarsely ground pistachios- 1 cup
Instructions
  1. Coarsely grind the pistachios and keep aside in a bowl.
Melting chocolate in a double boiler:
  1. Fill bottom of a double boiler with water and place on low heat.
  2. Place the chocolate chips on the top of the double boiler over hot water ( not boiling water) and let the chocolate melt.
  3. Do not cover the pot.
  4. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts and is smooth.
  5. Remove the top of the boiler from the hot water.
If you don't have double boiler:
  1. Fill the half of the saucepan with water and place on low heat.
  2. Put the chocolate chips on a glass bowl and place the bowl on the hot water in the saucepan.
  3. Stir constantly and let the chocolate melt.
  4. Carefully remove from the glass bowl from the saucepan, it will be hot.
Dipping the strawberries:
  1. Take one of the strawberries, first dip it in the melted chocolate.
  2. Then dip it in the pistachios.
  3. Place the chocolate pistachio covered strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to harden.
  4. Repeat the same with other strawberries.
  5. It will take around 20-30 minutes for the chocolate to harden.
Notes
If you don't like pistachios you could avoid this, dip just in the chocolates.
You could do this with other fruits or nuts like cherries, apples, cashew nuts, walnuts etc

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