Strawberries are the perfect fruit. They are beautiful to look at, delicious to eat, and high in nutritive value. They are full of fiber, vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, and antioxidants. It is believed that they help lower blood pressure. It would be pretty hard to improve on that... well, unless you slather a little chocolate on them. Now studies show that dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and can help lower blood pressure, decrease your risk of heart disease, and even cancer. Who are we to stand in the way of lower blood pressure, a healthy heart, and cancer prevention? It's not just a matter of our wanting to eat chocolate-dipped strawberries, we NEED to eat them.
Start with firm, ripe strawberries. In a small, deep bowl, melt one 12 oz. package of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate morsels in the microwave until smooth. I prefer Ghirardelli because I think it has a richer, more gourmet chocolate taste, but use whatever is your personal favorite. Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with paper towels. Gently holding onto the leaves of the strawberry, dip each one into the melted chocolate, about 3/4 or more to the top. Scrape the excess chocolate onto the edge of the bowl and place the strawberries on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or foil. One 12 0z. bag of chocolate covers about 35 strawberries.